Pools Youth Team make their point after another thriller at Welfare Park.
Pools Youth Team rounded off their 2013 in typical fashion by taking a point from a thrilling 3-3 draw against Scunthorpe United at Blackhall Colliery Welfare.
John Hewitson’s men have been no strangers to games involving high goal counts during the last twelve months so it was fitting to end the year in the same vein.
The game began at high tempo with Pools on the front foot and they made their pressure tell when they went in front through Dylan Armstrong, who found space after being played in by Andy Bridges.
However, the lead didn’t last long as Pools’ youngsters failed to make the most of the corner and saw Scunthorpe counter-attack effectively to level the scores.
A clumsily-conceded corner kick led to a second goal for the visitors before the break; the Iron centre-forward getting on the end of the delivery to head past Mark Foden to make it 2-1.
Pools once again showed their character though and Bridges went through to produce a tidy left-foot finish to equalise after an incisive ball from Armstrong.
Momentum was starting to gather behind Pools but again they were caught on the break and Scunthorpe were able to re-establish their lead with a well-taken goal.
Again, Pools produced a strong response and they were back on level terms once again when Josh Nearney’s spectacular long-range drive from thirty yards found the net.
Hewitson’s battlers went on to create several good opportunities to have claimed all three points but could not quite find the required killer touch in front of goal and it ended all-square.
“I have to praise the character of the players to come from behind twice like they did,” Hewitson commented.
“If we can cut out the silly mistakes that are costing us so dearly then we can really look forward to 2014 with positivity and enthusiasm.”
Full Time: Pools 3 Scunthorpe United 3
Pools: Foden, Carr, Nearney, Nellis, Turner, Harbottle (Blackford 80), Wright (Briggs 70), Green, Bridges, Armstrong, Smith.
Elliot, Jewson.Subs not used: