Pools Youth Team suffered a heavy defeat at Notts County on Saturday as The Magpies ran out 6-2 winners in the Youth Alliance League encounter.
John Hewitson’s men actually started the game very well and were on the front foot on the early stages as Liam Travers just failed to connect with an inviting Kenton Richardson delivery.
Connor Simpson had the opportunity to put Pools in front midway through the first half but couldn’t convert from close range, while Jon Weirs saw his tame shot held by the keeper.
Josh Hawkes’ vision created the next opening for Pools and he fed the ball through for Travers, who had made an intelligent run, but his header from just inside the six-yard area dropped wide.
County made the most of Pools’ missed chances when they went in front ten minutes before half time when a fierce shot crept in at Scott Moloney’s near post.
A poor clearance allowed the hosts to double their lead early in the second half but Pools pulled a goal back almost immediately when Lewis Orrell drove forward to pick out Hawkes and he drove home to make it 2-1.
However, County restored their two-goal advantage with their next attack and then a terrible ten-minute spell saw the home side score three more times to make it 6-1.
Travers added a further consolation goal for Pools near the end but the damage was already done and Hewitson’s youngster were left to contemplate their heaviest defeat of the season.
“The way we played out of possession in the second half has cost us badly,” explained Hewitson after the final whistle.
“We must be more resolute and compact but the mistakes we made have gifted the game to Notts County and we’re really disappointed.
“At times we were good in possession and we created a lot of chances throughout the game but, if you don’t take them and you defend like we did, then you’re going to cause yourself problems.”
Full Time: Notts County 6 Pools 2
Pools: Moloney, Owen, Cooper, Wood, Fielding, Richardson, Hawkes, Travers, Simpson (Boyle 81), Weirs (Miller 75).
Bramley, McGregor.Subs not used: