FA Youth Cup: Hartlepool United 2 Halifax Town 1

Connor Simpson scored for Hartlepool United's youth team
Connor Simpson scored for Hartlepool United's youth team

Hartlepool United are through to TWO FA Cup first rounds.

Four days after Craig Harrison’s side fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 at South Shields, Pools’ youth team repeated the trick.

Ian McGuckin’s side beat Halifax Town by the same score to reach the first round of the FA Youth Cup.

First-half goals from first-team striker Connor Simpson and Joe Jackson gave Pools a close, but deserved, success in an exciting tie at Victoria Park.

With Harrison, assistant boss Paul Jenkins and first-team coach Matthew Bates watching from the Cyril Knowles Stand, the teenage talents struck twice in the space of three minutes.

Pools went ahead on 12 minutes, when Joe Jackson crossed from the left for Simpson, at the back post, to head home.

Simpson was denied by keeper Jack Atkinson with a shot from the edge of the area soon after.

But Pools doubled their advantage on 14 minutes following some great play on the right from Ryan Robinson.

His low ball into the area found Jackson, who thumped his shot high into the net.

Eliel Anku went just wide for Halifax, with Kevin Swales having a shot blocked and James Sunderland was thwarted by Elliot Stephenson.

At the other end, Simpson had chances to complete a hat-trick but could not capitalise. Sam Clayton did head in during injury time for Halifax, but Pools were not to be denied.