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Youth Team Held To Draw At York

19 February 2020

Match Reports

Youth Team Held To Draw At York

19 February 2020

Pools Youth Team extended their impressive unbeaten run to

seven games as they claimed a creditable point at York City on Wednesday


Goals from Luke Chapman and Joe Grey saw Ian McGuckin's

youngsters come from behind to lead but they couldn't quite hang on for what

would have been a fifth consecutive win.

“The draw was probably a fair reflection on how things went,”McGuckin admitted afterwards.

“The old adage is that if you're not at your best and can't

win the game then you make sure you don't lose it so we're reasonably satisfied

with the point.

“It continues the unbeaten run which is pleasing but we

could have done better defensively at times so that's something we have to try

take in to our remaining games.”

It was City who struck first in the game when a long ball

over the top caused confusion in the Pools rearguard and allowed a home striker

to nod in the opening goal in to an empty net from just inside the area.

However, Pools responded well and they were on level terms

on 20 minutes as Harrison Webster's cross from the left found Chapman in the

centre and he brought the ball under control, manoeuvred in to space and

finished well for 1-1.

McGuckin's side hit the front for the first time just before

the break when Grey burst past the defender on the right hand side before

curling a low shot beyond the keeper and in to the back of the net.

The hosts had a great chance to level things up just after

half-time when a short back pass was intercepted by the front man but he

prodded an effort just wide and Pools survived.

Pools had the opportunity to extend their lead when a corner

from the right was whipped in towards Grey at the far post but this time the

striker couldn't apply the finishing touch and the chance evaporated.

The Minstermen made it 2-2 on 75 minutes when a cross was

cleared only as far as the edge of the penalty area and a strike from there

looped over Lowerson and in to the net.

“It was a scrappy game for the most part on a pretty soft

pitch after all the rain which made it difficult; we held our own and probably

could have won it but we'll take a point and move on, “McGuckin added.

Full Time: York City 2 Pools 2

Pools: Lowerson, Miller, Naisbett, Pilling, James, Webster, Campbell, Shepherd, Sturdy (Willoughby 79), Grey, Chapman.
Subs not used: Leonard, Gibson.

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