Pools Reserves ran out 2-1 winners in a keenly-contested Central League fixture against Grimsby Town at Victoria Park on Tuesday afternoon.
It was a youthful Pools line-up led by Ian McGuckin and John Hewitson at The Vic as some of the Club’s young players were given a chance to impress.
And Pools got off to the perfect start when they went ahead early on thanks to Josh Bayne who got on the end of a corner to turn home the opening goal.
It could have been 2-0 to Pools when Jon Weirs got free on the right side of the penalty area but his powerful drive bounced down off the underside of the cross bar and the visitors were able to clear.
Weirs had another great chance just before the break when a great ball over the top from Josh Hawkes put him through on goal but, after rounding the keeper, he screwed a shot wide of the target.
McGuckin’s men continued to produce the most dangerous moments at the start of the second period and Hawkes wriggled skilfully past a couple of challenges before bringing a good save from keeper Ollie Battersby and Weirs follow-up effort was blocked by a defender.
Hawkes drew another good stop from Battersby moments later who had to get down to his right to turn a low shot from the edge of the box round his post as Pools pressed for a second goal.
And the pressure paid off from the resultant corner which was fired deep to Lewis Orrell, who took a touch to set himself before unleashing a powerful drive in to the roof of the net from ten yards.
There were some moments of sloppiness from Pools in the time remaining and Grimsby grabbed a lifeline when Brandon Buckley turned the ball home from inside the area to make it 2-1.
Pools survived a scare almost immediately when a shot from the edge of the area was deflected just wide, while Jack Cooper could have sealed it with a third goal but saw his shot well saved by Battersby after he had ghosted in at the far post.
Town were unlucky not to salvage a point right at the death when Jock Curran’s shot took a wicked deflection and grazed the outside of the post as Pools clung on for their second successive victory.
Full Time: Pools 2 Grimsby Town 1
Pools: Catterick, Scott (Holliday 60), Bayne, Owen, Cooper, Miller, Weirs (Robinson 70), Orrell, Hawkes, Blackford (Short 80), Jackson (Pritchard 80).
Sub not used: Stephenson.