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Pools Hit By Early Blow At Yeovil

10 November 2012

Pools remain bottom of the table after slipping to a slender 1-0 defeat at Yeovil Town despite being the better side for large parts of the game at Huish Park.

The run of games without a win stretched to sixteen but it could have been much different had Pools made more of their superiority during a one-sided second half. 

The hosts started by far the brighter and hung on to the ball much better than Pools in the early stages with Micky Barron's only able to repel their attacks by hacking it clear towards Steve Howard. 

However, too often it was coming back at them and when Sam Foley burst in to the clear on the left side of the box with seven minutes on the clock he whipped a cross in to the box where Joe Edwards got there to prod a ball past the wrong-footed Scott Flinders at the front post. 

Gary Johnson's side continued to do the majority of the pressing after the early goal and perhaps should have grabbed a second when the ball fell loose to midfielder Daniel Johnson but he was stretching to volley and sent his effort over the bar. 

At the other end, the closest Pools came during a forgettable first period was when former Glovers loan man Jonathan Franks burst purposefully towards Town's penalty area but scuffed his left-footed shot through to keeper Marek Stech. 

Pools began the second half with more purpose and Simon Walton let fly with an effort from long range which was just too high to test Stech. 

At the other end, Yeovil responded when Edwards took advantage of being given possession on the right but his curling left-footed shot just didn't come back enough and went wide of the target. 

Walton then whipped a left-wing corner in to the box which slipped through Stech's fingers and fell loose to Hartley at the back post but the centre-back dragged his effort wide of the target. 

Fellow defender Sam Collins was next come close but as the ball bounced around dangerously six yards from goal it was taken off his toe as he prepared to ram it home from close range. 

Poole was next to try his luck when he chased on to Frank's flick-on but despite making good contact with the volley it looped just wide of the left upright. 

The home side's supporters were getting more anxious with every Pools attack and they had only a wild volley from substitute Keanu Marsh-Brown that flew wide to show for their efforts at Micky Barron's men dominated. 

Franks' deep cross to the far post was nodded square by Steve Howard but Sweeney's header was plucked out of the air by Stech as it looked set to loop in to the top corner. 

The dangerous Poole got free down the right and his misplaced cross almost turned in to a fortuitous goal when it dropped agonisingly too high and grazed the roof of the net on its way over. 

It was a moment which summed up the lack of luck which Pools are playing with - but if they continue to string together performances like this in the second half then plenty of hope will remain that they can clamber from the foot of the table. 

Full Time: Yeovil Town 1 Pools 0

Booked: Sweeney (29), Howard (55), Austin (82)

Att: 3095 (56 Pools)

Yeovil Town: Stech; Ayling, Webster, Burn, McAllister; Edwards, Smith, Johnson, Foley (Reid 79) Madden, Hayter (Marsh-Brown 64)
Subs Not Used: Stewart, Haynes-Brown, Williams, Hinds.

Pools: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Hartley, Austin, Murray (Luscombe 86), Walton, Sweeney, Poole, Franks (Wyke 81), Howard.
Subs Not Used:McHugh, Humphreys, Holden, Horwood, Baldwin.

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