Pools Youth Team are in action once again on Saturday morning as they host York City at The Racecourse in Durham (11am kick-off).
The games continue to come thick and fast for Ian McGuckin’s young players and he’s once again named a selection of Under-16s in his line-up for the weekend’s Youth Alliance League outing.
The Youth Team have been beaten in agonising fashion in each of their last two games with late goals robbing of them of a deserved share of the spoils against Chesterfield and Scunthorpe United in the past week.
However, McGuckin has been encouraged by the way the younger members of his squad have reacted to being thrust in to the action and he’s looking for more of the same on Saturday.
“They have put in some good performances recently and not got their rewards,” he admitted.
“It’s not been an ideal situation but it’s an invaluable opportunity for our younger players to get this kind of experience a little earlier than perhaps they would have.
“Results haven’t gone out way but there are far more benefits to gain in terms of player development because these young lads are getting a head-start in the Youth Team and hopefully that will serve us well going in to next season.
“That said, we do all like to win and I’m confident that if we play with the same enthusiasm, determination and work-ethic as we’ve shown in the past couple of games then we can get three points on Saturday.”
Liam Pritchard is still missing as he recovers from a virus, while it’s been confirmed that Niall Short will be out for the rest of the season after fracturing his wrist.
We’ll have a full report and reaction here on the Official Website on Monday.
Pools: Young, Holliday, Thompson, Bayne, Webster, Willoughby, Rennison, Naylor, White, Fox, Scott.
Subs: Stephenson, Miller, Murphy, Boyle, Jackson.