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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

16 September 2018 Venue Grayfields Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Hartlepool United
1 - 0
South Shields

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Ladies Eye Strong Start On Home Soil

14 September 2018

Hartlepool United Ladies 2018/19 Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Hartlepool United Ladies 2018/19

Pools Ladies boss Craig Devon says his side are aiming to get off to a flyer on home soil on Sunday as they host South Shields in the League Cup at Grayfields (2pm kick-off).

After enjoying a winning start to his tenure a fortnight ago when the Ladies ran out 4-2 winners in the SSE FA Cup at Washington, Devon is now targeting more joy back on their own patch this weekend.

A glamour tie against Bolton Wanderers awaits Pools in the next stage of the FA Cup but for now they’re placing that on the backburner as the look to get past old foes South Shields in the League Cup on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s the first time we’ve played at home so I am excited about that,” Devon admitted.

“From what I have heard games between Pools and South Shields have been exciting and can be quite feisty so it’s one to look forward to.

“We want to be very strong in terms of our home form this season so the aim is to get off to a positive start on Sunday and really lay down a marker for the rest of the year.”

Devon has been pleased with the positive response to his arrival as boss during the summer but has admitted that it’s still a work in progress as he looks to find the right blend among his new-look squad.

Several new signings have come in during pre-season to bolster the ranks with Pools once again looking to compete for Premier Division promotion after finishing third and narrowly missing out last term.

“I think a lot of the girls have taken to the changes really well but there is work still to be done.

“I can’t just come in and lay down the law, saying this is how it’s got to be one – I think there has to be some willingness on both sides to find out what fits best for all of us.

“I am sure things will come together during the first three or four weeks of the season but we will keep on tweaking things to try and improve and to give ourselves the best chance of success.”

Devon will be without influential duo Lottie Portas and Jess Dawson for this weekend’s game as the pair both have work commitments.

The game kicks-off at Grayfields Enclosure at 2pm and entry is free for all supporters.

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Match Reports

Women's Team Make League Cup Progress

17 September 2018

Sarah Rowbotham scored the only goal as Hartlepool United’s Women’s Team made it to Round Two of the League Cup with victory over South Shields in a feisty affair at Grayfields on Sunday.

The midfielder converted from a well-worked corner ten minutes before half-time to give Pools the edge and it proved decisive as Craig Devon’s outfit battled to protect their lead.

Shields had actually started the brighter in the game, taking advantage of some early sloppiness from Pools to get on the front foot during the opening twenty minutes.

However, Pools slowly grew in to the game and began to enjoy more possession and were able to get their passing game going as the first half developed.

On 35 minutes Alisha Smith swung in a right-wing corner which found Rowbotham and work on the training ground came to fruition as she diverted the ball home to put Pools in front.

Tempers flared between the two rivals just before the break and the referee had to step in restore order as things threatened to boil over.

Thankfully, the second half was more about the football and both sides knocked the ball around very well to create chances – with both teams hitting the cross bar as they looked for a second goal.

Pools were able to make a couple of substitutions and the fresh legs helped them deal with a late onslaught from their visitors to get over the finish line and book their place in the Second Round.

“Going in to the game we knew what to expect,” explained Devon afterwards.

“They wanted to disrupt the way we play and, in parts of the game, we fell in to that trap and lost our cool and therefore our rhythm.

“But we grabbed the lead, improved our performance and went on to contain South Shields and see the game out. A mixed day all round but we’re through to the next stage which was important.”

Full Time: Pools 1 South Shields 0

Pools: Campbell, Garside, Carter (Bartlett 55), Duffy-Smith, Stuart, Rowbotham, Smith, Robinson, Ingram (Hampson 81), Bates, Pye (Smith 90).

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