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Barron's Side Lose Out To Latics

11 September 2012

Pools lost out 2-1 to Oldham Athletic in this afternoon's Reserve Team match

Micky Barron's side took an early lead in the game but were pegged back by the hosts who went on to snatch victory after the break. 

Pools started the game strongest, with good work by both Luke James and Simon Walton in the opening minutes. 

And the opener came after ten minutes when a long ball to Greg Rutherford was flicked on for James who had a shot. He saw his strike saved by the keeper but Ritchie Humphreys was on hand to put the rebound into the bottom corner to make it 1-0. 

Oldham were level within ten minutes when Pools gave possession of the ball away on the half way line, allowing the hosts to run through and send a deflected effort past Adam McHugh, who had no chance of saving. 

There were further chances for Pools in the first half with Nathan Luscombe, Simon Walton and triallist Joe Tait all testing the home keeper. 

The two teams went in all square at half time but it didn't take Oldham long after the re-start to take the lead; the Latics' right winger cut inside, skipped past a couple of Pools' players and sent the ball into the bottom corner of the net. 

 Barron's side had a couple of half chances to draw level, with Humphreys sending a shot over the bar and Jordan Richards sending a header over but it was not to be and the game finished 2-1. 

"For the first 20 minutes, I thought we did well," Barron told hartlepoolunited.co.uk. 

"We passed the ball well and created a couple of chances and we could have scored a couple more goals. 

"But after Oldham scored, we lost our way and got sloppy in possession. 

"The younger lads were lacking the quality we needed on the ball this afternoon and that was disappointing." 

Full Time: Oldham Athletic 2 Pools 1 

Pools: McHugh, Richards, Tait, Johnson, Holden, Rowbotham (Hedley), Walton, Humphreys, Luscombe, James, Rutherford
Subs Not Used: Hawkins, Buddle, Green

Oldham Athletic: Jacob, Jones, Truelove, Nelson, Belezika, Clarke, Sutherland, Mellor, Taylor, Baxter, Hughes 
McIntosh, Coleman, Pritchard, WandlessSubs:

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