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Youth Team Look To Clinch Cup Progress

6 October 2017

Hartlepool United Youth Team 2017/18
Hartlepool United Youth Team 2017/18

Pools Youth Team look to seal their place in the next round of the Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday when they host Morecambe at Blackhall Welfare Park (12noon kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters have won their first two games in the group stages of the competition and know they only need a point to ensure their progress.

However, there’ll be no thinking of playing for a draw in the Pools camp with McGuckin insisting that his players will be going all-out to ensure they go through in style.

“We want to complete this stage with another win,” he told us.

“The lads have done well so far in this competition but I don’t see any reason why we can’t round it off with another win and go through with a 100% record.

“We go in to every game confident we can do well; we know Morecambe were a bit unlucky in their last cup game against York so we can’t afford to take them lightly.

“We approach every game in exactly the same way so we’ll go in to it with positivity and hopefully get another good result.”

McGuckin will be without Niall Short who continues his rehabilitation from knee injury, while there will be a late decision made on Jon Weirs who has a slight calf strain.

Meanwhile, Pools Youth Team have been drawn to host FC Halifax Town in the final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup.

McGuckin’s side brushed past Hebburn Town 3-0 at the previous stage on Monday night and their reward is a home tie to be played at The Vic in the week commencing 16th October.

“It was great to progress on Monday and we’re pleased with a home draw,” said McGuckin.

“The lads will be buzzing to play in the competition again but even more so now they’re getting a chance to show what they can do on the Victoria Park pitch.”

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