Pools Youth Team fell to a disappointing 3-2 defeat as Doncaster Rovers edged a competitive encounter at Welfare Park in Blackhall on Saturday.
It was a tight opening to the game with neither side getting the upper hand but it was Rovers who stole in front on 17 minutes when Pools failed to fully clear a set-piece and the visitors took advantage to score.
Things got even worse for Pools just six minutes later when possession was given up cheaply in midfielder and the Rovers player burst forward to unleash a great strike from 35-yards to make it 2-0.
However, Pools got back in to the game almost immediately as Niall Short dribbled past his man on the left wing and supplied a fantastic cross to the back post where Kenton Richardson volleyed in to half Rovers’ lead.
Pools began the second half brightly as they looked to find another route to goal and Joseph Jackson came close to levelling things up only to see his shot come back off the post, while Connor Simpson and Jon Weirs also passed-up good opportunities.
To make matters worse, the visitors then counter-attacked effectively to make it 3-1 as Pools allowed a runner from midfield to move in to the box and score.
There was hope again for Pools on 87 minutes when Lewis Orrell scored to make it 3-2 after good work in the build-up from Richardson and Brooklyn Miller but it proved too little too late and they were left to ponder a frustrating defeat.
“We had plenty of chances in the game but if you’re going to concede goals like that then we’ll struggle to win games,” admitted John Hewitson afterwards.
“Overall, the performance was pretty steady and there were some good individual displays but we have to give ourselves a better platform in games by defending more strongly as a team.”
Full Time: Pools 2 Doncaster Rovers 3
Pools: Moloney, Miller, Cooper (Jackson 46), Wood, Fielding, Owen, Richardson, Orrell, Simpson (Holliday 68), Weirs, Short.
Catterick, Boyle, Fell.Subs not used: