Hartlepool Utd reserves visit Wigan Athletic in Final Third League Cup

Sam Collins
Sam Collins

HARTLEPOOL United’s young players go under the spotlight tomorrow when they go for cup glory.

Pools Reserves have the daunting prospect of visiting Wigan Athletic in the last four of the Final Third League Cup (kick-off 1pm).

The second string, managed by John Hewitson, were handed the toughest of draws for the semi-finals but Pools captain Sam Collins says they will relish the challenge at the Championship outfit.

“It will be tough,” said Collins, who has been assisting with the coaching of the side.

“Wigan have got a fantastic squad and I’m sure their development team will be very good as well.

“It will be a good test for us.

“It will be a great challenge for the boys.

“The first year apprentices did really well in the last game and even though we lost there was some really good stuff.

“It’s a great day for the club to be in a semi-final and hopefully we will go there and give a good account of ourselves.”

Trialists Jon Barber and Luke Armstrong, who made promising debuts against Mansfield in the last reserve game, will again be involved tomorrow.