James And Barmby Seal Victory For Pools
Pools ended a run of three defeats with a 2-0 win over York City at The Vic - with late goals from Luke James and Jack Barmby sealing the points.
It was a tight game for much of the afternoon but, after seeing more of the possession throughout the game, Pools got their rewards late in the game.
York City started the brighter of the two teams this afternoon and tested Pools with some good early pressure.
Both teams had to get to grips with the poor weather conditions, with swirling wind and rain affecting play throughout the first half.
By the tenth minute of the game, Pools had started to enjoy more of the ball as Luke James went through on the keeper only to be denied as Nick Pope closed down to block his shot.
Andy Monkhouse was next up to try his luck but his shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide of target.
Pools did actually have the ball in the back of the net on 17 minutes but Marlon Harewood’s effort was ruled out by the raised flag of the Assistant Referee.
Michael Coulson broke down the left to cut in a shoot from an angle but his shot found the side netting and the York winger created another chance later on which this time saw Josh Carson shoot wide.
Despite a few chances at both ends in this first half, there was little fluidity to the game as neither side were able to enjoy decent spells of possession.
A cross from Neil Austin gave Pools the chance to snatch the lead in what was quite a scrappy first half but Andy Monkhouse’s effort flashed across goal and out at the far post and the half finished goalless.
York started the second half as brightly as they had first, with Scott Flinders denying Jarvis with a shot from close range in the opening minute.
Neil Austin blocked bravely as Coulson was again causing problems inside the box for the visitors to again deny York an early goal.
Luke Williams had his first shot on 48 minutes when he tried to beat Pope from a tight angle but the York stopper got down to hold it.
The chance did signal the start of more pressure from Pools, with a few corners and Holden long throws doing enough to lift the volume inside The Vic.
Luke Williams broke well for Pools on the counter, pushing forward with break and the loan man played it perfectly into the path of Luke James but his final ball sailed across goal unchallenged as the striker was closed down.
The second half failed to provide any real flow from either side but it was Pools who saw more of the ball overall, just breaking down in the final third.
But York City did hold a threat on the break and, after Christian Burgess had blocked off the line, Keith Lowe somehow missed the target from six yards, sending his effort high over the bar.
The introduction of Jack Barmby gave Pools a real lift, as his quick feet and clever movement gave the visiting defence a new test, and it was a freekick won by the Manchester United man that lead to the opener.
The breakthrough arrived on 82 minutes, much to the relief of everyone in blue and white; a Simon Walton ball into the box was headed calmly back down by Jack Baldwin and the lively Luke James picked it up to send it back through the area and into the back of the net.
Less than ten minutes later and Barmby marked his Football League debut in real style as he unleashed a fantastic strike which beat the keeper from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 and sent the home fans into wild celebrations.
The substitutions really gave Pools the lift they needed in this second half and in the end, Pools were worthy winners and picked up a crucial three points ahead of a busy week.
Full Time: Pools 2 York City 0.
Att: 4673 (956 York City)
Booked: Walker (32), Burgess (37)
Pools: Flinders, Austin, Baldwin, Burgess, Holden, Walton, Williams, Monkhouse (Barmby 78), Walker, Harewood (Franks 68), James
Rafferty, Collins, Sweeney, Compton, RodneySubs Not Used:
York City: Pope, Oyebanjo, Davies, McGurk, Coulson, Fletcher, Penn, Carson, Montrose, Lowe, Bowman (Jarvis 29 (McCombe 85))
Subs Not Used: Smith, Jarvis, Platt, Ingham, Dickinson, Reed