Pools fell to their first defeat of the new campaign as a goal in each half helped Teddy Sheringham celebrate his opening win as manager of Stevenage.
Ronnie Moore had named an unchanged starting eleven for the trip to The Lamex Stadium, with Matthew Bates continuing in central defence while new loan signing Andrew Boyce was included on the bench.
After a relatively quiet opening period, the hosts suddenly burst in to life and began to create some decent opportunities as Pools wobbled in the Stevenage sunshine.
Full-back Fraser Franks cleverly got in down the right side of the penalty area and delivered a low ball across to skipper Steven Schumacher who probably should have done better than scuff a shot wide from twelve yards.
Dale Gorman was providing energy for the home side in the centre of midfield and he saw one effort blocked by Bates before flashing another shot just wide from distance.
Pools were struggling to get in to any rhythm and things weren’t helped when Bates hobbled off through injury, which allowed new arrival Boyce to come on for his debut.
Stevenage’s dominance did start to decline as the half wore on and Pools began to look more likely going forward; Michael Duckworth drilled a shot wide from distance after wriggling in to space.
Then the industrious Nicky Featherstone’s cross from the left found its way to the feet of Rakish Bingham and he turned in an instant and fired an instinctive shot on goal which was well pawed away by keeper Chris Day.
Chances continued to be at a premium and it looked as though the first half would pass without either side finding the net, until injury time when Schumacher’s corner found Franks unmarked in the middle and he nodded Stevenage in to the lead from six yards.
Ronnie Moore’s men were out on to the pitch well before their opponents after half time as they looked to find a route back in to the game but again struggled to build up any real momentum.
Bingham fired a powerful shot well over the bar after Harrison had knocked down a free-kick at the far post, while Carl Magnay drove a shot wide from distance after some good build-up play.
Rhys Oates once again came off the bench to good effect and looked dangerous on the right side of the attack and he was on the end of Pools’ best chance. Bursting in behind unsuspecting central defender Mark Hughes, Oates’ first touch was a little heavy and forced him wide, allowing Day to get across and block the shot.
Billy Paytner’s deflected shot from twenty yards spun kindly to the right side of the area where Bingham was waiting but, after steadying himself, he curled a shot in the side netting at the near post as Stevenage survived again.
Duckworth got away down the right to feed substitute Ebby Nelson-Addy and his goalbound shot was blocked on the line by Dean Wells – the Pools players argued that he had used a hand but the officials waved away the appeals.
And with that went Pools’ hopes of maintaining their unbeaten start as Stevenage once again enjoyed the edge over them to record their first win of the new campaign.
Full Time: Stevenage 1 Pools 0
Stevenage: Day, Franks, Hughes, Wells, Oglivie, Gordon (Whelpdale 63), Lee (Hitchcock 83), Schumacher, Gorman, Williams. Akinyemi (Pett 71).
Subs Not Used: Kettings, Okimo, Casey, Conlon.
Pools: Bartlett, Duckworth, Harrison, Bates (Boyce 19), Carroll, Magnay, Featherstone, Woods (Nelson-Addy 72), Bingham, Paynter, Fenwick (Oates 62).
Subs Not Used: Denton, Jones, Walker, Smith.