Pools Youth Team suffered just their second defeat in the last ten games as Lincoln City scored a late goal in a hard-fought encounter at Welfare Park in Blackhall on Saturday.
Ian McGuckin’s youngsters came from behind twice to look on course to claim a share of the spoils only for the visitors to snatch victory right at the death.
Lincoln got off to the perfect start when Pools allowed their forward too much space to operate in and he fired in a great finish from a tight angle to make it 1-0.
Pools had to wait until just before the half-hour point to bring themselves level; Brad Fox switched the ball out to Conner Rennison and he made progress up the flank before whipping in a left-foot cross which was headed home by Josh Scott from six yards.
However, The Imps regained the lead just before half-time when Pools switched off from a throw-in and, when the initial shot cannoned of the crossbar, it was the away side who reacted quickest to fire home their second goal.
Pools came out strongly at the start of the second half and began dominating possession but they struggled to create any chances of note against a determined City rearguard.
The breakthrough finally arrived eight minutes from time when Scott was upended twenty yards out and Luca Murphy stepped up to smash an unstoppable shot in to the top corner direct from the free-kick.
It looked as though that would wrap up a point for Pools but City had other plans and a misjudgement at the back allowed the visitors in for one final chance which they tucked away to make it 3-2.
“The late goals have gone in our favour in recent weeks but we’ve been on the other end of it today,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.
“The lads were confident going in to the game but we weren’t at our best and only really got close to the standards we set for ourselves during parts of the second half.
“We’re disappointed how it turned out because we shouldn’t be having to score three or four goals to win a home game but we’ll dust ourselves down, learn from the mistakes and move on.”
Full Time: Pools 2 Lincoln City 3
Pools: Young, Rennison, Naylor, Boyle, Murphy, Miller, Willoughby (Jackson 65), Fox (Sturdy 80), Scott, Leonard, Shepherd.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, Thompson, Pilling.