Pools suffered their second successive pre-season friendly defeat as Whitby Town came from behind to earn a 2-1 victory at The Turnbull Ground
Andy Rafferty was the busier of the keepers early on and made a collection of smart saves, most notably from Craig Farrell when the striker burst through one-on-one only for the keeper to tip it over the bar.
Pools’ first effort came from an unlikely source when Dan Jones got forward to good effect but the left-back’s well struck shot was saved by the keeper.
Luke James curled an effort over the bar after good work from the impressive Lewis Hawkins, while Connor Smith came even closer when his placed effort was tipped round the post after some good football in the build-up.
Jonathan Franks whipped an effort just too high before Whitby’s Lee Mason came closest yet to open the scoring when his drilled shot deflected agonisingly wide of the top corner.
Pools responded in kind though and Smith saw his swerving effort just beat the post as the game continued to swing one way then the other.
Colin Cooper’s men eventually took the lead six minutes before the break when a well=executed corner from the right saw Hawkins tee-up Smith who produced a guided finish in to the bottom corner from sixteen yards.
However, the hosts responded almost instantly to get back on level terms when Chris Lynch found enough space to send a low effort in to the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Town then went on to score what would be the crucial goal ten minutes after the restart. Pools failed to deal with a free-kick in from the right and it fell loose to Lynch who drilled it in to the net.
After that Pools dominated proceedings in terms of possession but rarely looked like bringing themselves back on level terms against a determined Whitby side.
The introduction of Marlon Harewood gave a little bit of a spark and he almost provided a chance for Hawkins but some good defending at the front post meant his shot was well blocked.
In terms of a workout Colin Cooper will be pleased once again given many of his players got ninety minutes under their belts but he will be less satisfied with the result, and the second half display.
Full Time: Whitby Town 2 Pools 1
Pools: Rafferty (Flinders 46), Richards, Jones, Rowbotham, Collins, Nearney, Hawkins, Miller (Green 46), James (Harewood 79), Franks (Compton 79), Smith.
Subs not used: Bates, Austin, Duckworth, Parnaby, Holden, Walker.