Vanarama National League
Hartlepool United 3-2 Woking
Rodney 19 Grego-Cox 85
Cassidy 34 Edwards 90+4
Hartlepool United won for the first time since November with a 3-2 defeat over Woking in the National League at Victoria Park today.
Goals from Devante Rodney, Jake Cassidy and Rhys Oates put Pools 3-0 up at half time, and Woking got it back to 3-2 with late goals from Reece Grego-Cox and Jonathan Edwards but it was too late to complete their comeback.
Hartlepool started the game the better side, but it was Woking who had the first notable chance 13 minutes in as poor defending by Scott Harrison allowed Anthony Cook to go through on goal only for his close-range effort to be kept out by Scott Loach to the right.
Six minutes later, Pools were in front as Woking failed to clear away a cross and the ball fell to Rodney who smashed it home despite the keeper getting a touch to it on its way in.
In the 33rd minute Woking captain Richard Orlu nearly put the ball in his own net, and moments later Hartlepool doubled their lead after more poor defending from the visitors allowed Cassidy to turn past the defender and fire the ball into the top-right corner.
Ten minutes later, the hosts extended their lead when Luke George’s impressive ball forward was headed home by Oates, who beat the keeper to it.
The visitors nearly got a goal back on the brink of half time when Nathan Ralph’s free kick made it over the wall and was just kept out by Loach.
Woking came close again eight minutes into the second half when Grego-Cox headed just wide on the end of Charlie Carter’s cross.
At the other end almost immediately afterwards, Cassidy found himself through on goal and his shot was pushed over by keeper Nathan Baxter.
Five minutes from time, Woking got a goal back. Poor defending from Hartlepool meant that Grego-Cox fired home in a similar fashion to Rodney in the first half.
In the fourth minute of added time, the visitors got a second when Edwards headed home from close-range following a good free kick into the box.
It was too late for Woking to mount a comeback however, meaning Hartlepool fans went home happy for the first time in a while.
Hartlepool United: Loach (c), George (Hawkins 85), Harrison, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Rodney, Cassidy, Oates (Hawkes 90+2).
Booked: Laing and Featherstone
Subs not used: Pritchard, Catterick and Owen.
Woking: Baxter, Young, Ralph, Staunton, Orlu (c), Lathrope (Jones 57), Ferdinand (Isaac 73), Carter, Banton (Edwards 66), Cook, Grego-Cox.
Subs not used: Saraiva and Appau.
Attendance: 3,018 (85 away)