Pools Youth Team face a stiff examination of their Youth Alliance League title credentials on Saturday when they travel to face second-placed Bradford City (11am kick-off).
Ian McGuckin’s youngsters were beaten 3-1 at Oldham Athletic last time out a fortnight ago but they remain fifth in the table, just two points behind this weekend’s hosts.
The sides were locked at 2-2 in an entertaining encounter when they met back in October and McGuckin is expecting another highly competitive affair on Saturday.
“It will be a tough game, there’s no doubt about it,” he told us.
“Bradford are one of the best footballing sides in the division so it will be up there with one of the toughest fixtures we’re going to have.
“We have conceded a few goals through individual errors so we need to sharpen up on that and if we do that then I know we can be a match for anyone going forward.
“It will suit us that they like to play football on the floor, the pitches at Bradford are usually conducive to that so we want to go there and show what we can do.”
Pools are boosted by the return to fitness of Liam Pritchard who is back in contention to face Bradford after recovering from a fractured collarbone.
Saturday’s game is being played at Rawdon Meadows Playing Fields at Woodhouse Grove School on Apperley Lane and entry is free for all supporters.