Colin Cooper's side lost 1-0 at Bury on a night when the hosts enjoyed the larger share of possession and Pools failed to really get going.
A goal from former Pools’ man Daniel Nardiello was enough to see Bury take all three points on a disappointing night at the JD Stadium.
Bury were first to try their luck on goal this evening as former Poolie Tommy Milller flicked a header at goal which was held comfortably by Scott Flinders.
And the Pools keeper made that a theme for the first half, dealing well with whatever the hosts had to throw at him as they enjoyed more of the possession before the break.
Daniel Nardiello, who was the main threat for Bury this evening, nipped his way past Michael Duckworth to go through on goal but his chipped effort found only Flinders’ hands.
Nardiello, another former Pools’ man on show this evening, was the main outlet for Bury and everything good came through him down the left flank.
Pools had a few sniffs around goal in the opening twenty, with James Poole again looking tricky, but there was nothing to really test Brian Jensen in the Bury goal.
It was Poole who had the only real shot on goal for Pools in the first half as he tried a volley from just inside the area but a big deflection sent it straight into the arms of Jensen.
At the other end a Nardiello strike from 30 yards was again held by Flinders, as the big keeper remained on top of that particular battle.
As the half wore on Pools began to pass it around a bit more with Jonathan Franks offering space down the left but again, there was nothing to threaten the deadlock.
Bury went closest to opening the scoring just before half time when Chris Sedgwick sent a lovely cross in from the left which picked out Craig Jones at the far post but he sent his effort the wrong side of the post and the teams went in all square at the break.
Just three minutes after the re-start and Bury had their goal and, unsurprisingly, it came from Nardiello.
The on-loan forward picked up the ball from a throw to turn quickly and send a snapshot across goal and into the far corner of the net.
And Bury remained on top after their goal, pushing Pools back and refusing to let the defence rest and Christian Burgess put in a couple of important blocks to keep the hosts out.
With the hosts enjoying a sustained spell of pressure and Pools struggling to get over the half-way line, Cooper made a double change, introducing Jordan Richards and Brad Walker to the action.
Pools were in real need of a spark to lift them back into the game as Bury continued to press and an equaliser looked unlikely. In fact, a goal at the other end looked more likely as Tom Soares sent one wide from close range and then Nathan Cameron headed over from a corner.
With less than five minutes left, Pools showed a glimpse of what they can offer as Luke James burst down the left, lifting the ball over his man to ping a ball into the box. The cross was put over for a corner but it was the best move so far for Pools.
The chance signalled the start of a brief positive spell for Pools but there was no late leveller and Bury took the points.
Full Time: Bury 1 Pools 0
Att: 1998 (191 Pools)
Bury: Jensen, Beeley, Cameron (Hinds 87), Jones, Miller, Sedgwick, Nardiello (Harrad 80), Soares, Howell, Hylton, Edjenguele
Subs Not Used: Holden, Mayor, Reindorf, Navas, Lainton
Pools: Flinders, Duckworth, Baldwin, Burgess, Austin, Franks (Rodney 76), Walton, Dolan (Walker 65), Compton (Richards 65), Poole,James
Rafferty, Collins, Holden, SweeneySubs Not Used: