Pools Youth Team extended their impressive unbeaten run to seven games as they claimed a creditable point at York City on Wednesday afternoon.
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.