Pools Reserves fell to a 5-1 defeat to Walsall at Victoria Park this afternoon.
After a more even first half, the visitors upped their pressure after the break to take a convincing victory.
It was a quiet opening 20 minutes, with few real chances at either end but it was Walsall who went on to open the scoring on 25 minutes.
A corner deep into the box by Jordan Sangha picked out Ethan Freemantle at the far post and he made no mistake with a header into the back of the net.
Ian McGuckin’s side reacted well despite going a goal down and had a half-chance through trialist Jack Devlin who met a Jon Weirs cross to fire at goal but the Walsall keeper held the shot.
Pools were level though before the break when another Weirs cross made its way in from the left when the second trialist involved in the game, Andrei Ardelean prodded home to make it 1-1.
And, though the teams went in all square at half time, there was a much tougher second half ahead for Pools’ young side.
It was 2-1 to the visitors just before the hour mark when Cameron Peters got on the end of a Stef Mason cross to nod home.
Ten minutes later and the Saddlers had a third through, with Peters helping himself to a second before Dylan Parker added his name to the scoresheet on 82 minutes.
And Peters wrapped up the scoring for the visitors on 88 minutes with his hat-trick to make it 5-1.
Full Time: Pools 1 Walsall 5
Pools: Catterick, Holliday, Cooper, Orrell, Owen, Cunningham, Robinson, Bayne (Boyle 84), Devlin, Ardelean, Weirs.
Subs Not Used: Miller, Lawrence.
Walsall: Ganley, Mason, Fisher (Brown 73), Bates, Kendrick, Cockerill-Mollett, Freemantle (Cairns 84), Shorrock, Peters, Sangha, Parker.
Subs Not Used: Leivesley, Friel, O’Sullivan.