A young Pools Reserve side were beaten 5-1 by Newcastle United Under 21s in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Magpies’ training ground on Wednesday afternoon.
The hosts proved too clinical in front of goal for Pools and went in front inside the first couple of minutes when Greg Olley sent a ball through the defence and Jonathyn Quinn rounded Joel Dixon to score.
Newcastle doubled their lead before the break when Lubo Satka’s cross from the right was tucked home by Tom Heardman to make it 2-0.
Pools rallied in the second half and they got back in to the game when Josh Nearney played a ball over the top for Jack Compton who squared it for Callam Wood to score.
However, Heardman helped himself to a second of the game to restore the home side’s two-goal advantage when he slotted home from the penalty spot.
Callum Roberts then added a fourth for Newcastle before Daniel Barlaser made it 5-1 following good work from substitute Liam Gibson.
“It’s a disappointing scoreline obviously but I think we actually played quite well,” explained Sam Collins, who looked after the side.
“The goals we conceded were sloppy but we played some good football at times, particularly in the first half, so it’s a harsh result in many ways.
“Overall though, it was a good workout for the boys who haven’t played as much First Team football in the opening month of the season.
“It’s also good for the younger lads as part of their development where they can learn what kind of things they need to do to get to the next level.”
Full Time: Newcastle United Under 21s 5 Pools Reserves 1
Pools: Dixon, Nearney, Rowbotham, Jones, Richards, Holden, Green, Woods, Smith, Woods (Blackford 65), Compton (Armstrong 65).
Barber, Carr, Mitchinson.Subs not used: