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28 April 2019 Venue Attendance

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South Shields
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Hartlepool United

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Women Aim To Finish On A High

26 April 2019

Sarah Rowbotham Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools midfielder Sarah Rowbotham

Pools Women’s Team are set to bring down the curtain on another successful season when they travel to face South Shields on Sunday afternoon (2pm kick-off).

Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes side were boosted by a brilliant 7-1 destruction of Wallsend during their game at The Super 6 Stadium on Easter Sunday and now they will hope to carry that form in to the weekend.

Pools are just about assured of finishing in runners-up spot in the NERWFL Premier Division, behind runaway leaders Durham Cestria who won all 18 of their games this term.

Shields have two games remaining and are only six points behind Pools in third – however, Pools’ vastly superior goal difference means that this weekend’s host are unlikely to overtake them.

And Gibbon-Hayes’ outfit will be looking to complete a treble over the home side on Sunday having beaten them 4-3 in the home fixture and also triumphed over them 1-0 in the League Cup earlier this season.

“I think everybody is still on a high after last weekend’s game at The Super 6 Stadium,” admitted the Pools boss.

“It was an incredible experience for us all and it was nice to hear so many people talking about us.

“Now it’s back to business as usual and we will be looking to end the season with another win because it’s all about keeping that momentum going.

“South Shields are a very good side so I am expecting a tough game but this kind of fixture is the perfect way to end the campaign.

“We’re pretty gutted that the season is coming to an end but we’re also very excited about the plans that are already taking shape for pre-season with some high-profile friendlies set to be confirmed.”

Gibbon-Hayes will have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of Sunday’s game, though midfielder Lottie Portas, who scored in the win over Wallsend, is unavailable.

The game takes place at Harton Westoe Miners Welfare in South Shields and entry is free to all supporters.

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Match Reports

Robinson Fires Women To Last Day Victory

29 April 2019

Justine Robinson Lisa Stabler
Justine Robinson in action during the win at South Shields

Justine Robinson delivered another superb performance as she hit a second successive hat-trick in Pools Women’s 5-3 win at South Shields on Sunday.

The skipper has been lethal in front of goal this term and her latest treble means she finishes as Pools’ top scorer with 25 goals – a tally only bettered in the NERWFL Premier Division by Durham Cestria’s Lauren Robson.

It was Robinson who broke the deadlock on Sunday after a cagey start at Shields, when some excellent link-up play between Caitlin Bates and Jenny Duffy-Smith set her through on goal and she produced a confident finish for 1-0 on 22 minutes.

Pools went on to dominate the remainder of the first half and pushed for a second goal, though the hosts continued to look a threat on the counter-attack.

However, Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes’ side doubled their advantage seven minutes in to the second half when Robinson again raced clear of the home defence before chipping the ball over the keeper and in to the net.

The confidence with which Pools were playing was now obvious but concentration levels slipped a little on 55 minutes and that allowed the Shields striker to get through and pull a goal back.

The setback shocked Pools in to action and for the next fifteen minutes they played some devastating football and pushed the game beyond Shields with three quick-fire goals.

First Jade Pye struck a rocket in to the net from twenty yards to make it 3-1 before the impressive Kate Hampson escaped through on goal and chipped the advancing keeper for a brilliant fourth goal.

Robinson then completed her hat-trick on 70 minutes to underline Pools’ superiority and confirm their runners-up spot ahead of their hosts in the Premier Division.

Shields did rally towards the end and they managed to pull a couple of consolation goals back but the result was never in doubt as Pools secured their 14th league win of an excellent campaign.

“We were outstanding at times and the final score probably didn’t truly reflect our dominance,” insisted Gibbon-Hayes afterwards.

“We were particularly impressive in the second half when we looked like scoring every time we went forward, though our concentration did slip a few times for the goals we conceded.

“I am excited that we finished the season on a high and now the preparation we’ve already begun will continue towards pre-season as we target promotion to the National League.”

Full Time: South Shields 3 Pools 5

Pools: R Smith, Bartlett, Stuart, Duffy-Smith, Stabler, Rowbotham, Smith, Hampson (Carter 71), Robinson, Bates, Pye (Lambert 71).
Subs not used: Campbell.

Photos: Lisa Stabler

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