Pools Youth Team were punished by a late goal for a third game in succession as visitors York City ran out 3-2 winners at The Racecourse on Saturday.
There was a bright start for Ian McGuckin’s youngsters as they enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening stages, with Brad Fox looking lively, but they couldn’t find a way to test the City keeper.
York grew in to the game and grabbed the opening goal on the half hour when Pools gave away a needless free-kick in a wide area and the delivery deceived keeper Brad Young and found the net.
Pools responded well to the setback though and were on level terms eight minutes later when Joe Jackson made no mistake from close range.
And it got better Pools four minutes before half-time when a good move saw White slip a ball through for Fox and he converted the chance to make it 2-1 going in to the break.
Pools could have increased their lead just after the hour mark when Connor Rennison’s free-kick found Josh Bayne in the area but he volleyed over the bar from ten yards.
Both sides were giving as good as they got but it was York who grabbed the next goal midway through the second half when they bundled the ball home from a corner.
Cameron Holliday then picked out a great through ball for Fox who escaped on goal but saw his fierce shot beat the keeper only to come back off the crossbar.
And with just a minute left on the clock Rennison lost possession in a dangerous area and a City player drove in to the box to slot home the winning goal and leave Pools heartbroken once more.
“We need to stay switched on for the full ninety minutes and cut out the individual errors,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.
“We got ourselves in to a position to go on and win the game but then we’ve shot ourselves in the foot again and it’s another tough lesson for the lads.”
Full Time: Pools 2 York City 3
Pools: Young, Holliday, Thompson, Bayne, Webster, Willoughby (Jackson 25), Rennison, Naylor, White, Fox, Scott.
Subs not used: Stephenson, Miller, Murphy, Boyle.