Pools Lose Out Again At The Vic
It was another disappointing afternoon at Victoria Park as Pools lost out to the only goal of the game and Cheltenham Town took the points home with them.
Colin Cooper’s side failed to really find their stride throughout the game and, despite flashes of promise, it was the visitors who snatched it with a second-half strike.
The lively opening to this game was as good as it got in a frustrating first half here at The Vic as neither team really took hold of the match.
Pools were on the attack from the off, winning their first corner within the first two minutes of the game but after some good pressure inside the box, the ball was cleared.
Jack Barmby tried his luck with a shot from just inside the area after good work from Jack Compton in the build-up but the on-loan forward was denied by Scott Brown in the home goal.
Cheltenham were pushing forward just minutes later and Sam Collins had to be on alert as he denied Billy Daniels with a strong challenge inside the area.
Despite a bright opening ten minutes though, with flashes of promise at both ends, the remainder of the first half proved to be more scrappy, with neither team showing enough to assert their authority.
Scott Flinders made a couple of comfortable saves to deny Daniels, while at the other end Brown did the same with an effort from Brad Walker.
Pools saw enough of the ball but failed to find any real spark inside the final third to threaten the deadlock. Cooper’s men carried out most of their work down the left with Darren Holden finding himself with a great deal of possession and he linked up well with
Compton without finding that crucial ball in.
Scott Flinders held a decent strike from Mitch Brundle before collecting a Jermaine McGlashan effort from close range.
Again, these saves were matched at the other end as Brown held another effort Barmby in a half that swung evenly from each end.
Pools started the second half slowly and Cheltenham went desperately close to opening the scoring just after the re-start as Billy Daniels crashed a shot against the post before Sam Collins was able to clear the danger.
The busy Holden got himself involved in the attack as he tried to swing things Pools’ way but after his determined run saw his final shot blocked, Luke James sent the loose ball over the bar.
With the hour mark arriving, the second half had so proved as flat as the first, with s series of misplaced passes from both teams but nothing to break through on goal.
Jack Compton did have a great chance to put Pools ahead just after this though after good build-up play from Pools but after arriving to meet a chipped cross from Franks, Compton sent his header the wrong side of the near post.
Compton then picked up a great ball over the top to square it in for the arriving Franks but he found his on-target effort blocked well by Michael Ikiekwe inside the box.
The brief spell of Pools’ pressure passed once more as the game fell into a flat spell, which was broken only when the visitors took the lead.
With Pools struggling to get the ball out of their own area, Simo Jombati sent a ball back into the danger area and Jermaine McGlashan beat Holden to it at the far post to squeeze home and make it 1-0.
James Poole latched onto a neat cross in from Compton to send a shot on goal but his effort squeezed through a crowd to go just wide of the far post.
Cooper’s side did put pressure on the Cheltenham goal in the dying minutes, with Lewis Hawkins testing the visiting back line with a couple of teasing crosses into the area.
Christian Burgess saw a couple of shots blocked as the defender added his weight to the attack but there was no late leveller for Pools and Cheltenham Town took the three points.
Full Time: Pools 0 Cheltenham Town 1
Booked: Barmby (37)
Attendance: 3328 (104 Cheltenham Town)
Pools: Flinders, Duckworth, Collins, Burgess, Holden, Walton, Walker (Hawkins 81), Compton, Barmby (Poole 57), Franks (Rutherford 84), James
Subs Not Used: Rafferty, Jones, Rowbotham, Richards
Cheltenham Town: S Brown, Brundle, T Brown, Ihiekwe, Jombati, Richards, Noble (Taylor 86), Deering, Daniels, McGlashan, Harrison (Gornell 90)
Subs Not Used: Cureton, Roberts, Kotwica, Vincent, Braham-Barrett