Hartlepool United win for first time since November with 3-2 defeat of Woking

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Hartlepool United 3-2 Woking

Rodney 19                    Grego-Cox 85

Cassidy 34                    Edwards 90+4

Oates 43

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.

Booked: Cook

Subs not used: Saraiva and Appau.

Attendance: 3,018 (85 away)



Morecambe earn morale-boosting FA Cup win


Emirates FA Cup 1st Round

Morecambe 3-0 Hartlepool United

Ellison 4 Fleming 67 Loach 85 og

Morecambe booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup today with an outstanding win over non-league side Hartlepool United at the Globe Arena.

Kevin Ellison took the lead for the Shrimps early on, before Andy Fleming doubled their lead in the 67th minute.

A Scott Loach own-goal in the 85th minute put the result beyond doubt for Jim Bentley’s men.

Ahead of the game, Morecambe had only ever beaten Hartlepool – who were relegated from League 2 last season – once in their history.

The Shrimps had a lively start, looking really up for the game.

Adam McGurk came close just 24 seconds in, with a powerful effort forcing a brilliant save from Scott Loach.

Just four minutes later, Morecambe took the lead through Kevin Ellison.

The 38-year-old put the ball past Loach into the bottom-left corner coolly after Aaron Wildig’s shot was blocked.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, with the only real chance coming when McGurk headed over on the end of a great ball from Aaron McGowan in the 32nd minute.

Hartlepool looked much more lively in the second half, and came incredibly close in the 62nd minute when Rhys Oates put in a great ball to Jonathan Franks but his effort was tipped over brilliantly by Barry Roche.

Morecambe doubled their lead against the run of play six minutes later, when Andy Fleming made a brilliant run on the counter-attack and placed the ball through Loach’s legs.

The result was put beyond doubt when in the 85th minute when substitute Adam Campbell’s effort for the hosts hit the post and the ball bounced off keeper Scott Loach’s back into the goal to put Jim Bentley’s side into the hat for the second round.

Next up for the Shrimps is Leicester City U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Muller, Old, Brough, Fleming, Kenyon (c), Thompson (Rose 87), Wildig (Campbell 70), Ellison, McGurk (Oliver 65).

Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Lavelle, Osborne.

Hartlepool United: Loach, Richardson, Donnelly, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, George (Munns 75), Woods (Rodney 60), Deverdics, Franks, Oates.

Booked: Donnelly and Featherstone.

Subs not used: Harrison, Catterick, Hawkins, Newton, Simpson.

Attendance: 2,004

Hartlepool frustrated as they lose 2-1 to Eastleigh

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Hartlepool United 1-2 Eastleigh

Munns 90                      Howe 48 Yeates 52

Early second-half goals from Callum Howe and Mark Yeates was enough to gift Eastleigh a deserved win over Hartlepool United yesterday and make the 600 mile round-trip worthwhile for the 68 travelling fans. Howe took the lead from close range after the hosts failed to defend a corner successfully before Mark Yeates beat Scott Loach with a  brilliant volley into the bottom-left corner. Substitute Jack Munns gave the hosts some hope going into injury time driving the ball past Stack in the bottom-right corner but it was too little too late for Craig Harrison’s side.

It was a poor start to the game for both sides, and it wasn’t until the 32nd minute that there was even an attempt at goal. Hartlepool had two corners defended easily in the opening half-hour, and the first chance came when Michael Woods linked up well with Ryan Donaldson and the latter’s shot went over the bar.

Donaldson began to look lively for the hosts. He worked well on the right-hand side four minutes after his first attempt but his good ball into the box wasn’t met by a Hartlepool forward.

Hartlepool’s vulnerability at the back was clearly demonstrated in the 39th minute when James Constable found space at the far post. His header was just kept out by Loach but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway as he was offside.

Shortly before half time, Chris Zebroski cut through on the right-hand side for the visitors but his effort went over the bar.

Eastleigh had the dream start after the break as it only took them just three minutes to take the lead. An impressive Chris Zebroski free kick forced a good save from Loach, and Callum Howe netted past the former Watford keeper on the end of the resultant corner.

Their lead nearly lasted just a minute, as Rhys Oates headed just wide of the mark on the end of Nicky Deverdics’ cross.

Eastleigh continued to threaten the hosts however and Chris Zebroski would’ve most likely scored in the 50th minute had there not been an excellent last ditch clearance on the end of Gary McSheffrey’s ball into the box at the far post.

The visitors inevitably doubled their lead two minutes later. Hartlepool’s defence appeared half asleep, and this allowed Mark Yeates to volley the ball in the bottom-left corner from long range with a spectacular finish that Loach could do absolutely nothing to keep out.

Eastleigh appeared to sit back following the goal, and Hartlepool had the ball in their half for most of the time. Devante Rodney came on as a sub for Hartlepool and looked lively. The 19-year-old found himself one-on-one with Graham Stack after a good ball from Nicky Featherstone but his effort was blocked by the keeper.

