John Hewitson admitted that it was a sweet feeling to help mastermind victory over Darlington on Tuesday night as Pools made it to the semi-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup.
Academy boss Hewitson and Youth Team Coach Ian McGuckin took charge for the tie at Blackwell Meadows and they saw their side trailing for much of the game as Darlington scored first.
However, late goals from Lewis Hawkins and Josh Hawkes turned the derby game on its head and left the 139 travelling Poolies the happier of the two sets of fans at the final whistle.
“It was massive for the Club and the fans to get a positive result,” Hewitson admitted.
“We wanted that winning feeling so it was important to do our best and the ultimate aim is to get to the next round and that’s what we did.
“The atmosphere was brilliant – credit to the Darlington fans because they were loud for most of the game but credit to the Pools fans who came as well, hopefully they enjoyed the win.
“I think before we equalised Darlington had some good chances and Ryan has made a couple of fantastic saves but then there was some good quality to get the goal.
“The timing of the goals knocked them out of their stride but if I’m being honest they left it a little late for my heart rate!”