Pools Youth Team can gain ground on the top two in the Youth Alliance League if they can bring three points home from Saturday’s trip to Lincoln City (12noon kick-off).
Ian McGuckin’s men currently occupy third spot in the table behind Doncaster Rovers and Mansfield Town but with the top two meeting this weekend it’s a chance for Pools to put pressure on.
Pools have lost just once in their opening five league games of the new season and last week’s emphatic 3-0 triumph over Oldham Athletic has boosted confidence levels further.
The Imps have struggled for consistency in the opening months of the campaign but McGuckin says Pools cannot afford to let their standards slip if they want to claim another win this weekend.
“The lads did well last week so now it’s all about trying to find some sort of consistency because sometimes that’s difficult for young players,” he explained.
“The Under-16s that have come up this year have done well; they got a sneak preview at the end of last season at the tempo and the physicality which gave them a chance to prepare themselves.
“So far it’s been encouraging even though it’s still early days but we’re pleased with the lads and with the way they’re doing everything we’re asking of them.
“Lincoln will be another tough test though. They can be difficult to play against because they’re quite physical, can play direct and have a structure but we’re looking forward to the game.”
McGuckin welcomes Jack Naylor back in to contention for Saturday’s game after he shrugged off a back problem but Brook Miller could be a doubt after missing some training this week through illness.
The game takes place at The Priory City of Lincoln University on Skellingthorpe Road and we’ll have a full report on the Official Website on Monday.