Pools Youth Team were made to pay for their missed chances on Saturday lunchtime as they were beaten 2-0 by Chesterfield at Blackhall.
Ian McGuckin’s youngsters started on the front foot and Brad Fox hit the bar after a lovely move had engineered the opportunity for the front man.
Some good defending Harrison Webster kept Chesterfield out at the other end before Pools came close again on the break, Aaron Willoughby seeing his shot saved and then firing over from the rebound.
However, the visitors took the lead in spectacular fashion when they swept down the right flank and a cross was sent in to the middle where it was by an astonishing over-head kick which flew in to the bottom right corner of the net to make it 1-0.
There was a key moment early in the second half when Pools were awarded a penalty but Josh Scott saw his spot-kick saved by the keeper.
The Spireites keeper was kept busy for a period after the penalty miss when he had to tip a couple of shots over his bar as Pools continued to press for an equaliser.
The hard work was undone near the end as Pools chased the game though and they conceded a second on the break when the Chesterfield substitute forced the ball home from close range at the second time of asking.
“From the off the tempo we played at wasn’t what we done in previous weeks,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.
“Having said that, we had more than enough chances to win the game but we just looked jaded today and didn’t play with as much fluency as I know we can and we fell short as a result.
“At half-time we talked about needing a spark and the penalty could have provided that but the long delay between the award and him taking it didn’t help and it wasn’t a great penalty.
“The lads gave everything again, you can’t question the effort and application but we weren’t our usual selves on the day.”
Full Time: Pools 0 Chesterfield 2
Pools: Young, Rennison (James 85), Webster, Boyle, Naylor, Thompson, Shepherd, Fox (Chapman 80), Scott, Leonard, Willoughby.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, McGuckin, Sturdy.