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Pools Eye Progress In FA Youth Cup

22 November 2019

Match Previews

Pools Eye Progress In FA Youth Cup

22 November 2019

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

for a place in Round Three of the FA Youth Cup (7pm kick-off).

A surprise NLFA defeat at home to Guiseley on Wednesday has

only intensified the determination to make progress in the FA Youth Cup – with the

winners 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 his

players 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 to

have 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 – but

there 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 to

what 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 win

away 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 the

first 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 support

the youngsters in action.

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