Seeing Off the Boro

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY

Pools 2 Boro U-23 1 (Friendly)
Friday 30 July 2017
Victoria Park

Tonight we had a visit from the Borer under twenty-three team, which was led by ex-Poolie Graeme Lee, possibly assisted by Michael Barron but he could just have been an observer. All these lads were potential Premiership players - well at least they were last season. Not sure if this game was advertised in the Borer as it looked as if the away supporters had come on a motor bike, being were outnumbered by the stewards in the Rink End.

It was good to see Pools come out and have a go at the opposition as we have been doing in the pre-season games I have seen. It was even better to see us step up our game after going a goal down as we did tonight instead of heads dropping as they did last season.

I said it in previous reports that we looked a decent side and a very tight squad that can play some decent football. We look as if we have cover in all positions. Tonight we were without Oates and Deverdics, who had played previous games and we still looked strong.
"The back line looks solid and they like to push up when the chance comes to break"
First half it was all Pools and the visitors only managed the odd sortie into our half. The back line looks solid and they like to push up when the chance comes to break. Laing and Harrison made charges forward and looked impressive.

Second half the visitors stepped up their game and scored an early goal, a well worked move from the initial corner with the ball being switched to the back post and dropped back in the middle for the scorer. There was an appeal to the lino from the Pools players but I could see nothing wrong with the goal.

Pools got their act together and started stretching the visitors with some good play. And the pressure paid off with two goals in two minutes as Laing scored with a low dive and header and with an individual goal from Jack Munns it was game over.

One rumour tonight was that two clubs are chasing Amond so I hope he stays on. Also Featherstone is a target but I would be less inclined to hold onto him.

The rain-soaked pitch held up well but there was some discussion with the Ditchburn Poolie on how he thought they had levelled the slope out so that kicking down bank was not going to be the advantage we had used in the past. It was clear to my keen eye that there was now a tilt in the pitch towards the docks which may flood the dugouts but can certainly be used to our advantage.