HARTLEPOOL United’s young players did the club and coach John Hewitson proud on football’s big table – now he wants to see them get stuck into the bread and butter.
Pools’ youth team are set to go from Bramall Lane to Blackhall inside five days.
That is no disrespect to the proud village who stage the club’s home matches in the Youth Alliance at Welfare Park.
But the youngsters now need to show they can play as brightly at Blackhall as they did at one of English football’s oldest and most famous venues, starting with tomorrow afternoon’s league match against Scunthorpe United (kick-off 2pm),
Pools gave Sheffield United a serious test on Monday night before the Blades emerged with a 3-1 victory.
“The lads did Hartlepool proud, playing against such a good team and in a big stadium,” Hewitson told SportMail.
“They all played well but I must say young Jack Blackford and Connor Smith were fantastic – they created various chances.
“I’ve said to the lads how impressed I was by the way they applied themselves on Monday night.
“But I’ve told them they need to now do that when we play our league games.
“If they do then we’ll have a real good season.”
Pools have won three and lost six of their fixtures this season and have scored freely at home, 14 goals in five matches.
Traditionally play their home games on a Saturday morning but have agreed to a request by Iron to switch the contest.
“The game has been brougfht forward to Friday to help out Scunthorpe,” said Hewitson.
“They have an FA Youth Cup game on Monday night so we’ve agreed to a change just to give them a bit more time between games.”