Moments later, Rodney played a good ball through to fellow striker Connor Simpson. Rodney’s fellow youngster attempted to lob the keeper but his effort went over.

Mark Yeates almost put the visitors 3-0 up but his effort went just over the bar.

Jack Munns had quite an impact after coming on as a sub for Hartlepool. In the 83rd minute the midfielder had a shot on the edge of the box go just over following a corner, and then he scored seven minutes later burying the ball in the bottom-right corner past Stack.

There were four minutes of added time so it looked as though it was going to be an exciting finish. Hartlepool’s fans appeared frustrated as a lapse in concentration meant that Eastleigh’s Sam Matthews made a brilliant run forward for the visitors and his shot was blocked and out for a corner before which the visitors began to time-waste.

Pools’ last chance of the game came in the third minute of added time. With Jonathan Franks in plenty of space on the right-hand side, Rodney decided to have a go himself rather than give Franks the ball and his effort didn’t trouble Graham Stack as it came straight at him.

Eastleigh’s win means that they move up to 15th in the National League whilst Pools drop to 17th.

Hartlepool United: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Donnelly, Deverdics, Donaldson (Munns 77), Woods, Featherstone, Franks, Hawkins (Rodney 58), Oates (Simpson 54).

Booked: Rodney

Subs not used: Adams and Richardson

Eastleigh: Stack, Obileye, Howe, Boyce, Wood, Hollands (Strevens 68), Yeates (Matthews 77), Miley, Constable, Zebroski (McAllister 72), McSheffrey.

Subs not used: Reid and Stearn.

Attendance: 3,374 (68 away)

Shrimps and Pools share points in game of two halves

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Morecambe 1-1 Hartlepool United

Mullin 59           Amond 39

Struggling League 2 sides Morecambe and Hartlepool United shared the points on a stunning day at the Globe Arena today. Former Shrimp Padraig Amond opened the scoring for the away side towards the end of the first half after the ball was put on a plate for him, whilst in the second half Paul Mullin equalised for the home side with a header from close range.

It was a fairly slow start to the game, but Hartlepool had the better of the early stages – with much of possession and chances.  Their first chance came nine minutes in when Nicky Featherstone hit the ball over after some good pressure from the away side.

Five minutes later, Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Walker took the free kick, and it was blocked by the Morecambe wall before Nathan Thomas’ follow up shot was caught by Danijel Nizic on his line.

In the 19th minute the away side came close again with Scott Harrison’s volley going just wide of the mark.

Pools later had a series of chances through Rhys Oates. The 22 year old headed just over on the end of a corner in the 29th minute, before finding himself in space three minutes later only for his shot to not really trouble Nizic.

The away side got themselves in front shortly before half time. They passed their way round the Shrimps’ defence with ease before ex-Shrimps player Lewis Alessandra played a great ball through to a fellow former Shrimp Padraig Amond – who finished coolly past Nizic from close range in the 39th minute.

Morecambe’s first real chances of the game came on the brink of half time. Kevin Ellison headed just over from a corner in the 44th minute, before Paul Mullin came very close in stoppage time – cutting in from the right and forcing a save from Joe Fryer to his left. The away side led 1-0 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half, Hartlepool came close to doubling their lead through Padraig Amond, but his shot was blocked by Ryan Edwards.

Morecambe managed to get back into the game just three minutes later however through Paul Mullin. The move started with a great ball from Kevin Ellison on the left, before Ryan Edwards’ shot was cleared off the line and then Paul Mullin won the battle with the keeper for the ball – heading home from two yards out.

The home side then kicked on from thereafter and came close in the 67th minute when Kevin Ellison’s shot was saved by Fryers to his right shortly before Fleming headed straight into the hands of the Middlesbrough loanee.

Ten minutes later Ellison came close again, with the ball falling to him unmarked after a throw in. The veteran forward could only despatch the ball well over the bar.

The Shrimps came remarkably close to scoring in the 80th minute. Lee Molyneux made a quick run to get the ball from the throw-in and he played a good ball through to fellow substitute Aaron Wildig – whose shot brought about a potentially season-saving block from Hartlepool defender Scott Harrison.

Hartlepool had a good spell towards the end of the game. In the 82nd minute, Michael Woods cut through the defence only for his shot to go wide and then in the 85th minute Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Padraig Amond’s free kick was blocked by the Morecambe wall, and then Scott Harrison’s follow up shot went over the bar.

Morecambe’s last chance came in the first minute of added time when Kevin Ellison headed just wide on the end of a good ball from Andy Fleming.

Whilst it could be argued that Morecambe did enough to win the game following their second-half performance, it was Hartlepool who very nearly won the game at the end. Nathan Thomas made a great run, and his shot was blocked brilliantly by Ryan Edwards to ensure the game finished 1-1.

The result means that Morecambe move to 19th, eight points above the drop zone, whilst Hartlepool remain in 22nd – just three points above the drop zone following Newport’s 1-0 victory at Exeter City.

