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Table-Topping Youth Team To Host Lincoln

25 January 2019

Conner Rennison Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools Youth Team midfielder Conner Rennison

Pools Youth Team look to maintain their good form this weekend when they welcome Lincoln City to Blackhall’s Welfare Park in the Youth Alliance League (12noon kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s men have tasted defeat just once in their last nine games and have won three of their last four outings to storm to the top of the North East Division alongside Grimsby Town.

However, McGuckin is convinced they are capable of even better and has challenge his players to show their very best against The Imps this weekend.

“The last two games have been the Late, Late Show with the goals haven’t they,” he laughed.

“They’ve not been fantastic performances if we’re being totally honest but the lads have shown great character, determination and endeavour to get the results.

“We will need all of those things again on Saturday but hopefully we can just show that bit of extra quality on the ball as well.”

Pools were beaten 2-0 when they travelled to Lincoln back in September and McGuckin says that the memories of that result and performance can act as motivation for the players on Saturday.

“It’s a game that doesn’t sit well with us because we let ourselves down,” he admitted.

“There were some individual errors that hurt us that day but we get the chance to put it right this weekend.

“We’ve got quite a tight squad so we’ll just take it one game at a time and try to manage the workload for the players but they’re excited for every game at the moment with the result we’re getting.”

McGuckin will be without Harrison Webster who is still a week away from returning after hamstring trouble and Ollie Thompson is a doubt after picking up a niggle in training. Liam Pritchard is back in light training after recovering from a fractured collarbone but remains out of contention.

The game at Welfare Park kicks-off at 12noon and is free entry to all supporters.

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