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Pools Keep Pre-Season On Track

14 July 2015

Pools recorded their second successive victory of pre-season as a goal in each half secured a 2-0 win over Harrogate Railway at Station View on Tuesday night.

Pools got off to a bright start and were on the front foot in the early stages, earning their reward when Lewis Hawkins drove forward positively and drilled in the opening goal on seven minutes.

It could even have been 2-0 moments later when Josh Nearney stepped out of defence to thread a lovely ball through to Rakish Bingham but the hosts’ keeper Jim Goodwin went across to his left to brilliantly deny the Pools striker.

Matthew Bates joined the attack for a right-wing corner but although the delivery was good, the Pools defender headed his effort just too high.

The home side threatened to get back in to the game, taking advantage of some sloppy defending from Pools to create a couple of presentable chances but neither were taken.

Hawkins was inches away from netting his second of the night when the ball fell loose on the edge of the area after positive work from Nearney but the powerful shot fizzed just wide.

Brad Walker almost added the two goals he scored against Billingham Town on Monday when he latched on to Hawkins’ cross from the right but The Rail defender got across to block his goalbound drive.

After once again changing his entire team at the break, Ronnie Moore watched his new look line-up start the second half with real positivity; Billy Paynter almost underlined that with a second goal but his prodded effort from Leon Dawson’s left-wing cross was saved by Goodwin.

Bell then got some space on the right and hung a cross up to Scott Fenwick at the far post but his volley was also clawed away by keeper Goodwin, leaving the Pools striker claiming the ball had already crossed the line.

Bell dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box before Paynter spun skilfully twenty yards out and fired another good effort which drew an excellent save from the home side’s busy stopper.

Paynter slapped another shot just wide from distance before Johnny Giles came closest of all when his left-footed strike was clawed out of the top corner by Goodwin.

However, the hosts’ gloveman had no answer when Stuart Parnaby’s precise ball over the top freed Scott Fenwick who skilfully lobbed it over Goodwin’s head and in to the net for 2-0 on 73 minutes.

The ony setback on the night was a spate of late injuries – with Dawson forced off only for his replacement Nat Skidmore to injure a shoulder before Harry Worley went off with a calf injury.

Full Time: Harrogate Railway 0 Pools 2

Pools First Half: Carson, Richards, Bates, Nearney, Oyenuga, Featherstone, Carroll, Hawkins, Walker, Bingham, Smith.

Pools Second Half: Bartlett, Duckworth, