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03 March 2019 Venue Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

3 - 3
Hartlepool United

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Match Previews

Women Look For Third League Win In A Row

1 March 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 travel to Tynedale Ladies on Sunday hoping to collect another three points to help keep some pressure on league-leaders Durham Cestria (2pm kick-off).

Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes’ side have won their last two games and fired in 11 goals in the process to leapfrog South Shields in to second-place and bring Durham back in to focus.

Durham still boast a perfect record having won all 13 of their NERWFL Premier Division fixtures this term but Pools are nine points behind them and will hope to keep winning and be ready to pounce on any unexpected slip-ups from the leaders.

However, Tynedale have enjoyed a strong season themselves and currently sit fifth in the table so Sunday’s game will be a tough examination for new boss Gibbon-Hayes and his players.

Pools are boosted by the return to contention of a trio of players; Caitlin Bates, Lottie Portas and Alisha Smith are all set to be back in the squad this weekend.

“We’ve had a really positive week in training again,” revealed Gibbon-Hayes.

“The players have worked extremely hard and showed a hunger to improve and, more importantly, the desire to be in the starting eleven on Sunday.

“We have a great belief in this squad so we’ll go to Tynedale looking to pick up another three points.

“What excites me is that with a full squad of 16 we have real competition for places and hopefully that will increase the overall level of performance.”

Sunday’s game takes place at Kingsley Park in Crawcrook and entry to all supporters is free.

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Match Reports

Stuart Hits Treble In Tynedale Thriller

4 March 2019

Emily Stuart Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Emily Stuart in action for Pools Women's Team

Emily Stuart struck a brilliant hat-trick but Pools Women had to be content with a point from a thrilling encounter at Tynedale on Sunday afternoon.

Centre-back Stuart had only scored two previous goals in her senior career but the youngster’s treble helped Pools claim a 3-3 draw, though there had been chances to have secured victory.

The opening ten minutes of the contest proved competitive with both sides feeling each other out and Tynedale, in particular, attempting to impose their physical presence.

However, Pools went in front on 17 minutes when a corner was only cleared to the edge of the box where Stuart met it with a sumptuous volley which flew in to the net from twenty-five yards.

The goal boosted Jonny Gibbon-Hayes’ side and they began to control proceedings, moving further in front just after the half-hour mark when Justine Robinson’s shot was blocked by a defender’s hand and Stuart slotted home the resultant penalty.

The home side grabbed a crucial lifeline just before the break when they pounced on a defensive mistake from Pools to pull a goal back.

The second half started in similarly sloppy fashion for Pools as they stood appealing for an offside decision which never arrived and allowed the Tynedale forward to run through and level the game up at 2-2.

Pools woke and began playing their football again and on the hour went back in front when Jenni Duffy-Smith’s dangerous set-piece was knocked in the net by Stuart to complete her hat-trick.

Pools then set about searching for more goals but chances came and went, including a wonderful opportunity when Robinson ran clear on goal only to be dubiously flagged offside.

The hosts made the most of the let-off and broke down to the other end of the pitch to win a set-piece from which they manufactured an equaliser to make it 3-3.

Tynedale’s keeper then proved the star of the show in the closing minutes as she produced several excellent saves to keep Pools at bay and ensure the points were shared.

“Coming away with a draw from that game feels like a loss,” admitted boss Gibbon-Hayes afterwards.

“We need to be more ruthless in front of goal because at 3-2 we missed two or three gilt-edged chances.

“No doubt the girls will feel as frustrated as Andy and I but, thankfully in football, we have an opportunity to put it right next week.”

Full Time: Tynedale 3 Pools 3

Pools: Smith, Bartlett, Duffy-Smith, Stuart, Stabler (Hampson 80), Robinson, Smith, Rowbotham, Ingram (Portas 54), Bates, Pye.
Subs not used: Campbell, Carter.

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