Pools Youth Team will look for a third win in a row on Saturday when they play host to Chesterfield in the Youth Alliance League at Blackhall’s Welfare Park (12noon kick-off).
The youngsters have been in great form of late and their league win over Rotherham United last Saturday has taken them joint top of the North East Division.
Ian McGuckin has admitted that the pain of their FA Youth Cup exit at the hands of Chester last month is providing an extra motivation for his players as they look to prosper in the league.
“We had a really poor performance against Chester and I think they knew they had let themselves down,” he explained.
“Maybe that was the little jolt we needed because since then they’ve looked even more determined to impress and we’ve picked up some great results.
“It’s tight at the top of the league so we’re just taking it game by game but it’s always a good indicator that we’re doing something right and the players are performing well.”
This weekend they welcome a Chesterfield side who sit sixth in a congested table and who are looking for a reaction after a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Grimsby Town last time out.
McGuckin will be without Joe Jackson who begins a three-game suspension following a red card, while Liam Pritchard is sidelined with a broken collarbone.
Brook Miller is still around 7-10 days away from a return to full training following a hamstring problem but Coleby Shepherd is back in contention after recovering from a stomach bug.
Kick-off on Saturday is 12noon at Welfare Park and it’s free entry to all supporters if you can make it along to support the youngsters in action.