Pools Youth Team extended their unbeaten run to five games with a battling goalless draw at Lincoln City in the Youth Alliance League on Saturday.
Brimming with confidence after two consecutive wins, Pools burst out of the traps against The Imps and could have been in front inside ten minutes when Jon Weirs played in Connor Simpson but he was shoved off the ball as he prepared to shoot and the referee ignored claims for a penalty.
It was a let-off for the hosts but that didn’t deter Pools and Simpson should have put them in front on 15 minutes when he ran through to round the goalkeeper but then couldn’t squeeze the ball home.
Liam Travers was next to come close after he was sent through on goal by Weirs but the keeper did well to narrow the angle and made a good save to keep the game at 0-0.
Ethan Wood had a couple of decent opportunities but fired over, while Lewis Orrell could also have opened the scoring after another incisive Weirs’ pass but shot wide.
Travers had the opening chance of the second half when he wriggled past the last defender but then took one too many touches and was closed down by the goalkeeper.
Ryan Robinson’s deliveries from wide areas began to cause problems for the home side with Travers, Cameron Holliday and Simpson all on the end of them but not with the touches required to open the scoring.
Travers had another great opportunity when he found space from a Weirs free-kick but could not convert, while Simpson saw a well-struck volley dealt with by the busy City keeper.
The hosts could even have nicked a win right at the death when they caught Pools on the counter-attack but a last-ditch block saved the day and ensured the spoils were shared.
“Some of our build-up play was a joy to watch but we just couldn’t apply that finishing touch and perhaps lacked composure in front of goal at times,” admitted John Hewitson afterwards.
“We knocked at the door and probably created enough to have won two games but you have to put the ball in the net and we just couldn’t manage it today.
“Lincoln made it difficult for us to break them down and we did find ways around that and probably deserved to have won the game but it wasn’t to be.
“The positives are that it’s another clean sheet and five games unbeaten now and the return of seven points from nine in the last week is reward for some excellent performances.”
Full Time: Lincoln City 0 Pools 0