Pools came from a goal behind in a battling performance to beat York City 2-1 on a lively afternoon at Bootham Crescent.
Reece Thompson gave the hosts the lead on 57 minutes after York had dominated the first half but Billy Paynter scored a wonder-strike to pull Pools level and Michael Woods scored the winner to give Sam Collins' side the three points.
Pools faced up to a very direct approach from York City in the first half, with a number of tussles cropping up all over the pitch in the first 45. It was the hosts who started strongest and they looked the most like opening the scoring for much of the first half. In the first couple of minutes, Adam Bartlett pulled off a decent save to keep one of two successive corners out. There was a blow on 5 minutes when Harry Worley was flattened by Reece Thompson with a very heavy challenge. The big defender was unable to continue and was replaced by Matthew Bates. As York continued to build on a lively start, Luke Summerfield sent a corner into the box which was headed back across by Dave Winfield where Summerfield picked it up to smash it back at goal but his shot was deflected wide for another corner. While Pools were carrying out much of their work battling hard at the back, there were a few chances at the other end and, when Billy Paynter picked out Rakish Bingham with a lovely ball over the top, the striker set off on goal. But with just Scott Flinders to beat, Bingham saw his shot blocked by the former Pools keeper who collected at the second attempt. Adam Bartlett more than matched the save with a great stop at the other end shortly after; with David Tutonda looking to make his mark, Bartlett got down quickly to stop his effort from going in at the bottom corner. Bartlett was at it again when Winfield arrived to meet a freekick inside the box and guided his header at goal only to be denied by the Pools stopper who tipped it over the bar. From the following corner, a combination of Michael Duckworth and Scott Fenwick kept the ball from crossing the line as things got frantic and then Fenwick was there again to clear from the third successive corner. Bartlett had another save to make, this time denying Vadaine Oliver who tried a low curling effort to beat the Pools keeper but Bartlett again came out on top. As the half came to a close, Pools had a couple more chances to snatch a goal; Carl Magnay picked out Paynter with a great cross-field ball and Paynter responded with a fierce ball into the box. Michael Woods picked up the ball, took a touch but saw his placed effort deflected over the bar. Paynter picked out Bingham again with a decent flick on but this time Bingham’s shot went just wide of the post. Russell Penn turned to shoot inside the box for the hosts but his effort bounced down and up into the angle of the goal from close range, while Oliver sent the rebound wide. The final chance of the half went to Pools as Paynter again found striker partner Bingham, but the final shot went just wide and the two teams went in goalless at half time. Pools enjoyed a brief spell on top after the re-start but it was all-too brief and York City were soon back threatening at the other end. There were a couple of early warning signs but the goal eventually arrived on 57 minutes through Reece Thompson. It was a scrappy goal, scored from close range after the ball was not cleared and it gave Pools the challenge of finding their way back into a game for the first time. Pools had the chance to hit back quickly when Paynter squared the ball for Fenwick running in on goal but the striker sent his effort straight into the arms of Flinders. But the chance highlighted the instant positive response shown by Pools to going behind and it continued as Sam Collins’ side went on to enjoy one of their best spells of pressure. The introduction of Rhys Oates gave Pools a new option when going forward and the side started to look brighter in the final third. And the upturn in tempo from Pools was capped by a brilliant equaliser from Billy Paynter on 70 minutes. Carroll squared the ball to Paynter on the edge of the box and the in-form striker took a moment to pick his spot before curling a great shot into the top corner of the net, leaving Flinders with no chance. With the strong belief in the squad this season, Pools were not finished there and when Adam Bartlett collected a York corner kick comfortably, he reacted quickly to send the ball upfield. And the keeper’s kick out was perfectly-placed as it picked out Bingham deep inside the York half. The striker did well to run in on goal before picking out Michael Woods inside the box and his shot from a central position inside the box just squirmed past Winfield and over the line to give Pools a 2-1 lead on 81 minutes. Pools had more defending to do in a nervy finish and Bartlett had to be alert to the end, pulling off a late save to deny Oliver who broke through on goal. But Pools had battled hard all afternoon and were in no mood to give that up and so it was Pools who made it three successive wins so far this season and picked up their first win at Bootham Crescent for almost 27 years. Full Time: York City 1 Pools 2 Attendance: 4890 (1834 Pools) Booked: Bates (58), Carroll (67), Woods (70) York City: Flinders, McCoy, Berrett, Summerfield, Oliver, Penn, Lowe, Winfield, Thompson (Hyde 75), Tutonda, Zubar. Subs Not Used: McCombe, Nolan, Carson, Straker, Ingham, Godfrey. Pools: Bartlett, Duckworth, Worley (Bates 7), Harrison, Carroll, Magnay, Featherstone, Woods (Walker 84), Fenwick (Oates 62), Paynter, Bingham. Subs Not Used: Denton, Jones, Oyenuga, Smith.