All Square At The Vic
Pools made it six games unbeaten at The Vic after playing out a 0-0 draw with Play-Off hopefuls Yeovil Town.
And while John Hughes’ men worked hard to earn the point, it makes it just two points from two big home matches this week.
Pools look confident as the game began and gave the visitors an early test with some heavy pressure inside the first five minutes.
Ritchie Humphreys was strong to force the visitors right back into their own half, putting pressure on the Yeovil keeper Marek Stech and, with the lively James Poole lurking, the keeper was forced into a hasty clearance.
Evan Horwood was bright down the left to push the ball infield to Poole but the forward’s quick turn and strike but his effort was blocked. And Poole hit another good strike on goal just moments later but this time he saw the ball scrape wide of the post.
But as Pools' pressure eased, Yeovil Town began to grow into the game and started to show the confidence of a team involved in a Play-Off push.
Hughes’ men were worked hard in spells by the visitors, with the back line having to mop up on numerous occasions – in-form striker Paddy Madden proving the biggest threat to the deadlock.
It was Madden who went closest to opening the scoring in the first half when he picked up possession in the right corner of the 18-yard box to send a shot at goal. With everyone else beaten, the woodwork came to the rescue for Pools, with Madden’s strike crashing against the crossbar before bouncing on the line and back into play.
James Poole remained Pools’ main target man, pulling a couple of solid saves out of Stech and providing an outlet for Hughes’ side when pushing forward.
As they had started the half on top, Pools finished it and Ritchie Humphreys marked the end of the first forty-five with a great strike from 30 yards; the midfielder sent a decent effort at goal with the outside of his left boot only to see it scrape wide of the post.
The second half started off quite evenly, with both teams looking capable of taking the lead in a so-far tight affair.
But after early openings at both ends, Yeovil went on to enjoy a strong spell of pressure, throwing waves of attack Pools’ way. Both Hartley and Collins had to be, and were, strong as they threw themselves into every challenge to keep the ball out.
The impressive Hartley intercepted a cross in from Dawson on the left as his side began to show signs of nerves and Yeovil looked to take advantage.
It was all a little too frantic for Pools as the visitors kept coming at them in numbers, while any movement at the other end was quickly forced out for long spells.
Flinders saved from Madden at one end but, with 10 minutes left on the clock, Pools were starting to see a bit more of the ball and began pressing the visiting defence.
John Hughes introduced Antony Sweeney to the game with less than ten minutes on the clock and the midfielder went close to grabbing that much-needed goal with his first touch.
Ritchie Humphreys set the sub away on goal and, with the defenders caught out, Sweeney ran in on goal to send an effort on target but Stech got enough on the ball to send it just wide.
Pools enjoyed a strong finish to the game but despite looking desperately for a crucial goal, there was just no way through for the second match in succession.
And so Pools had to settle for another point, a result that extends the unbeaten home run to six games but does not give Hughes’ side the boost they were hoping for in the fight for survival.
Pools now travel to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night for what is another massive game for the Club.
Full Time: Pools 0 Yeovil Town 0
Booked: Monkhouse (68), Walton (69)
Att: 3633 (157 Yeovil Town)
Pools: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Walton, Humphreys, Luscombe (Monkhouse 64), Franks (Sweeney 82), Wyke, Poole (Howard 64)
Subs Not Used: McHugh, Holden, Rutherford, James
Yeovil Town: Stech, Ayling, McAllister, Webster, Upson, Hayter (Flectcher 77) , Foley (Williams 16), Madden, Burn, Edwards, Dawson (Young 82)
: Hinds, Blizzard, Stewart, RalphSubs Not Used