Pools Youth Team claimed a creditable point at second-placed Bradford City on Saturday in a highly-competitive game against one of their title rivals.
The draw saw Pools move up a place to fourth in the Youth Alliance League North East Division table but it looks set to be a tense run-in with just four points separating the top six as it stands.
Ian McGuckin’s men were good value for their point at the weekend, indeed there was even a little frustration that they didn’t manage to win what was a very closely fought encounter.
Pools’ best chance of the first half came when Conner Rennison’s free-kick found Brook Miller on the corner of the six-yard box but he couldn’t make the right connection and the opportunity passed.
Meanwhile, at the other end only a smart save from Brad Young ensured that the game went in to the break scoreless after a good break from the home side.
McGuckin’s youngster could have stolen in front after half-time when Harrison Webster’s marauding run down the left saw him deliver a ball across the six-yard area but Coleby Shepherd just couldn’t stretch enough to divert it in to the net.
Bradford’s best opening came on the counter-attack when they caught Pools out with a swift break forward only to put their final shot just past the post.
“I would say that, overall, we were probably better value for the win,” insisted McGuckin.
“But it was a game played out by two good teams who tried to get the ball down and pass it around in the right way.
“We cancelled each other out for long periods really and chances were few and far between but it’s a clean sheet and a point away from home so we’re relatively pleased with that.”
Full Time: Bradford City 0 Pools 0
Pools: Young, Bell (Naylor 46), Miller, Murphy, Webster, Boyle, Leonard, Fox, Willoughby, Shepherd, Rennison (Pritchard 65).
Subs not used: Thompson, Taylor.