Pools Youth Team fell to a disappointing 5-3 defeat to Grimsby Town on Saturday as some sloppy defending left them with a mountain to climb against The Mariners.
John Hewitson’s men started the game brightly and created a couple of good early opportunities after some enterprising play down the wings.
However, they found themselves two down by the break and conceded a third just after half time as the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck.
Jack Blackford looked like Pools’ best bet for a route back in to the game and when he was fouled on the wing, he picked himself up to send the free-kick right on to the head of Dylan Armstrong who nodded in to make it 3-1.
The goal gave Pools encouragement and they reduced the deficit further when full-back Scott Howes got forward to good effect and slipped the ball past the keeper for 3-2.
Jordan Jewson could have brought Pools level almost immediately when he was released one-on-one with the keeper by Armstrong’s incisive pass, but his effort was saved.
Pools were made to pay for that miss when Town hit the net again to open up a two-goal advantage and they made it 5-2 when keeper James Dawson could only parry a shot and the visiting striker was first to the rebound.
Howes clipped a ball forward to Jewson who did well to control and volley in a third goal for Pools – but in truth it was scant consolation for the youngsters as they fell to defeat at Blackhall.
“Defensively we were very poor,” admitted Hewitson afterwards.
“We just gifted Grimsby their goals and these individual errors that have blighted our season have got to stop because we’re not giving ourselves a chance.
“Again we showed good ability in possession and create plenty of scoring opportunities but if you concede as many soft goals as we do you’re always going to be struggling.”
Full Time: Pools 3 Grimsby Town 5
Pools: Dawson, Carr, Skidmore, Cunningham, Howes, Richardson, Jewson, Briggs, Blackford, Armstrong, C Wood (Fielding 65).
Catterick, Hart, E Wood, Travers.Subs not used: