Pools Youth Team are back in action on Monday evening when they travel to Morpeth Town in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup (7.30pm kick-off).
Ian McGuckin’s youngsters were beaten 3-2 at the weekend, bringing to an end a run of two successive wins, and now they want to respond in style as they hit the cup trail.
“The lads are really excited – as soon as they realise the FA Youth Cup games are coming around it’s all they talk about,” revealed McGuckin.
“If they can get through the early rounds there could be a chance of playing at The Vic or on a big stage at another stadium so the carrot is there for them.
“It’s the same every year because it is a big competition but we have to approach it in exactly the same way as we do any other game.
“We’ve got stronger as time has gone on in most of our games so far and shown good character so we’ll do that again and give maximum effort – if we do that we’ll have a good chance of winning.”
Pools know they’ll be in for a tough test at Morpeth, who have already enjoyed comfortable wins over Hebburn and Carlisle City to reach this stage of the competition.
Niall Short remains sidelined with a knee injury and won’t feature but McGuckin has called-up Under 16s duo Connor Rennison and Jack Leonard to his travelling squad.
We’ll have a full report and reaction to the game at Craik Park here on the Official Website on Tuesday.