Connor Simpson came off the bench to score the winner for Pools Reserves at York City as they kept pace with Grimsby Town at the top of the Central League table.
Sam Collins led a young side - which included two trialists in the shape of goalkeeper Nik Tzanev and winger Malachi Lavelle-Moore – as they looked for another three points at Bootham Crescent.
Beginning the day level on points with Grimsby at the top of the North East Division, Pools knew they would face a difficult challenge against City who were six points behind them in third spot.
There were chances at both ends in the early stages as first the hosts drove an effort just over the bar before Pools had a Jake Orrell goal ruled out for offside.
Jake Orrell produced the most dangerous moment of a quite opening forty-five minutes when he shot from just outside the box was well collected by City keeper Luke Simpson.
Pools began the second half on the front foot and tested Simpson again when an inswinging corner to the front post was punched clear by the home keeper.
But there was nothing Simpson could do on 53 minutes when Jake Orrell was sent through on goal and he calmly slotted the ball in to the back of the net from just inside the area to make it 1-0.
The lead lasted little over fifteen minutes though as the hosts got back on level terms through Alex Bruton, who got on the end of an inch-perfect cross from Danny Holmes to nod home.
Young forward Connor Simpson was introduced with just a quarter of an hour remaining and he made an instant impact when he was put through on goal by Jack Blackford to score with his first touch and make it 2-1.
The Minstermen applied some late pressure as they looked for a second equaliser but Sam Fielding drove an effort just wide before keeper Nik Tzanev did well to deny Bruton his second goal of the afternoon in injury time.
With news that Grimsby had also won in their game at Chesterfield, the latest round of results mean that the home fixture with The Mariners in fortnight’s time could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title.
“We did okay at times but I have seen us play better,” admitted Collins afterwards.
“We were trying to do things a little differently to what some of them are used to today and when you put across new ideas it can take time with younger players.
“The most pleasing thing was their attitude, the way they kept trying to do the right things and their work-rate was superb so I was pleased with them overall.”
Full Time: York City 1 Pools 2
Pools: Tzanev, Nearney, Pollock, Fielding, Martin, Smith (Simpson 74), Green (L Orrell 68), Elliott, Lavelle-Moore (Rodney 46), J Orrell (Blackford 55), Hawkes.
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