It was another professional display from Pools this afternoon as they picked up a deserved three points in today’s match with Torquay United.
Jack Barmby opened the scoring in style on the half-hour mark and, despite Torquay applying pressure either side of the break, Pools rarely looked threatened.
Luke James got the second with a lovely header before Marlon Harewood rounded up the scoring just after 60 minutes with his first goal for the Club.
Pools started the brightest of the two teams here this afternoon, playing some of their more familiar passing football in the early minutes of the game.
Brad Walker burst forward with power, holding off a number of challenges to push his way to the edge of the area before squaring for Luke James. The young striker saw the ball taken from his feet by a last-ditch tackle but it was Pools’ first real move forward and showed great work from a confident Walker.
As Pools continued to see more of the ball, Darren Holden saw a scuffed shot held by Michael Poke before half chances for Andy Monkhouse, Luke James and Marlon Harewood failed to beat the visiting keeper.
With 30 minutes on the clock, Pools made their move; a good cross in from Jordan Richards on the right was touched down into the path of Jack Barmby and the on-loan winger showed a neat touch to scoop a lovely effort over Poke and into the back of the net.
The opener was a deserved one for Pools as they had played the better of the football up to that point but the visitors showed a strong reaction and went on to press in the run-up to the half-time break.
Flinders held a strong strike from Kevin Nicholson who tried his luck from distance, before doing the same with a powerful effort from Torquay’s opposite full back Anthony O’Connor.
The Pools keeper, who had a busy end to the first period, was in action again to save from Shamir Goodwin before he was back in action just before the half-time whistle to deny Elliot Benyon who was set up nicely by Enoch Showunmi.
Pools held the lead going into the break and, despite some late pressure, it had been Cooper’s men who had been on top for the majority of the first half.
It was Torquay who came out fighting after the break, working Pools hard again in their own half but Cooper’s men were in no mood to give up this lead.
And, when Jack Barmby lifted a corner in from the right, Luke James rose at the near post to send an impressive flicked header past a helpless Poke to make it 2-0.
While, Torquay continued to see plenty of the ball, it was Pools who were creating the pressure that counted and, with the hour mark having just passed, Cooper’s side made it 3-0.
A ball upfield found Marlon Harewood ready to break and the big striker did just that; he powered forward at goal, drawing Poke off his line and showed great composure to send the ball through the legs of the keeper to open his account for the Club.
And if Harewood’s goal pleased the fans inside The Vic this afternoon, his celebrations did even more to raise spirits as he showed quite clear delight and passion following the strike.
The remainder of the game saw Pools comfortably hold onto their three-goal advantage, without threatening Poke too much at the other end.
Cooper’s side were worthy winners this afternoon and will take great confidence from another solid, professional display.
Full Time: Pools 3 Torquay United 0
Pools: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden, Walton, Walker (Hawkins 79), Barmby (Sweeney 79), Monkhouse, Harewood (Franks 82), James
Subs Not Used: Rafferty, Poole, Rodney, Compton
Torquay United: Poke, Nicholson, Downes, Pearce, O’Connor, Lathrope, Goodwin, Harding, Stevens (Cameron 59), Benyon (Chapell 73), Showunmi (Stockley 73)
Subs Not Used: Tonge, Hawley, Rice, Wilkinson
Today's Youth Team Result: Bradford City 2 Pools 1 (Wood)