Pools Youth Team were knocked out of the NLFA League Cup on Wednesdaywhen they were beaten 2-1 by Chester at Welfare Park in Blackhall.
It was a disappointing outcome for the Club's youngsters who
went in to the game on the back of a confidence-boosting 7-0 win over SeahamRed Star in the FA Youth Cup.
However, after a solid start to the game in which Pools
began to move the ball around well during the early stages, Chester grew in
stature and stole in front on 32 minutes when visiting forward Will Goodwin stormedforward through a number of challenges to finish neatly for 1-0.
Chester gave Pools a mountain to climb when they doubled
their lead three minutes after half-time when they broke quickly to find a secondgoal through Tom Ruffer.
Ian McGuckin made a couple of changes and Jay Gibson came
off the bench to have an immediate impact when he pulled a goal back, getting
on the end of a swift counter-attack down the right following good work from JoeGrey.
The goal lifted Pools and they had their visitors on the
back foot for the closing fifteen minutes as they searched for an equalisinggoal.
Grey hit the bar with a header and then saw another headed
effort drop just wide of the post but McGuckin's side couldn't find anotherroute to goal as Chester held on for the win.
“It was a frustrating afternoon,” admitted McGuckinafterwards.
“We didn't play to our full capabilities for the majority of
the game and it was only in the final quarter of an hour when we really gotgoing.
“We need to be better for longer periods because when we get
it down, move it quickly and look to play forward we are a real handful for theopposition teams.
“As well as that, we did look a little vulnerable in the
game and without the ball we weren't as good as I would like us to be so thereis work to be done.”
Full Time: Pools 1 Chester 2
Pools: Young, Wilson, Thompson, Pilling, Webster, Campbell, Sturdy, (Gibson 70) Willoughby (Chapman 57), Shepherd, Leonard, Grey.
Subs not used: Lowerson, James, Naisbett.