Pools Youth Team won their second game in a row and extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 2-1 triumph over Notts County on Tuesday afternoon.
Having twice come from behind to beat York City on Saturday, confidence was high among the Pools youngsters and they quickly got on the front foot when they hosted The Magpies at Blackhall.
Cameron Holliday and Connor Simpson linked-up well to create an early opportunity for Liam Travers which the front man just couldn’t turn in to a goal.
Travers was then involved in the build-up to another good opening as he intelligently switched the play to Liam Pritchard who found Simpson but the striker was closed down before he could shoot.
Pools managed to get their noses in front three minutes before the break when Jon Weirs supplied an excellent delivery in to the box from which Simpson tucked away his 17th goal of the season.
There were early chances for Holliday and Joe Jackson at the start of the second half as Pools continued to dominate against their Magpies counterparts.
They got their rewards on 65 minutes when a lovely, sweeping move found Pritchard on the right and he swung in a cross for Travers to head home his 24th goal of the campaign.
In-form Travers could have doubled his tally and made it 3-1 five minutes later after being fouled in the box but the keeper saved his penalty and kept the visitors in the game.
County made sure of a nervy finish by pulling a goal back with thirteen minutes left though Pools could have restored their two-goal advantage immediately but Travers missed from a tight angle.
However, Pools did enough to hold on for a richly-deserved victory and continue their strong finish to the current campaign.
“The character and togetherness was needed at the end of what should have been a comfortable victory,” admitted John Hewitson afterwards.
“I’ve got to be delighted with the lads in recent weeks because they’ve really taken on board what we’ve been telling them and showing adaptability and game intelligence.”
Full Time: Pools 2 Notts County 1
Pools: Moloney, Owen, Cooper, Orrell, Fielding, Weirs, Pritchard (Robinson 83), Jackson (Boyle 81), Travers, Simpson, Holliday.
Subs not used: Young, Short.