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Youth Team Looking To Bounce Back

19 October 2018

Hartlepool United Youth Team 2018/19 Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Hartlepool United Youth Team 2018/19

Pools Youth Team will look to hit back from their midweek FA Youth Cup defeat when they host Bradford City at Blackhall’s Welfare Park on Saturday morning (11am kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s men were left disappointed after being knocked out by Chester on Wednesday but get the perfect chance to respond against league rivals Bradford this weekend.

Pools are currently fourth in the Youth Alliance League North East Division, two points and one place ahead of The Bantams who have a game in hand.

However, McGuckin will hope that his youngsters can utilise their home advantage on Saturday to put pressure on Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield at the top of the table.

“We’re well placed in the table and we want to keep our league form going,” said McGuckin, whose side have won four or their seven Youth Alliance games so far.

“It’s natural to be down after a defeat like Wednesday’s but the thing about football is that there is always an opportunity to put things right and that’s what we have to focus on.

“We know that Bradford are a good side too so we’re expecting a hard game but if we can sharpen up our performance and get back to our usual standard then we’re capable of getting the points.”

Brook Miller looks likely to miss the game due to a hamstring problem, while Harrison Webster is also a doubt after missing some training this week through illness.

The game at Welfare Park is an 11am kick-off and entry is free for all supporters.

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