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21 October 2018 Venue Attendance

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Hartlepool United
6 - 3
Harrogate Town

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Women To Host Harrogate On Sunday

19 October 2018

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

Pools Women’s Team face another big game this weekend as they host NERWFL Premier Division newbies Harrogate Town Ladies at Grayfields Enclosure (2pm kick-off).

Craig Devon’s side moved up to fifth after last week’s dramatic late win at Farsley Celtic saw them leapfrog their hosts in the table.

However, Harrogate are more of an unknown quantity having been promoted from the North East Regional Southern Division on the back of a second successive league title last term.

The North Yorkshire outfit have also made an encouraging start to the new campaign, having won four of their first six outings to sit joint top of the table alongside Durham Cestria.

Pools – who have three games in hand on this Sunday’s opponents – will hope to move within three points of their visitors with a second successive victory this weekend.

Sunday’s game kicks-off at 2pm and entry to Grayfields Enclosure is free to all supporters.

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Match Reports

Bates Smashes Treble In Women's Victory

22 October 2018

Caitlin Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Caitlin Bates in action for Pools

Caitlin Bates fired her second hat-trick of the season as Pools Women’s Team inflicted a 6-3 NERWFL Premier Division defeat on second-placed Harrogate Town at Grayfields on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was in blistering form once again following her return from injury and put Pools in front with just three minutes gone when she broke through on goal to finish calmly.

Pools controlled proceedings after that, knocking the ball around with authority and playing at a high tempo which caused problems for their newly-promoted visitors.

On the half-hour mark it was 2-0 when Bates let fly with a powerful drive from the left-hand side which proved too hot to handle for the keeper who spilled it in to the net.

However, there was a sloppy start to the second half from Pools which allowed Harrogate to pull a goal back within two minutes of the restart and gain a foothold in the game.

Pools managed to regain their composure quickly though and re-established their two-goal lead just prior to the hour-mark when Hannah Lambert was in the right place to keep up her excellent scoring start to the season.

Just two minutes later skipper Justine Robinson got in on the act when some lovely football sent her through one-on-one with the keeper and she kept her cool to slot home easily and make it 4-1.

Bates completed her treble on 63 minutes with another ferocious strike from distance before Town grabbed another goal back when they took advantage of some hesitant defending.

Lucy Hammond-Garrington then climbed off the bench to score a sixth for Pools with ten minutes left but some tired legs in the closing stages allowed the visitors to make it 6-3.

“I was really happy with the performance,” boss Craig Devon admitted afterwards.

“The speed with which we played going forward was particularly pleasing and you can see the players are really starting to trust each other’s ability.

“We can forgive some tired legs near the end given the effort everyone had put in to the game but I think we can still learn from the goals we conceded.”

The victory saw Pools move fifth in the table and just six points behind leaders Durham Cestria with a game in hand.

Full Time: Pools 6 Harrogate Town 3

Pools: Smith, Bartlett (Stabler 75), Garside, Lambert, Hampson (Portas 55), Duffy-Smith, Robinson, Rowbotham (Ingram 60), Pye, Dawson, Bates (Hammond-Garrington 62).

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