Pools Reserves grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner to defeat York City 2-1 at Victoria Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Young defender Josh Bayne was on hand to stab home the rebound from a free-kick with some 95 minutes on the clock to help Ian McGuckin’s men record their third win of the campaign.
It was another youthful line-up selected by McGuckin to do battle with The Minstermen at The Vic and the first half was a tight affair with neither side really getting on top.
However, Pools struck first on 37 minutes when City failed to deal with a free-kick delivered in to the penalty area and Brook Miller was able to react quickest and send a low drive beyond the keeper for 1-0.
The visitors responded well and got back on level terms just before the break as Pools were caught out from a corner and Clovis Kamdjo pounced to net the equaliser.
Pools were on top during a dominant second half and passed the ball around well at times without quite finding the cutting edge in the final third.
City were forced to defend deep as Pools probed for an opening to get them back in front but the visitors defended with determination and the winning goal didn’t arrive until very late.
A free-kick just outside the area was driven low at goal by Jon Weirs and spilt by the City keeper to Bayne who was able to make up the ground to fire home on the rebound and secure the three points.
“We’re pleased with the result but, in truth, we’ve played better in other games and not won,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.
“The lads are chuffed with it though and rightly so – they’ve shown great resilience to keep on going when it looked like the goal wasn’t going to come and it’s great to get a win.
“It’s always good to get three points at whatever level because it builds confidence and it’s nice to see that come with a last-minute winner which was a reward for the lads for never giving up.”
Full Time: Pools 2 York City 1
Pools: Catterick, Holliday, Bayne, Owen, Miller, Orrell, Robinson, Weirs, Boyle, Short, Travers (Jackson 23).
Sub not used: Stephenson.