Ryan Robinson scored the only goal of the game as Pools Youth Team collected richly-deserved win over Burton Albion at St George’s Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Ian McGuckin was delighted that his young players finally got the rewards their recent performances have deserved as another dominant showing ensured all three points.
After a frustrating run of three defeats to late goals, there was a huge determination in the Pools camp from the off and they dominated possession in the early stages.
They worked the ball well on a pristine surface at the National Football Centre but had to remain patient because the opening goal didn’t arrive until almost half an hour had gone.
Jon Weirs picked out a wonderful ball through to Robinson who ran through on goal before confidently finishing past the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 1-0.
Pools were good value for their half time lead and could have made it 2-0 three minutes after the restart but Joe Jackson was unlucky to see his shot cannon back off the bar after good work to engineer the chance.
Robinson came close to adding his second of the afternoon but shot wide from the edge of the box, while there was a let-off at the other end when the home side hit the post after a well-worked short corner caught Pools off-guard.
However, there was little to worry McGuckin’s young side after that and they saw the game out to claim three points and a much-needed boost in confidence ahead of the run-in.
“It was exactly the same sort of performance we’ve put in without reward recently so it was great to come away with the win,” McGuckin enthused.
“We played some good football, scored a good goal, created a few more chances and managed to stay switched on defensively for the full ninety minutes to get the three points.
“It was brilliant for the lads to get the chance to play at St George’s Park – the pitch and the facilities were first class and it was some of the players’ first visits to it was good to come away with the win.
“There isn’t much time to rest now because we play Doncaster on Thursday but the lads are buzzing after the win and can’t wait to get going again.”
Full Time: Burton Albion 0 Pools 1
Pools: Stephenson, Holliday, Miller, Owen, Cooper, Bayne, Boyle, Orrell, Weirs, Robinson (Pritchard 81), Jackson (Scott 76).
Subs not used: Lawrence, Murphy.
Booked: Cooper (Foul, 30)