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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

10 March 2019 Venue Dyke House Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Hartlepool United
6 - 1
Rotherham United

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Women's Team Ready For Millers Challenge

8 March 2019

Alisha Smith Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools Women's Team star Alisha Smith

Pools Women’s Team are back in action on Sunday when they host Rotherham United in the NERWFL Premier Division at Dyke House (2pm kick-off).

Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes’ side are looking to get back on the winning track after dropping points in last weekend’s entertaining 3-3 draw at Tynedale and the boss wants to his players on the front foot.

“We want a reaction after last week really,” he admitted.

“We know what Rotherham will bring so I am looking to see some attacking football and hopefully a little more ruthlessness in front of goal.

“I can’t fault the effort and commitment from the players, it’s been different class so I am excited about my first home game in charge and hopefully we can get a few fans down to support us.”

Rotherham have struggle during their first season in the Premier Division – they currently lie second-bottom in the table having won just twice in their 15 outings so far.

Pools will be looking to complete a double over The Millers on Sunday, having run out 4-1 winners in the away fixture last month thanks largely to skipper Justine Robinson’s hat-trick.

Gibbons-Hayes will have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, though midfield star Alisha Smith looks likely to miss out after picking up an ankle injury in training earlier this week.

Entry at Dyke House on Sunday is free to all supporters.

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Match Reports

Women's Thirty-Minute Goal Blast Sees Off Millers

11 March 2019

Caitlin Bates struck a hat-trick as Pools Women’s Team scored SIX times in an incredible first half-hour to thrash Rotherham United at Dyke House on Sunday.

Bates produced some clinical finishing but it was a team performance of real promise from Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes’ side, who had the game won after an astonishing glut of goals in the opening 30 minutes.

There was less than five minutes on the clock when Pools hit the net for the first time as skipper Justine Robinson stormed in to the left side of the area before teeing up Bates to make it 1-0.

A couple of minutes later Pools doubled their advantage when Jenni Duffy-Smith rifled an unstoppable shot in to the roof of the net after orchestrating a well-worked short corner.

It was 3-0 on 20 minutes when Bates swung a cross in to the area from the right and Jade Pye found space to brilliantly guide her header in to the top right-hand corner of the net.

Bates was then slipped through one-on-one with the keeper and punished Rotherham further with a composed shot in to the corner as the visitors threatened to completely unravel.

Robinson was proving too much for The Millers to handle playing off the left flank and another superb and determined run saw her get through on goal before very unselfishly squaring the ball for Pye who made it 5-0.

The sixth goal arrived on 31 minutes as Bates’ pace in behind again caused problems as she raced on to another through ball and skilfully curled it round the advancing keeper to complete her third treble of the campaign.

By now a strong wind was building at Dyke House and making conditions difficult for both sets of players – and with it blowing in Pools’ favour as the second half began, it was expected to be another one-sided 45 minutes.

However, Rotherham came out with renewed fight and showed great spirit to pull a goal back just after the restart when they took advantage of some hesitation at the back to rifle the ball in to the net.

Pools did have their opportunities; Bates struck the post with a low drive, while the visiting keeper was also called in to action to make fine saves from Bates and Duffy-Smith later in the half.

However, there wasn’t the same fluency about their display and Amy Campbell in the Pools goal had to be alert to block a goalbound shot, before Duffy-Smith did well to clear the loose ball off the line.

“It was a very positive first half and some of the football we played was on another level,” said Gibbon-Hayes afterwards.

“But in the second half with the wind behind us we couldn’t get our game going and were a bit sloppy at times – I think maybe some of the girls switched off because the game was dead really.

“If we play the kind of football we did in the first half then I think we’ll cause problems for every team at this level and some from the level above too.

“We’re trying to set a mentality in the players that we can play football with the squad we have so we want to finish the season strongly and then look for promotion next year.”

The win keep Pools second in the NERWFL Premier Division, though South Shields’ weekend victory over Harrogate Town means they remain just three points behind in third.

Full Time: Pools 6 Rotherham United 1

Pools: Campbell, Hampson (Rackstraw 70), Bartlett, Stuart, Stabler (Carter 75), Rowbotham, Duffy-Smith, Ingram (Lambert 65), Robinson, Bates, Pye.

Photo Credit: Lisa Stabler

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