Youth Team Ready For Accrington Test

Ian McGuckin, Hartlepool United

Pools Youth Team take centre-stage on Monday night when they make the trip to face Accrington Stanley in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup (7pm kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s side have already stormed past Seaham Red Star and Stockport County in the qualifying rounds and scored 15 unanswered goals in the process.

However, the youngsters will be well aware that they can expect a much tougher assignment when they arrive at The Wham Stadium this evening.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” insisted McGuckin.

“We’ve enjoyed ourselves in the FA Youth Cup so far this season, played some good football and scored plenty of goals so we can take confidence from that.

“However, Accrington will give us a big test so we know we’ll have to be at our best again if we want to make further progress in the competition.

“It’s another exciting game for us though, in a new stadium and another fresh experience for the lads and we want them to go and embrace that.”

McGuckin has no new injury worries ahead of the tie; midfielder Conner Rennison is the only absentee as he remains on the sidelines with a knee problem.

Admission prices at The Wham Stadium tonight are £5 for adults and concessions and £2 for Under 18s.

The winners of this evening’s tie will be away to South Shields in Round Two.