Up next for the Shrimps is Stevenage away from home on Good Friday, whilst Hartlepool United are up against Carlisle United at home in what will be a big game for both sides.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, McGowan 7, Whitmore 6, Edwards 7, Duckworth 6, Rose 6, Fleming 8, Turner 6 (Molyneux 66), Evans 6 (Wildig 66), Ellison 7, Mullin 7.

Sub ratings: Molyneux 7, Wildig 6.

Booked: Mullin

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Wakefield, Jordan, Murphy, Winnard.

Hartlepool United: Fryer 7, Richardson 6, Harrison 7, Walker 6, Donnelly 6, Alessandra 6 (Rodney 81), Woods 6, Featherstone 7, Thomas 6, Oates 7 (Deverdics 90+4), Amond 7.

Sub ratings: Rodney 6, Deverdics n/a

Subs not used: Magnay, Bates, Hawkins, Rooney, Dudzinski (GK).

Attendance: 1,548 (436 away)


Hartlepool Thrash Sorry Morecambe

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Morecambe 2-5 Hartlepool United

Kenyon 25 Barkhuizen 87  Woods 4 Thomas 6,50 James 76 pen Oates 89

Ten men Morecambe suffered their second defeat this week with a heavy loss to an in-form Hartlepool side on Saturday 9th April at the Globe Arena.

Hartlepool had two early goals coming from Michael Woods and Nathan Thomas, before Alex Kenyon pulled a goal back in the 25th minute. After the break Nathan Thomas got his second of the game five minutes into the half, before Morecambe went down to ten-men as Barry Roche was sent off. Luke James scored from the penalty spot, and then Tom Barkhuizen got a consolation for the Shrimps closely followed by a fifth goal for the visitors from Rhys Oates.

The game started off with Morecambe passing the ball around well and they soon went on the offensive, but Hartlepool capitalised on the home side’s first mistake. Nathan Thomas had a shot that deflected off the defence and Roche could only parry away, and then it fell to Michael Woods who was able to slot home ten yards out.

Just two minutes later the away side doubled their lead through Nathan Thomas. The winger did most of the work himself, beating Beeley with some good footwork before shooting into the top right-hand corner past Roche.

It was a very poor start for Jim Bentley’s side and they were almost 3-0 down in the 13th minute when Thomas cut past Beeley again, but this time his shot went just wide of the goal.

Shaun Miller had a half chance in the 21st minute when he found himself in some space in the box, but he failed to control his shot and it went well wide of the goal.

Just minutes later, the Shrimps found a way back into the game through Alex Kenyon. The young midfielder made a cracking run on the left hand side and he put a powerful shot past Trevor Carson to score his second goal in three games.

Between Kenyon’s goal and half time there weren’t many chances, but Morecambe could’ve equalised shortly before half time. Shaun Miller had a shot that went straight into the hands of Trevor Carson, and Kevin Ellison also came close too but Hartlepool managed to hold onto their lead at the break.

The away side started the second half in a similar fashion to the first half, and they had their third goal of the game just five minutes into the second half. Nathan Thomas cut inside without much opposition from the Morecambe defence and beat Roche with a powerful shot in the right-hand corner to extend his side’s lead.

Cole Stockton came close for the Shrimps in the 67th minute but his shot went just over the bar after being in plenty of space.

The game got worse for Morecambe five minutes later when they were reduced to ten men. Brad Walker made a cracking run with the ball, only having Roche to beat, and the keeper brought him down to be immediately sent off. The problem for Morecambe was that they had no substitute keeper on the bench, as Kieran O’Hara was out injured, so midfielder Alex Kenyon took the gloves.

Kenyon’s first action in goal was to pick the ball out of the net as he dived the wrong way. It was Luke James who scored from the spot to make it 4-1.

The home side did get a consolation however in the 87th minute when Barkhuizen snatched the ball off a defender and put the ball past Trevor Carson following an impressive run with the ball.

The game wasn’t finished there though as Rhys Oates made the scoreline look even worse for Morecambe slotting past Kenyon from close range in the 89th minute.

The result means that the Shrimps now move down to 19th ahead of a tough game against rivals Accrington Stanley next week whilst Hartlepool’s third win out of their last five moves them up to 16th.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley (c), Edwards, Parrish, Conlan (McGowan 46), Barkhuizen, Kenyon, Goodall, Ellison, Molyneux (Stockton 56), Miller (Oliver 80).

Subs not used: Devitt, Mullin, Bailey, Doyle.

Booked: Barkhuizen and Molyneux

Sent off: Roche

Hartlepool United: Carson, Magnay (c), Jackson, Jones, Carroll, Woods (Walker 70), Featherstone, Hawkins, Thomas (Oates 69), James, Gray (Laurent 64).

Subs not used: Bingham, Bartlett (GK), Richards, Duckworth

Booked: Carroll and James

Attendance: 2,005