Pools Youth Team slipped to a first defeat in three Youth Alliance League outings on Saturday as Scunthorpe United left Blackhall’s Welfare Park with a 2-1 victory.
It was a disappointing result, especially given that John Hewitson’s men had dominated the early stages and created several excellent scoring opportunities.
Jordan Jewson crashed home a goal of the season contender on 17 minutes when he found the net from thirty yards and, at that stage, it looked as though the hosts were set for three points.
Liam Travers, Aaron Cunningham and Jack Blackford all had chances to extend the lead, only for the visitors to get a lifeline right on the stroke of half time when they equalised from the penalty spot.
The goal seemed to affect John Hewitson’s side, who struggled to find the same intensity after the break although Blackford, Jewson and Dylan Elliott all spurned good opportunities to restore their lead.
However, it was The Iron who found the decisive third goal when Pools failed to clear a set-piece and were punished by the ruthless visiting side.
“We missed far too many chances and paid the penalty,” admitted Hewitson afterwards.
“We could have been three or four goals up in the first twenty minutes and if you don’t take your chances when they come then you run the risk of losing the game, which is what happened.
“We need to learn from that and get back to showing a more ruthless streak in front of goal which we have done for the majority of the season so far.”
Full Time: Pools 1 Scunthorpe United 2
Pools: Dawson, Cunningham, Varga, Howes, Briggs, Hawkes, Elliott, Richardson, Blackford, Jewson, Travers (Wood 65).
Catterick, Fielding, Male, Quinn.Subs not used: