Pools Reserves came out on top after a five-goal thriller between two very young sides at Rotherham United on Tuesday afternoon.
Antony Sweeney took charge of a youthful Pools line-up at The Millers’ Roundwood Sports Complex and they emerged as winners at the end of an absorbing encounter.
There was a sloppy start to the game when Hames was allowed to get free at the far post to head the home side in front with just eight minutes on the clock.
It was 2-0 on 24 minutes when Scott managed to drive his way through the Pools defence and feed McGuckin who slid the ball past keeper Michael Roxburgh to double the hosts’ lead.
Rotherham had been the better side during the early exchanged but Pools had still had some chances and they finally took one on 26 minutes when Drew Lake produced some neat play around the edge of the box and found space to send a low drive in to the net.
The second half was a lot more even and Pools got themselves back on level terms 12 minutes in when Charlie Hindson took up a short corner and wriggled in to the area to finish well from a tight angle.
And just after the hour mark Pools got their noses in front for the first time as a swift counter-attack created a chance and when the ball rebounded free, Lake was there to grab his second of the game and make it 3-2.
“It was a good result in testing conditions,” explained Sweeney.
“The weather was energy-sapping and we didn’t have any substitutes to put on so the lads had to show a lot of resilience and character.
“I was pleased they were able to not just see the game out but become stronger as it went on and it was great to come from two goals down to get the win.”
Full Time: Rotherham United 2 Pools 3
Pools: Roxburgh, James, Sayers, Ord, McGuckin, Pilling, Lake, Hindson, O’Rourke, Chapman, Bello.