Another late sucker-punch left Pools Youth Team to ponder defeat despite a strong performance at Scunthorpe United on Thursday afternoon.
Ian McGuckin’s young outfit were more than value for at least a share of the spoils on a difficult Brigg Town pitch but a goal four minutes from time was enough to settle it in the home side’s favour.
Pools dominated in the early stages, putting together some lovely football and putting pressure on their hosts with a number of corners, one of which was nodded just wide by Jacob Owen.
Brook Miller also came close to opening the scoring but also saw his header flash just off-target as Pools continued to push their opponents on to the back foot.
More good possession for Pools at the start of the second half began to cause problems for Scunthorpe as McGuckin’s young players passed it well and worked through the thirds of the pitch.
Joe Jackson struck an angled drive just wide of the far post and saw another effort well blocked by a home defender, while Daniel Boyle also had a chance but more good defending kept him at bay.
With 86 minutes on the clock Pools were caught out at the back as the Scunthorpe forward was allowed to take up possession, cut inside and finish well to steal the points for The Iron.
“It was another heart-breaking end to the game for the lads – and something they definitely didn’t deserve,” McGuckin insisted afterwards.
“We played well and created numerous opportunities to have taken the lead; we were dominant in the game and it’s hard to take that we’re coming away with nothing.
“We’ll pick them up again though because I was so pleased with the way they played, they’re just getting some tough lessons at the moment.”
Full Time: Scunthorpe United 1 Pools 0
Pools: Young, Murphy, Miller, Owen, Cooper, Robinson (Leonard 85), Boyle, Orrell, Weirs, Jackson, Fox.
Subs not used: Holliday, Bayne, Rennison.