Ian McGuckin has told his Youth Team players they must embrace the challenge as they prepare for a trip to face Chester in the NLFA Cup on Monday night (7pm kick-off).
Pools were knocked out of the League Cup by the same
opponents last month and have also done battle on a couple of occasions in theFA Youth Cup in recent seasons.
McGuckin says that having come up against them before they
know what to expect – and he wants his squad to go there and be ready tocompete.
“It's going to be another really tough game,” he told us.
“We've played them a few times over the past few seasons in
different competitions and they always provide us with a stern test so I don'tsee tonight being any different.
“I just want our boys to go there and thrive on thechallenge that lies in front of them.
“By all accounts, Chester are expecting a good crowd for the
game so it will be another experience for the lads to play there under thelights and hopefully show what they can do.”
Conner Rennison is on the sidelines with a knee injury but,
other than that, McGuckin looks set to have a fully-fit squad to choose fromfor this evening's First Round tie.
The game takes place at Chester's Deva Stadium whereadmission is free but donations are welcomed upon entry.