Pools Youth Team are back in action on Saturday when they make the trip to face Chesterfield in the Youth Alliance League (12noon kick-off).
Ian McGuckin’s youngsters have fallen to sixth in the North East table but remain just eight points behind leaders Grimsby Town and will hope to close that gap at the weekend.
Pools were beaten 2-0 by The Spireites when they met at Blackhall earlier in the season so will they will make the trip looking to put on a strong performance after last weekend’s blank schedule.
“Without making excuses, it’s been difficult to keep building momentum this season with the blank weekends,” admitted McGuckin.
“It’s hard because it’s not always possible to arrange a friendly to fill the space, especially with the weather the way it has been in the past week.
“That means we’re really looking forward to Saturday’s game but we know it will be a battle for us because they made it tough when we played them at home earlier in the season.
“They scored the best goal we’ve had go against us that day – a brilliant overhead kick – so we know they have quality and can hurt us if we’re not on top of our game.”
Aaron Willougbhy is back in contention after ankle trouble and Harrison Webster has recovered from tonsillitis so McGuckin will have a fully-fit squad to select from this weekend.
The game is taking place at St George Park Graves on Bochum Parkway in Sheffield and entry is free to all supporters.