Pools Youth Team are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they make the trip to face Chesterfield in the Youth Alliance League (12noon kick-off).
Ian McGuckin’s men remain at the best of the North East table but still have some games in hand on most of the teams above them so will hope to make some progress this weekend.
However, they’ll face a stiff test against a sixth-placed Chesterfield outfit who will still have ambitions to push towards the top two in the table after enjoying a solid campaign to date.
“It will be tough for us,” explained McGuckin, whose squad will be predominantly made up for Under-16 players again this weekend.
“Chesterfield are a big and physical side who will have a presence but so did Bradford City last week and we coped well with that so we’re just looking to focus on our own performance.
“It’s another opportunity for the younger players to get a head-start for next season and show what they can do as look to build on the display we put in against Oldham during the week.”
Niall Short won’t be involved after fracturing his wrist playing for the Reserves at Mansfield Town on Thursday, while Jack Cooper has a dead leg so won’t be risked and Liam Pritchard is still recovering from a virus.
The game takes place at St George Park Graves on Bochum Way in Sheffield and we’ll have a full report and reaction here on the Official Website on Monday.