Padraig Amond scored twice on his return to Blundell Park and Nathan Thomas made it six goals in as many games as Pools beat Grimsby Town 3-0 this afternoon.
Despite spells of pressure from the hosts, this was a professional display from Pools who saw their game plan work perfectly as they took all three points from the game with Grimsby Town.
Amond's brace and a real wonder-strike from Thomas were the highlights of an impressive display from Craig Hignett's side who make it five games unbeaten with the result.
Nathan Thomas, otherwise quiet in this first half, got into a great position inside the box to shoot on goal but he was denied by Danny Collins who put in a great block to steal possession.
Although Pools started well, winning a corner corner within the first minute, a delay to allow treatment to Ashley Chambers quickly changed the flow of the game.
The action re-started in the seventh minute and this signalled a strong spell of pressure from the hosts.
After dealing with a couple of quick corners from Grimsby, Trevor Carson was called into action for the first time to deal with a low shot in from Tom Bolarinwa on the right. The
Pools keeper got down to collect at the near post, making it look easy.
Pools struggled to get out of their own half for a good 15-minute spell as the hosts pressed for an opener.
With Toto Nsiala’s every touch jeered, the big defender had to remain focussed and he did well, looking in determined mood alongside the reliable Liam Donnelly at the back.
Pools got a sniff of a chance when James McKeown in the home goal kicked the ball straight out to Josh Laurent. The midfielder took a touch and set up to shoot but his chipped effort found the arms of the grateful keeper.
With 25 minutes on the clock, the tide turned for Pools and it came against the run of play; great work by Lewis Alessandra down the left saw him force his way past two black and white shirts to send a shot in on goal. Alessandra’s effort crashed against the near post and bounced back into the path of former Grimsby man Padraig Amond who tapped in from close range.
Pools looked the better team following the goal and went on to make it 2-0 on 37 minutes, once again through former Grimsby striker Amond.
Alessandra again set it up, this time crossing in from the left for Amond, who had more to do for his second effort. The Irish striker rose to meet the ball with a perfectly-weighted glancing header which beat McKeown and hit the net.
Grimsby, who attacked with pace and remained a threat throughout, had a decent chance shortly after the goal as Bolarinwa burst down the right to square the ball in for Luke Summerfield. He was in a good position to shoot but sent his powerful strike over the bar.
Late in the first half, Trevor Carson pulled off another good save, getting up well to tip a Danny Andrew effort over the bar, allowing his side to take the 2-goal lead into the second half.
Grimsby came out very brightly and caused Pools all kinds of problems early on; Bolarinwa was a real threat down the right, while Bogle was a constant presence in the box.
And Pools were left to breathe a sigh of relief within ten minutes of the re-start as Jake Carroll first cleared off the line, before Trevor Carson somehow managed to keep the hosts out with an unbelievable double block.
The Pools keeper rightly celebrated his saves with arms aloft – more so than Amond had for either goal.
Hignett’s side were soon celebrating again at the other end after a sublime piece of skill from the in-form Nathan Thomas.
With Alessandra picking up his hat-trick of assists, he played the ball in for Thomas and he did the rest himself, cutting into space before sending a fantastic chipped effort into the corner of the net, leaving James McKeown with no chance as he made it 3-0.
There was a chance for Lewis Alessandra whose hard work deserved a goal this afternoon, to add to the scoreline after being set up by Amond but after picking his spot, the forward saw his effort well-saved by McKeown.
The third goal had knocked the fight out of Grimsby and it was a comfortable end to the game for Pools who make it five games without defeat.
Full Time: Grimsby Town 0 Pools 3
Attendance: 5713 (532 Pools)
Booked: Carroll (3), Thomas (60)
Grimsby Town: McKeown, Davies, Andrew, Pearson, Chambers (Bolarinwa 7), Bogle, Vose (Berrett 76), Summerfield, Collins, Comley, Tuton (Vernon 76).
Subs Not Used: Gowling, Mills, Jackson, Henderson.
Pools: Carson, Richards, Nsiala, Donnelly, Carroll, Deverdics (Harrison 82), Laurent, Hawkins, Alessandra, Thomas (Fewster 75), Amond (Paynter 82).
Subs Not Used: Bartlett, Martin, Green, Heardman.