Pools Youth Team return to action looking to get back on track on Saturday when they make the trip to face Oldham Athletic in the Youth Alliance League (12noon kick-off).
The youngsters currently lie third in the North East Division but are just one point behind leaders Bradford City and will hope to put further pressure on at the top with a win this weekend.
There was no fixture for Ian McGuckin’s men last Saturday but he’s hoping that the rest will have done them good and that can be reflected in a powerful performance against The Latics.
“It was good to have that little break for the lads,” he told us.
“We had a friendly in midweek which meant some of the lads got some minutes under their belts but the blank weekend has allowed a couple of others to make progress back from injury.
“It will be an interesting game on Saturday because we played Oldham at home earlier in the season and won comfortably 3-0 but we were then beaten 5-2 away there in the League Cup.
“So this weekend will allow us to see where we are and hopefully we can put on a strong display and keep pace with the other teams near the top of the division.”
Liam Pritchard remains a couple of weeks away from a return to full training following his broken collarbone but Brad Fox is hoping to be back in contention after an ankle injury.
The game is being played at Oldham’s Chapel Road Training Ground in Hollinwood and entry to all supporters is free.