Win Fires Pools To Eighth
Goals from Luke James and Luke Williams, along with an own goal, saw Pools pick up all three points against Newport County with a big performance at The Vic this afternoon.
While the visitors enjoyed plenty of the ball, Colin Cooper’s side were solid and professional throughout and deserved victory.
Newport County probably saw more of the ball in the opening half but it was Pools who took the advantage on the scoresheet.
David Pipe was first to test his luck on goal with a strike from outside the area but his shot went wide of target, while it was Christian Burgess who was first up to test Elliott Parish at the other end.
The Pools defender showed a lovely touch to skip past two players and send an ambitious strike in from 40 yards but his effort scraped over the bar.
While the opening minutes of the game were more even, it was the visitors who were first to take hold of proceedings as they went on to dominate for a decent spell.
Pipe was a threat down the right, offering good support out wide and Shaun Jeffers and Rene Howe caused problems in the centre with his constant movement. Despite their pressure though, Scott Flinders was not called into action and was able to rely on his back line to clear any danger.
Both Christian Burgess and Sam Collins were in dominant mood and both put in crucial challenged to deny Newport – with Collins putting in an impressive block to somehow deny Ryan Burge from opening the scoring.
Pools took this near-miss as a spur to burst forward themselves, with a lovely cross from Jordan Richards aimed in for Luke James only to just miss the arriving striker
But Simon Walton had not given up on the chance and he showed great determination to chase the loose ball down and send it back into the box where James showed a fantastic turn and shot to beat Parish and make it 1-0 on 40 minutes.
Christian Burgess got an impressive last-gasp tackle in to deny Burge a quick equaliser as Pools took the lead into the break.
There was a scrappy start to the second half but the lead was doubled with less than ten minutes played; a Simon Walton corner from the left caused problems for the visiting defence and Andy Sandell sent the ball past his own keeper to give Pools a 2-goal lead.
Sandell tried to make quick amends as he unleashed a fierce strike from 30 yards but his effort lopped wide of Flinder’s post.
Pools were then faced with another decent spell from the visitors, as Newport threw everything forward looking for a response. Again though, the Welsh outfit saw plenty of the ball but failed to create anything of real note to test Flinders.
While it was far from a pretty performance from Pools, they were doing all they had to in order to hold onto the two-goal advantage.
Sam Collins again lead by example at the back, throwing himself in the way of numerous crosses and winning everything in the air – and his fellow defenders followed suit.
Pools had a few chances of their own with subs Jack Barmby and Jonathan Franks both trying their luck in what was a hard-working display from Cooper’s side.
And the game finished on a real high as Luke Williams rounded off the scoring with a great goal; the on-loan forward nutmegged a defender before swapping passes with Monkhouse and firing home.
A well-earned victory for Pools, the third successive clean sheet and another three points that see Pools climb up to 8th position in the League Two table
Full Time: Pools 3 Newport County 0.
Booked: Holden (22), Harewood (23), Walker (49)
Att: 3470 (127 Newport County)
Pools: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden, Walton, Walker, Williams, Monkhouse, Harewood (Barmby 72), James (Franks 87)
Subs Not Used: Rafferty, Duckworth, Sweeney, Poole, Compton
Newport County: Parish, Pipe (Zebroski 72), Chapman, Minshull (Porter 62), Willmott, Sandell, Jeffers (Jolley 71), Burge, Naylor, Worley, Howe
Subs Not Used: Hughes, Crow, Jackson, Jolley, Thompson