Pools Youth Team shared the points with Burton Albion in an entertaining Youth Alliance League encounter on Saturday afternoon.
John Hewitson’s youngsters were once again out of the traps quickly in the game and could have been in front on ten minutes when Connor Simpson found the net with a header but the referee had spotted a foul.
Simpson had his head in his hands again moments later when he got on the end of another cross in to the box but this time he sent his effort just wide with the goal gaping.
Just after the half-hour mark, it was Albion who stole in to the lead when Pools failed to deal with a free-kick in to the box and the hosts were able to force the ball home for 1-0.
The second half started in sluggish fashion for Pools but then Lewis Orrell livened things up when he drove in to the Albion penalty area and was fouled; Josh Hawkes stepped up to score the equaliser from the resultant spot-kick.
However, just ten minutes later The Brewers restored their advantage when again Pools only managed a to half clear a ball in to the area and when it was returned the home side forced it in to the net.
Pools needed to show character to recover once more and they fought back well to snatch a share of the spoils when Liam Travers headed home from Hawkes’ pinpoint cross.
And Travers had a great chance to have handed Pools all three points near the end after controlling another cross in to the box but his well-struck shot was pushed wide by the keeper.
“I think you have say that, overall, a draw was a fair result,” admitted Hewitson.
“There were some good performances from us but again we didn’t take as many chances as I would have liked and we gave away a couple of goals which were preventable.
“However, there were more positives than negatives, it’s another point on the board and we’ll get back to work in training again this week now.”
Full Time: Burton Albion 2 Pools 2
Pools: Moloney, Richardson, Cooper, Wood, Owen, Fielding, Travers, Orrell, Simpson (Jackson 52), Hawkes, Weirs.
Catterick, Holliday, Miller, Boyle.Subs not used: