Pools Youth Team saw their unbeaten run come to an end on Tuesday afternoon as they were beaten 3-1 at Burton Albion in the final game of their Youth Alliance League campaign.
Going in to the midweek encounter with The Brewers, Nick Green’s youngsters were six unbeaten and were brimming with confidence – something which showed in the early stages.
Pools enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening minutes and Connor Simpson could have opened the scoring when he got on the end of a neat passing move but drilled his shot agonisingly wide.
However, despite making most of the running, Pools were caught out on the counter-attack by Albion when they swept forward down the right to deliver for the forward to make it 1-0 against the run of play.
Pools almost hit back immediately when Cameron Holliday drove beyond the full-back and delivered a great ball in to the box but Liam Travers’ header was well saved by the home keeper.
Lewis Orrell then saw his shot come back off the bar following great work from Jon Weirs and Ryan Robinson as Pools pressed for a leveller.
Travers had a fantastic opportunity to score early in the second half when he was put through on goal but the keeper stood tall and blocked his shot.
Having lost Holliday to injury during the latter stages of the first half, Pools also had to replace the influential Robinson as they chased the game during the second period.
They were dealt a cruel blow when Albion doubled their lead as they once again made good progress down the flank and produced another good delivery in to the middle to make it 2-0.
Pools were back in it with fifteen minute left when Weirs threaded a pass through to free Niall Short and he continued his intelligent run to pull a goal back for the visitors.
The pressure continued to build as time ticked away and there were opportunities for Simpson, Travers and Short to bring it back to 2-2 but Pools were caught again on the break by Burton who raced away to make it 3-1 and secure the points.
“The result didn’t do our performance justice,” insisted Green afterwards.
“I was delighted with the way the lads played and how we stopped Burton from imposing their game on and, even though it’s a disappointing result, it was far from a disappointing display.
“We were a little disjointed once we were forced in to making our changes but that was to be expected and I was pleased with the way the lads kept going.
“The boys are disappointed that the unbeaten run has come to an end but the run we’ve been on hasn’t been a fluke and there are plenty of things to build on and come back strongly next season.”
Full Time: Burton Albion 3 Pools 1
Moloney (Catterick 65), Owen, Cooper, Orrell, Fielding, Weirs, Robinson (Boyle 60), Short, Travers, Simpson, Holliday (Leonard 39 (Rennison 80)).Pools: