Youth Team Look To Extend Winning Run

Ian McGuckin, Hartlepool United

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 (YO32 2RB) and entry to all supporters is free.