Pools Youth Team suffered an opening day defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by Chesterfield at Blackhall on Saturday.
John Hewitson’s youngsters had started the game brightly and caused their visitors some problems on the counter-attack; Liam Travers and Connor Simpson both passed up chances to open the scoring.
Six minutes before half time Pools did make the breakthrough though when a quick free-kick was expertly delivered by Josh Hawkes and Travers found space to head home.
Pools could even have increased their lead before the break but Brook Miller missed a good chance from a corner and Simpson missed a great chance to score after good work from Kenton Richardson down the right.
However, The Spireites got back on level terms early in the second half when they broke quickly on Pools to find a way past substitute keeper Ryan Catterick, who got a hand to the shot but couldn’t keep it out.
On the hour mark, Chesterfield went in front for the first time when Pools failed to close down on the edge of the box and a long-range shot found the back of the net.
Pools regained their composure quickly following the setback and began knocking the ball around well as they went in search of an equaliser.
Miller got on the end of a Hawkes corner but volleyed wastefully over the bar from close-range and that proved to be the last clear-cut opportunity as Pools slipped to defeat.
“There were some good individual performances but obviously it wasn’t the result we were looking for,” admitted Hewitson afterwards.
“We had enough good chances to have at least got a point from the game so it is really disappointing that we find ourselves talking about a defeat.
“The lads will learn from that though and hopefully we will bounce back strongly next week.”
Full Time: Pools 1 Chesterfield 2
Pools: Moloney (Catterick 40), Holliday, Cooper, Wood, Fielding, Miller, Richardson, Hawkes, Simpson (Orrell 75), Travers, Weirs (Jackson 30).
Boyle, Gillis.Subs not used: