A young Pools side will go head-to-head with Shildon at The Super 6 Stadium on Tuesday night (7.30pm kick-off) with a place in the Durham County Challenge Cup Final up for grabs.
John Hewitson will lead a youthful line-up in to battle against the Northern League Division One outfit and he’s hoping a bumper turn out of Pools fans can help give his team the edge.
Pools’ youngsters have prospered in the Youth Alliance League this term and are right in the frame for the North East Division title and Hewitson says that seeing them make a Final would be another feather in their caps.
“We want to try and win everything if we can,” he insisted.
“Yes, we’ll have a young team out but I am pretty sure we’ll give a good account of ourselves, stand up and play as much football as we can and give it a right good go.
“A lot of those involved in the game will have been part of the squad at Darlington in the last round and they handled that atmosphere really well so we want to see more of the same tonight.
“They’re doing well in the league and the results we’ve achieved have been brilliant given that the majority of our players are First Year Scholars so this semi-final is the next step up.
“I know that Shildon will bring a few fans along with them so I hope that plenty of Poolies can come along and really get behind our young lads and cheer them on to the Final.
“I am pretty sure there will be times during the game when they’ll need some help and encouragement so hopefully the Pools fans can create a good atmosphere and we can rise to the challenge.”
Shildon’s squad will include a few familiar faces, including former Pools star Matty Robson who made 170 appearances for the Club between 2001 and 2009.
The game at The Super 6 Stadium kicks-off at 7.30pm and admission prices are just £3 for adults and £1 for concessions so make sure you come along and enjoy some bargain football with us.
The Centenary Lounge on Clarence Road will be open to all supporters from 6.30pm this evening.