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Leonard Snatches Late Winner For Youth Team

16 January 2019

Jack Leonard Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press
Jack Leonard

Pools Youth Team closed the gap on the top of the Youth Alliance League table on Saturday as Jack Leonard grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner at Notts County.

The youngster popped up to force the ball home in the sixth-minute of added-on time to secure three valuable points and help them keep pace with the rivals in the North East Division.

Led by John Hewitson in the absence of Ian McGuckin who was away on an FA coaching course, Pools began brightly and could have gone in front through Joe Jackson but he saw his shot turned round the post by the keeper.

The majority of the first half was a fairly even affair but it was the hosts who went in front ten minutes before the break when the County front man found space in the area to volley home from close range.

Pools pressed for a leveller at the start of the second half and almost got it in spectacular fashion when Brad Fox tried his luck with a lob from 40 yards which dropped just the wrong side of the post.

However, the goal arrived on 55 minutes when County struggled to clear a ball in to their area and, after a couple of fortunate ricochets, Coleby Shepherd was able to fire in to the net and make it 1-1.

A thoroughly competitive affair looked to heading towards a draw until deep in to stoppage time when Fox found himself in space inside the area and intelligently cut the ball back for Leonard to score and set off wild celebrations for Pools.

The result saw them move to fourth in the North East table, level on points with third-placed Grimsby Town, one point behind second-placed Bradford City and just two shy of leaders Mansfield Town.

Full Time: Notts County 1 Pools 2

Pools: Young, Thompson, Naylor, Boyle, Murphy, Miller, Shepherd, Rennison, Jackson (Pilling 89), Leonard, Fox (Willoughby 60).
Subs not used: Hindson, James.

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