Pools Youth Team came back from two goals down to take a richly-deserved point in their Youth Alliance League outing at Chesterfield on Saturday.
It was fairly even start to the game, with Pools enjoying their fair share of attacking promise only to fall behind on 21 minutes when they were outdone by a slick Chesterfield counter-attack.
However, Pools didn’t allow the setback to affect their composure and they continued to play some good football; Lewis Orrell was found brilliantly by Jon Weirs and he slipped the ball through for Liam Travers but the forward fired just wide.
Frustratingly, John Hewitson’s youngsters were caught on the break by their hosts again just before half time and The Spireites were able to make it 2-0 going in to the interval.
Pools came out fighting at the start of the second half though and were back in the game on 49 minutes when a well-delivered free-kick was nodded down by Connor Simpson and Travers applied the finishing touch to make it 2-1.
Joe Jackson came close to levelling things up with a rasping drive which cannoned back off the post, while Simpson saw his goalbound effort deflected wide after good work by Niall Short.
It was all-square just before the hour mark when Weirs played in a well-worked corner and Travers found enough space to head in his second of the afternoon to make it 2-2.
And Pools could even have snatched a victory when Jackson escaped away behind the Chesterfield defence only to pull his shot just wide of the target.
“By the end we looked the more likely team to go on and win it,” insisted Hewitson afterwards.
“We managed the game well for the most part which was pleasing after last week’s defeat and to come from two goals down to get a point was a good test of their character.
“Weirs and Orrell helped us control the game and their hunger and application during the game deserves a mention.”
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