Kelly’s Eye on Hartlepool United: Pools Youth team a joy to watch

Youth Team manager John Hewitson looking on during the youth cup loss at the hands of Huddersfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Youth Team manager John Hewitson looking on during the youth cup loss at the hands of Huddersfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID

ONE of the beauties of this job is not just being able to write a few words in this column.

Kelly also gets the chance to watch the club’s young prospects display their talents on a Wednesday evening in the Central League.

Some of the football played in the game against Scunthorpe was a joy to watch.

The side was 99 per cent Pools Youth Team.

And it was good to see John Hewitson’s players carry that form into the Youth League, beating second-placed Hull City 1-0 last Saturday morning at Blackhall.

John Hewitson has been putting his young players through their paces with plenty of defensive work in recent weeks and it paid off with the second clean sheet of the campaign at the weekend.

THe victory could have been been even wider but Ben Wignall had a penalty well saved by the City keeper and Connor Smith put the rebound wide while Rhys Harbottle was denied when the officials ruled that the Tigers stopper had prevented his effort crossing the line.

Defender Josh Nearney, who had scored for the Reserves last week at Bedford Terrace, got the winner.

Pools host Rotherham at Welfare Park on Saturday (11am kick-off). Why not have a look in?