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Grey Hits Hat-Trick In Youth Team Rout

28 November 2019

Match Reports

Grey Hits Hat-Trick In Youth Team Rout

28 November 2019

Pools Youth Team outdid their First Team counterparts on

Wednesday afternoon – by scoring an astonishing SEVEN goals in a brilliant away

win at Solihull Moors.

After seeing Pools hit five in their triumph at Chesterfield

in the National League on Tuesday evening, Ian McGuckin's youngsters followed

suit less than 24 hours later.

Having been disappointed by two defeats last week, including

an exit from the FA Youth Cup at the hands of South Shields, the Youth Team were

keen to put the record straight.

And they did so in style when they travelled to Damson Park,

running out 7-1 winners to get their NLFA campaign back up and running in


“We said to the lads before the game that it was a test of character,”McGuckin revealed.

“Losing games isn't a nice feeling and it's obviously not

you want but it's part of football and you need the character and resilience to

show through – and I couldn't have asked any more of the lads.

“It was some feat that we managed to score more than the

First Team but it's great that the Club has enjoyed two great results this


The game actually started poorly for Pools when amisjudgement at the back allowed Solihull Moors to take the lead inside four minutes.

However, Pools recovered quickly and were on level terms on

10 minutes when Joe Grey closed down a defender from a throw-in, won possession

and then lobbed the keeper to make it 1-1.

That settled nerves and Pools began knocking the ball around

more confidently, building an attack from their own half in to the feet of Grey

who then turned and got in behind the defence in the box to lay the ball off

for Aaron Willoughby to score.

Grey then took matters in to his own hands on 25 minutes

when he looked surrounded by Moors players on the halfway line, only to find an

avenue to drive forward and then dink the ball over the advancing goalkeeper

from a tight angle.

Pools made the points safe with a fourth goal right at the

start of the second half when Willoughby crossed for Grey, who got between two

defenders to plant a glancing header in to the bottom corner of the net to

complete his hat-trick.

Adam Campbell then drove from midfield before linking up

well with Brook Miller, who returned the ball in to the midfielder to finish

well from a tricky angle for 5-1.

Miller was the provider again on 69 minutes when his teasing

cross in behind the Moors defence picked out Keaton Sturdy who got to the ball

first and knocked it home from close range.

The scoring was rounded off seven minutes from time when

Coleby Shepherd got in on the act – his cross from the left deceived everyone

in the middle and found its way across goal and in to the far corner of the net

for 7-1.

“Their coach was very complimentary of the lads and ourenergy to close down and force mistakes,” added McGuckin.

“That is pleasing to hear and the performance is everything weare looking for so we need to keep that going now.”

Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 Pools 7

Pools: Lowerson, Miller (James 70), Thompson (Naisbett 70), Pilling, Webster, Campbell, Gibson, Sturdy, Willoughby (Chapman 60), Grey, Shepherd.
Subs not used: Wilson.

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