Youth Team Hit Solihull Moors For Seven

Luke Chapman, Hartlepool United Youth Team

Pools Youth Team continued their sensational form with a 7-1 thrashing of Solihull Moors on Wednesday afternoon to extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Ian McGuckin’s men have been in irresistible form since the turn of the year and their results could yet drive them in to NLFA Northern Division title contention.

Joe Grey and Luke Chapman both helped themselves to hat-tricks in this latest rout, which saw Pools youngsters take their goal tally to an extraordinary 36 in their last eight outings.

“It was another excellent performance, you have to say,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.

“We dominated the game throughout but the lads showed an outstanding attitude for the full ninety minutes and thoroughly deserved to win the game as comfortably as they did.”

It took Pools until the 22nd minute to open the scoring when a wide free-kick was delivered in to the box where Chapman reacted quickest to set-up Grey who smashed it home from close range.

The Moors equalised on the half-hour when they left Pools appealing for a penalty to counter-attack effectively and grab the levelling goal.

However, Pools were back in front a couple of minutes later when Jay Gibson broke intelligently from midfield to find Grey and he laid it on to Chapman who made it 2-1.

McGuckin’s side then grabbed a third goal just before the break when Chapman once again turned provider and Grey rammed home from close range.

Grey completed his hat-trick in the early stages of the second half after more good work from Chapman before Grey then returned the favour with a pinpoint cross which was excellently headed home by Chapman for 5-1.

The referee then spotted a handball in the box which provided Pools with a penalty and Chapman with the opportunity to complete his treble, which he did with a clinical spot-kick.

Pools rounded off the scoring with the goal of the day when Keaton Sturdy – a late replacement for Adam Campbell who was injured in the warm-up – struck a 25-yard pile-driver in to the net to underline a brilliant day for the Club’s youngsters.

“We maintained our determination, our passion to win the ball and our will to keep driving forward for more goals right throughout the game,” McGuckin added,

“Full credit to the lads to go and win by such a handsome margin – we just want to keep this run going as long as possible now.

“The players can’t wait for the next game already because they’re so high on confidence right now.”

Full Time: Pools 7 Solihull Moors 1

Pools: Lowerson, James, Miller, Naisbett, Pilling, Webster, Sturdy (Leonard 82), Gibson, Shepherd (Willoughby 62), Grey, Chapman.