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Youth Team Look To Extend Winning Run

19 February 2020

Pools' in-form Youth Team make the trip to York City on

Wednesday afternoon looking to clinch a fifth successive victory in the NLFA

Northern Division (1pm kick-off).

Ian McGuckin's youngsters have put together a brilliant run

since returning from a Christmas break which has seen them drive up the table

and push themselves back in to the title race.

Another win at York this afternoon would see fifth-placed

Pools leapfrog The Minstermen and put further pressure on the teams around them

as the second half of the season develops.

Pools enjoyed a 2-0 win over York last Wednesday when the

sides locked horns in Blackhall so McGuckin knows that the hosts will be

looking to respond to that when they meet again today.

“You'd expect that they will be looking for a little bit of

revenge so we have to make sure we're ready for what they're going to throw at

us,” he told us.

“It's another good opportunity for us to get another

positive result and just keep the momentum going because we've certainly built

plenty now and we want it to develop further.

“We just have to concentrate on one game at a time, no

matter who the opposition are and whether they're at the top of the table or

the bottom – every team will bring challenges.

“With young players getting consistency can be tough but we've

been excellent since the turn of the year but every week it will get harder to

keep the run going.

“The players have to learn to deal with that pressure

because that's the way football is – pressure situations happen, so this is a good

learning experience for them.”

Oliver Thompson is missing from the squad this afternoon

after injuring his Achilles in last week's game, while Conner Rennison (knee)

and Kyle Wilson (leg) both remain sidelined.

The game takes place at York City's training ground (YO322RB) and entry to all supporters is free.


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