Ian McGuckin has called on his young players to continue their brilliant cup form as they host Chester in the FA Youth Cup at Victoria Park on Wednesday (7pm kick-off).
Pools have a 100% record in cup competitions this season having stormed through their Youth Alliance League Cup group and also beaten FC Halifax Town in the last stage of the FA Youth Cup.
Things go up a notch on Wednesday night when they take part in the First Round Proper of the prestigious competition and McGuckin is hoping the experience of winning at The Vic last month can hold them in good stead.
“The lads are excited again, there’s been a buzz around the training ground,” McGuckin admitted.
“We had an excellent, high-intensity session on Tuesday morning so that bodes well and I am hoping that can be reflected in our performance on Wednesday.
“They played at The Vic a couple of weeks ago so they’ve got that out of the way so I am hoping they can settle it in to it a little quicker this time and put in a more composed display.
“We’ve done well all of our cup games to date this season – I don’t know why that is but we’ve performed well every time in the different competitions so we’re looking for that to continue.”
McGuckin has called on Pools fans to rally behind his team for the game and come and take advantage of the chance to see the potential stars of tomorrow in action at The Vic.
“I think the lads are really looking forward to playing in front a good crowd,” he told us.
“There will be the usual family and friends there but I would massively appreciate it and so would the lads of plenty of Pools fans turned up as well.
“It’s a chance to come and see what hopefully will be the First Team players of the future so if you can make to The Vic we’d be really thankful for the support.”
Niall Short is still nursing a knee injury so won’t be involved but, other than that, McGuckin has a fully-fit squad to choose from against Chester this evening.
Admission prices are just £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.
We’ll have a full report and reaction to the game here on the Official Website following the final whistle.