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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

07 April 2019 Venue Grayfields Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Hartlepool United
5 - 2

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Women's Team Feeling Positive For Run-In

5 April 2019

Women's Team management team Andy Hetherington and Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes talk to the players
Women's Team management team Andy Hetherington and Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes talk to the players

Pools Women’s Team are in action at Grayfields on Sunday when they host their Tynedale counterparts in the NERWFL Premier Division (2pm kick-off).

Durham Cestria have already sewn up the title but Pools are battling to secure a runners-up spot which would mark progress on last year’s third-place finish.

Pools are currently second in the table but South Shields lie third and are level on points so it looks set to be an interesting finish – especially given the two sides play each other next weekend.

Boss Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes has insisted that the positivity within the group can help give them the edge for the run-in but knows to expect a difficult game against Tynedale on Sunday.

Pools could only draw 3-3 when the sides met on Tyneside at the start of last month so three points is certainly not a given against a team who have also improved upon last term’s performance.

“Our players are in a good place right now and we just want to keep that going,” Gibbon-Hayes told us.

“We had an excellent training session this week and there was a great intensity to the work the girls go through – with three games left this feels like such a positive environment.

“The target is to ensure we’re unbeaten in the final three games but we can’t look too far ahead, the whole focus has to be on Sunday’s game against Tynedale and we’ll approach it with confidence.”

Gibbon-Hayes looks set to be boosted by the return of influential midfielder Alisha Smith after an ankle injury, while new signing Laura Wilson is also pushing for a starting spot.

Entry is free to all supporters for Sunday’s game at Grayfields so make sure you pop along and support the Women’s Team in action if you can.

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Match Reports

High Five For Pools Women's Team

8 April 2019

Pools Women’s Team took another step towards clinching the NERWFL Premier Division runners-up spot on Sunday as they twice came from behind to beat Tynedale at Grayfields.

With their rivals for second place South Shields without a league game at the weekend, Pools seized the opportunity to move three points clear with a hard-fought 5-2 victory on home soil.

Skipper Justine Robinson led the way with two goals in the triumph, as Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes’ side recovered from a slow start to take all three points.

It was the hosts who looked more of a threat in the opening stages and some clever movement and hold-up play from Tynedale Number 10 was causing all sorts of problems for Pools’ defence.

On 25 minutes that pressure told when the visitors stole in front as the striker raced through on goal and despatched a brilliant finish in to the top corner from just outside the box.

Tyndale continued to set the pace of the game but Pools hit back with an equaliser against the run of play six minutes before the break when Robinson ran through on goal to finish.

However, the away team were back in front almost immediately at the start of the second half when Pools were undone by a long ball through the middle which was once again neatly tucked away by the centre-forward.

It took the introduction of substitute Laura Wilson – who returned to the Club last week – to spark Pools in to life on the hour when first Sarah Rowbotham struck the crossbar with a 20-yard drive before a Caitlin Bates’ shot came back off the foot of the post.

On 65 minutes the leveller arrived though. Great work by Aimee Stabler saw Bates released through on goal and she kept her composure to fire past the keeper for 2-2.

After that, Pools finally began to find their usual rhythm and Robinson did well to tee-up substitute Lucy Hammond-Garrington who found the net to give Gibbon-Hayes’ outfit the lead for the first time in the game.

Wilson and Rowbotham began to really pull the strings in midfield as Pools looked to turn the screw on their tiring opponents, and it was Wilson who added the fourth goal on 73 minutes with a great finish from a wide position.

It was now a more comfortable situation for Pools and they were even able to grab a fifth goal a minute from time when Robinson fired an unstoppable shot in to the top corner to cap an excellent performance.

“It was a very frustrating game to be part of because we were poor for long spells and didn’t play with our usual flair and intensity,” admitted Gibbon-Hayes afterwards.

“Credit to the Tynedale Number 10, she was unplayable at times and asked us a lot of questions.

“I thought the introduction of Laura Wilson changed the game – she was composed in possession, got us playing and allowed Sarah Rowbotham and Justine Robinson to get on the ball more.

“All the subs played a part and that competition for places is something we want to have within the squad.

“The positive is that we were are 20% of the standard we know we can reach but still managed to win the game.”

Full Time: Pools 5 Tynedale 2

Pools: Smith, Bartlett (Hampson 77), Stuart, Duffy-Smith, Stabler, Rowbotham, Ingram (Wilson 56), Portas (Smith 62), Robinson, Bates, Pye (Hammond-Garrington 62).

Photo Credit: Lisa Stabler

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