Pools Youth Team were held to a draw by Bradford City in a hard-fought Youth Alliance League fixture in Blackhall on Saturday morning.
Ian McGuckin’s men gave as good as they got during the encounter against a talented Bantams outfit who also looked to get the ball down and play as often as possible.
It was a competitive start to the game and there were chances at both ends but it was Pools who struck first when Josh Scott brilliantly intercepted on the halfway line before driving forward and producing a clinical finish to make it 1-0.
However, that hard work was undone almost immediately when Bradford hit back with a stunning goal of their own, a long-range strike which found the net via the underside of the cross bar.
Pools restored their lead before the break though with Scott again charging through down the right-hand side before slipping a low shot under the goalkeeper and in the bottom corner.
City began the second half with real intent and pressed Pools on the back foot though they had to wait until just after the hour-mark to level things up when they took advantage of some over-playing at the back to make it 2-2.
After that there were chances at both ends, with the City keeper making a great save to deny Pools before the visitors almost conceded a disastrous own goal right at the end.
“It was a good point for us in the end,” admitted McGuckin.
“Bradford have some standout players in their squad and I would say they are one of the best footballing sides we have come up against so far this season.
“It was a competitive game and Josh Scott took both of his goals very well so it’s a result we can look to build on in the coming weeks.”
Full Time: Pools 2 Bradford City 2
Pools: Young, Pritchard, Webster, Boyle, Thompson, Murphy, Scott, Fox, Jackson (Rennison 68), Leonard, Naylor, Shepherd (Willoughby 72).
Subs not used: Naylor, Mitchell, Pilling.