Pools are still looking for their first ever win over Stevenage after losing 2-1 on a disappointing night at Victoria Park.
Ronnie Moore's side took too long to offer any kind of real threat in the game, making it too easy for the visitors to take a 2-0 lead and, while Billy Paynter gave hope late in the game, there wasn't enough time for any more and Stevenage picked up their first victory in ten games.
With Stevenage starting the better of the teams, Pools were defending from the off as it was another slow start from the team at Victoria Park.
And within the first ten minutes Trevor Carson had pulled off two brilliant saves to keep the game level. The Northern Irish keeper first went full stretch to deny Stevenage before somehow denying Tom Pett with an unbelievable one-handed save.
Pools first shot of the game came on 19 minutes as Luke James battled to get the ball infield to Billy Paynter who found space to shoot on goal sending his effort from outside of the box just over the bar.
As the half-hour mark approached, Pools did start to get more into the game, seeing more of the ball and spending more time in the right half of the pitch.
Jordan Richards sent in a couple of decent crosses from the right, while Nathan Thomas testing Jamie Jones in the visiting goal with a half-volley from the edge of the area which stung the keeper’s hands as he kept it out.
But with 45 minutes on the clock, Stevenage snatched the lead to take the advantage into the break. And it was a great strike which eventually did beat Carson as
Tom Conlon broke down the right to cut in and send a fierce strike past the Pools stopper and into the top corner of the net.
Pools started to put some better play together after the break, with Thomas and James linking up well down the left, the on-loan Peterborough man playing Thomas into the box but he lost out in the challenge before getting the chance to shoot.
Stevenage though looked the more confident of the two sides and broke on 52 minutes to double their lead; the visitors passed their way too easily through the Pools defence to play in Conlon from close range and he simply tapped home his second to make it 2-0.
And the early confidence shown by the visitors following half time grew following their second goal, as they began to look for a possible third.
There was a scare as a defensive clearance from Hawkins was intercepted allowing Stevenage back in at goal but fortunately the referee spotted a push on Carson and ruled out a goal as the ball was poked into the net.
Pools got a goal back on 68 minutes through Billy Paynter; a great run upfield from Jordan Richards opened it up for the hosts before his cross into the box picked out Paynter at the far post and he side-footed home to give his side a lifeline.
Jordan Richards sent a sweet volley at goal on 74 minutes as Pools started to show more belief but as his effort curled its way towards goal, Jones went full-stretch to push it wide and hold the lead for his side.
Jake Gray fed Billy Paynter inside the area but his shot on goal was blocked by the defender before Jones got there to clear.
After introducing Scott Fenwick alongside Paynter and James just before the hour, Ronnie Moore made further attacking moves for the final ten minutes as he also brought on Rakish Bingham and new signing Josh Laurent to try and find the equaliser from his side.
In the end, Pools ran out of time to find at least an equaliser from this game and were made to pay for taking so long to get going this evening as the first game of three this week ended in a disappointing defeat.
Final Score: Pools 1 Stevenage 2
Booked: Magnay (42), Thomas (75)
Attendance: 3308 (26 Stevenage)
Pools: Carson, Richards, Bates, Jackson, Carroll, Hawkins (Fenwick 59), Gray (Laurent 81), Magnay, Thomas (Bingham 81), Paynter, James.
Subs Not Used: Bartlett, Jones, Harrison, Featherstone.
Stevenage: Jones, Wilkinson, Hedges (Cox 82), O’Connor, Pett (Gorman 87), Parrett (Conlon 39), Wells, Lee, Henry, Keane, Ogilvie.
Subs Not Used: Franks, Zanzala, Day, Johnson.