There was a massive amount of Poolie pride at stake at at
Billingham Town on Saturday as two Pools keepers went head-to-head in a
Ryan Catterick is on a season-long loan at Guisborough Town,
while Brad Young is enjoying a similar stint at Billingham Town – so there wasa little extra edge when the two sides locked horns at the weekend.
“I tried to get in his head in the build-up to the game bytelling him he wasn't playing and things like that,” laughed Catterick.
“It was good to have that bit of competition and we bothplayed very well in the game which made it even better.”
Young added: “He definitely tried to get in my head – he waseven waiting for me outside the changing rooms before kick-off!
“We had quite a lot of banter before the game and Ryan was very confident because they were joint top and we were seventh – he's not so confident now though!”
The hard-fought fixture at Bedford Terrace looked to be
heading towards a very diplomatic goalless draw on Saturday until there wassome drama in injury-time.
And with two Pools loan players in goal, it should be no
surprise that the affair was settled by a striker born and bred in Hartlepoolas Billingham's Craig Hutchinson slotted home a 93rd-minute winner.
“I had made quite a few good saves before then but I couldn'treally do anything about the goal,” conceded Catterick.
“To be honest though, we got battered so I don't think we
can really complain about the result because Billingham probably deserved towin.
“All the Pools lads have been giving me stick about it. Even
when I got back to The Vic on Saturday they were all shouting 1-0 at me but Ijust have to take it on the chin don't I?
“The only good thing is that we had talked about having a forfeit
on the game but then Brad backed out at the last minute – thank goodness hedid!”
17-year-old Young is taking it all in his stride as he
continues to gain valuable experience during his loan stay with Billingham butdid admit that he enjoyed Saturday's game more than most.
“It was class – especially seeing Ryan's face in the 93rdminute,” he smiled.
“I have played it pretty cool since Saturday but, to be
fair, I've not had to say much because I've just let the rest of the lads geton to him! He's not happy.
“It's been brilliant for me at Billingham though and I was
buzzing with the clean sheet. A 17-year-old playing men's football - it'sclass.
“I am gaining such good experience and I am learning with every game I play so I just want to keep playing and keep getting better.”
Both sides are in League Cup action on Tuesday night when Billinghamplay host to Crook Town and Guisborough make the trip to face Shildon.
“The loan spell at Guisborough has been great so far,” saidCatterick.
“We've been top of the league until Saturday and I think weonly dropped to third after the defeat so it's been enjoyable to be part of it.
“It's just been good to get in to the swing of playing every
week. Obviously, it's good training with Ross, Ben, Brad and Dimi but playinggames is key and is what is going to help me improve.”
Well played, fellas – and here's to the rematch at Guisborough in February…