Town’s Youth Team left Hartlepool with a 1-0 win under their belts after a long trip north on Tuesday.
In our final Youth Alliance Cup group match, both teams had little chance of progressing to the knockout stages with other sides having games in hand. That said, the Mariners were looking for a strong performance after a disappointing one at Burton last time out
A gutsy display is what Town produced and competed well throughout, showing glimpses of good football in a game they dominated for large parts despite tricky conditions.
In the opening 45 minutes, forward Milner went down in the box with shouts for a penalty waved away by the referee. Efforts from Boyd, Sims, Hodgson and Zerboni were all well stopped by Hartlepool’s goalkeeper whose performance kept the score at 0-0 going into the break.
Another dominant half was served up from Town but more stern defence from the hosts kept our best efforts at bay.
However, in the 85th minute, the Mariners snatched the three points when a pinpoint cross from full-back Sims found Moore unmarked to head home and clinch the win.
The Mariners’ Youth team are next in action against Rotherham United on Saturday 21st January.
1 Will Mitchell
2 George Sims
3 Tom Zerboni
4 Harry Thorpe
5 Alex Markham
6 Henry Moore
7 Billy Bradley
8 Will Hodgson
9 Harry Milner
10 Cameron Gardner
11 Louis Boyd
12 Henry Brown
14 Charlie Clements
15 Finley Fletcher