Pools Youth Team got back to winning ways on Saturday with a confidence-boosting 2-0 triumph over York City in the Youth Alliance Cup at Blackhall’s Welfare Park.
John Hewitson’s youngsters secured their safe passage from the group stages of the competition thanks to first half goals from Josh Hawkes and Under-16 star Joe Jackson.
Pools began the game on the front foot and dominated the opening period, getting their reward on 20 minutes when Connor Simpson was felled in the box and Hawkes stepped up to convert from the penalty spot.
It didn’t take long for the lead to be doubled either; Kenton Richardson drove inside from the right to slip the ball through for Jackson and the youngster kept his cool to score his first goal for the Youth Team.
Jackson could even have made it 3-0 shortly afterwards but saw his shot saved, while Simpson and Richardson both came close to finding the net as half-time approached.
Pools continued to control the game after the break and, after seeing out a short period of York pressure, Simpson had two opportunities to score before Richardson was denied by a great save from the visiting keeper.
“We thoroughly deserved the win,” insisted a delighted Hewitson afterwards.
“We’ve finished top of the group and got through to the next stage of the competition which is great for the lads – it was a real team performance.
“A special mention must go to Joe Jackson who scored his first goal for the Youth Team and, on another day, he could have had a couple more too.
“It’s a good result, a clean sheet was the bonus, and now we need to build on it.”
Full Time: Pools 2 York City 0
Pools: Catterick, Owen, Cooper, Wood, Fielding, Orrell, Richardson, Hawkes, Jackson (Boyle 90), Simpson, Weirs.
Moloney, Miller, Holliday, Rennison.Subs not used: