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Reserves Beaten By Early Goal

17 April 2013

Pools Reserves were beaten by a single goal as their four-game unbeaten run was brought to an end by Hull City at Victoria Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Will Aimson grabbed the all-important goal from with less than ten minutes on the clock and it was an early blow from which Pools struggled to recover.

The Tigers' centre-back reacted quickest after Pools failed to deal with a looping left-wing corner to stab past Andy Rafferty from close range.

Strong wind played a part as City enjoyed the upper-hand in the opening period, Aimson coming close to doubling the advantage but fired over at the back post. 

Daniel Emerton could have increased the visitors' lead on the stroke of half time when he strode inside from the right but his left-footed shot was held low by Andy Rafferty. 

Micky Barron's young side improved after the break and were unlucky not to get back on level terms as they created the greater share of the second half chances. 

Greg Rutherford saw a shot from the edge of the box held by Hull keeper Mark Oxley, while Nathan Luscome also draw a save from the stopper from a direct free-kick. 

Rutherford then turned provider with some persistent play on the edge of the box to tee up Lewis Green, but the young midfielder's stroked effort was well palmed away by Oxley. 

With three minutes remaining Rutherford could have levelled things after Zak Boagey burst the byline and tucked it back for his strike partner only for Oxley to come to City's rescue once more. 

At the other end, the away side almost sealed their win when Daniel Chambers crashed a drive off the underside of the cross bar. 

"I think the conditions played a part because we struggled in the first half and Hull struggled in the second," Barron reflected afterwards. 

"We asked the boys to improve after the break and they responded well; the change of shape helped us a little bit and we got on the ball and passed it more. 

"It was a shame we couldn't quite find the end product to some good play because I thought a draw was maybe a fair result today." 

Full Time: Pools 0 Hull City 1 

Pools: Rafferty, Brown, Rowbotham, Luscombe, Buddle, Jones, Mitchinson (Walker 55), Hawkins, Rutherford, Green, Boagey. 
Halpin, Bridges, Turner, Scott.Subs not used:

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