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Late Winner Sends Youth Team Joint Top

21 January 2019

Josh Scott Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Josh Scott in action for Pools Youth Team

Josh Scott scored twice as Pools Youth Team came from behind to win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday and move joint top of the league.

Ian McGuckin’s men are now level on points with Grimsby Town at the summit of the North East Division in the Youth Alliance League with ten games left to play.

They had to do it the hard way at the weekend though, as The Terriers raced in to an early lead when a diagonal ball sent their striker through on goal and he converted past the onrushing Brad Young.

Pools’ response was a good one and they quickly began to create chances as they looked for the leveller, Aaron Willoughby was the first to come close after taking on his man and getting in to the box but his drive was well saved by the keeper.

McGuckin’s youngsters grew in stature as the half developed and Jack Leonard almost made it 1-1 when the ball dropped to him in space but he fired straight at the keeper and the hosts survived.

However, seven minutes before the break Pools finally did grab the equaliser when Willoughby again drove in to the box and this time was upended, which allowed Josh Scott to send the Town keeper the wrong way from the resultant penalty.

Pools continued to dominate in to the second half but struggled to break down a determined Huddersfield defence, the best opening dropping to Leonard but he shot just too high.

The winning goal arrived just five minutes from time as Danny Boyle’s deflected cross deceived the home keeper and when he fumbled it, the ball fell loose to Scott to gleefully ram it in to the net from close range.

“It was another good performance and an excellent result,” McGuckin commented.

“There’s a good feeling in the group at the moment, they’re playing with confidence but I just felt like we could have been a bit more patient with some of our play in the second half.

“In the end we were playing quite a high-risk game in looking for the winner and we had to stay switched on defensively for the counter but it paid-off with the goal near the end.

“It’s nice to move joint top with Grimsby and at the minute all the lads just can’t wait for the next game to come around.”

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 1 Pools 2

Pools: Young, Rennison, Naylor, Boyle, Thompson, Miller, Willoughby (Sturdy 80), Fox, Scott, Leonard (Jackson 65), Shepherd.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, Pilling.

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