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24 October 2017 Venue Victoria Park Attendance

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24 October 2017

Nicky Deverdics Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Nicky Deverdics celebrates his goal against Tranmere Rovers

Nicky Deverdics scored a brilliant freekick as Pools played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers at Victoria Park.

Scott Loach had his first save to make when Dylan Mottley-Henry burst forward through the middle to fire a shot in on goal but the Pools stopper blocked the effort before Louis Laing got up to clear the follow-up.

Pools were straight up the other end to test Loach’s opposite number; Scott Davies blocked the striker’s shot on goal, before Nicky Deverdics drove one just wide of the post.

Harrison’s side were on top by the 20th minute and were starting to really test the visiting defence; Nicky Deverdics in particular was causing problems with his delivery from set pieces.

Deverdics sent a freekick from wide right which forced the defender to head it over, the left back’s first corner had to be pushed over the bar by Davies and the second saw Franks’ header kept out by the busy Rovers keeper.

After treatment for a head injury, Deverdics was back in the thick of the action as he fired in a decent effort from the edge of the area that pulled a good save from Davies who pushed it wide at full-stretch.

And the visiting keeper, who was by far the busier of the two, pulled off an even better save in the closing minutes, denying Rhys Oates with a header from close range before Steve McNulty cleared for a corner.

Pools played some good football in this first half and just lacked the goal going into the break.

Harrison’s side started the second half strongly and were 1-0 up inside the first five minutes; Rhys Oates was fouled thirty yards out and once again the in-form Deverdics stepped up to take the freekick. With his spot picked out, Deverdics stepped up and fired an unstoppable strike past the helpless Davies and into the back of the net.

After dominating the opening ten minutes of the half, Pools found themselves back on level terms on 57 minutes when sub Jay McEeveley met left-wing corner to thump a header past Loach to make it 1-1.

The game opened up more after the equaliser but Pools were soon back on the attack with a cross in from Magnay on the right picking out Devante Rodney in a crowded penalty area but the big striker saw his shot on goal deflected wide of target.

Ritchie Sutton had a great chance for the visitors to take the lead as he stayed up following a corner and sent a glancing header wide after picking up a teasing cross from the right.

Scott Loach pulled off a good save to deny Ollie Norburn who was allowed the space to shoot on 78 minutes before Connor Jennings sent a header over the bar.

Deverdics caused havoc with another well-taken freekick, this time from the right; with the ball pinging around the box, Davies struggled to get a touch but the final shot went wide of the left-hand post.

With five minutes remaining, there was a sense that the game could still go either way as both sides refused to settle for the point.

There were some nervy moments in the final minutes as the visitors flashed a ball across the face of goal, headed wide from a corner and Jennings chipped his shot over the bar when through on goal. 

This closely-fought game ended in a second-successive 1-1 draw for Pools, who now face the long trip to Torquay United this weekend. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Tranmere Rovers 1 

Attendance: 3371 (291 Tranmere Rovers)

Booked: Rodney (52)

Pools: Loach, Magnay (Ledger 68), Laing, Donnelly, Deverdics, Featherstone, Hawkins, Woods (Adams 75), Oates, Franks, Rodney (Simpson 73).
Subs Not Used: George, Munns.

Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Norwood, McNulty (McEveley 46), Harris, Cook, Sutton, Ridehalgh, Jennings, Norburn, Mottley-Henry, Duggan.
Subs Not Used:  Mangan, McDonagh, Hughes, Pilling. 

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