A second half double from Liam Travers saw Pools Youth Team come from behind against Lincoln City to bag their third successive victory at Welfare Park in Blackhall on Sunday.
Visitors Lincoln gave as good as they got during an open first period which was rich on chances but somehow failed to provide a breakthrough for either side.
Travers and Josh Hawkes both saw great opportunities to score come and go, with The Imps keeper making one particularly good save after Pools had cut their opponents open with some slick football.
The second period was a more one-sided affair as Pools penned City in their own half for long spells as they went in search of the opening goal.
However, it was The Imps who broke away on the counter-attack and a good move down the left provided a tap-in in the middle as the visitors grabbed an unlikely lead.
Pools could have let their heads drop but instead offered an almost instant response; a left-wing corner was hung in to the box where Travers rose above everyone to head powerfully in to the net to level things up.
After that Pools continued to look the more likely winners and they got their reward for some heavy pressure when Connor Simpson wriggled around a few challenges on the left edge of the area before rolling the ball across to Travers who had the time to take a touch and finish from eight yards.
There were chances for John Hewitson’s youngsters to add some gloss to their victory during the final stages of the game but the City defence held firm and it finished 2-1.
“I felt it was a well-deserved win because we were dominant in the game,” Hewitson told us afterwards.
“We could have been out of sight at half time really but we just didn’t have that cutting edge and that helped keep Lincoln in the game.
“Sometimes football can kick you in the teeth and that’s how it felt when we conceded the goal – it was one lapse in concentration, a ball goes in to our box and we’re one down.
“The response was brilliant though; we’ve got some good characters in the squad and they have a strong team spirit and it was great to get the goal back so quickly.
“After that I felt the momentum was really with us and I could sense a winning goal coming so it was nice to see Liam get his second and win us the three points.
“That’s three wins in a row now which is fantastic; we’re in a false position in the table in my opinion so we need to keep this run going so that we can climb up to where we believe we should be.”
Full Time: Pools 2 Lincoln City 1
Pools: Catterick, Richardson, Holliday, Wood, Fell, Owen, Hawkes, Orrell, Simpson, Travers (Jackson 85), Weirs.
Moloney, Cooper, Boyle, Colquhoun.Subs not used: