Ian McGuckin has admitted there is real excitement in the
Pools camp as the Youth Team travel to South Shields on Friday night to battle
A surprise NLFA defeat at home to Guiseley on Wednesday has
only intensified the determination to make progress in the FA Youth Cup – with thewinners of Friday's tie set for a trip to Fulham.
McGuckin was left annoyed by his team's midweek defeat but
has said that it's perfect to have another game so soon to enable to hisplayers to put that disappointment behind them quickly.
“It's a big game – we're looking forward to it,” he told us.
“When you're winning you want the games to come thick and
fast, and when you are beaten you want another game quickly so we're pleased tohave this fixture upon us so soon.
“There's a big carrot for the lads to know they could play
Fulham in the next round and that's what these competitions are all about – butthere is work to be done.
“South Shields are a well-drilled team who play football the
right way but we'll be prepared for them so we're really looking forward towhat I'm sure will be a good, competitive game.”
Pools have prospered in the FA Youth Cup so far this term,
thumping Seaham Red Star and Stockport County before pulling off a battling winaway at Accrington Stanley in the last round.
Shields will hope to end that run at Mariners Park tonight,
with the home side bidding to reach the Third Round of the competition for thefirst time in their history.
Admission to tonight's game is just £3 for adults and £1 for
concessions so we're hoping as many fans as possible can get along to supportthe youngsters in action.