Rotherham United run out winners in Youth Alliance League fixture.Pools Youth Team were beaten 3-2 in an entertaining Youth Alliance game at Rotherham United on Saturday morning.
The Millers began the game with good intensity and pushed Pools on to the back foot in the opening stages and John Hewitson's men had to show determination in defence.
After seeing off the early pressure, Pools counter-attacked to great effect and snatched the opening goal of the game when Tom Mitchinson played in Connor Halpin who calmly slotted past the keeper.
It could even have got better for Pools when Halpin had a great chance to double his tally moments later but the home defence got back just in time to prevent him scoring.
Pools were growing in confidence and came close to making it 2-0 when Callum Hope saw his shot cleared off the line after some wonderful build-up play.
But as half time loomed large, the hosts struck back when some slack defending allowed them to level things before the break.
Hewitson's youngster began the second half with real purpose but taking some risks at the back cost them as Rotherham broke to go in to the lead for the first time in the game.
The advantage was short-lived though, as Josh Nearney collected a loose ball on the edge of the box and curled home a great shot to level things at 2-2.
However, as Ryan Tuck lay injured, The Millers ran clear to score the decisive goal with time running out to take the three points and inflict a cruel defeat on Pools.
"I thought a draw would have been a fairer result," admitted Hewitson afterwards.
"Both sides had their spells in the game and but for some sloppy defending at times we could even have taken all three points so we're disappointed."
Full Time: Rotherham United 3 Pools 2
Pools: Foden, Brown, Nearney, Tuck (Nellis 89), Turner, Walker, Hope, Mitchinson (Smith 55), Harbottle (Bridges 70), Halpin, L Green.
Scott, K Green.Subs not used: