Pools were beaten 3-0 by Almere City in the second and final pre season friendly on a wet and windy evening in Heiloo on Wednesday.
Neale Cooper’s men will certainly feel the scoreline was harsh on them but the positives will still largely outweigh the negatives for the Pools boss when he reflects on this during their final day in Holland on Thursday.
Indeed it was Pools who were out of the traps quickest, responding to the manager’s request that they deliver more crosses in to the box; James Poole swung one over to Steve Howard but he shot wide.
An untypically short back pass from Neil Austin caused a problem for Pools but teenage keeper Dominic Scott made a fine save as the striker ran through.
Five minutes before the break, Almere made the breakthrough though when the ball was headed home from six yards by Rowin van Zaanen after a pin point delivery from the right.
The second half belonged to Pools in terms of possession and territory, Jonathan Franks taking more opportunities to produce quality crosses in to the penalty area.
Peter Hartley perhaps should have scored when he headed over from eight yards, while Andy Monkhouse guided a volley just wide of the far post.
Austin came really close to leveling the game when he curled a free-kick over the wall but the keeper did well to move across to his right and parry it away to safety. And Pools were punished for not taking their chances when two further counter-attack goals from Stefano Lilipaly and Charles Dissels added a somehat unwarranted gloss to City’s margin of victory.
Full Time: Pools 0 Almere City 3
Pools: Scott, Austin, Collins (Baldwin 46), Hartley, Horwood, Franks, Sweeney, Murray (Humphreys 46), Poole, Howard (James 61), Monkhouse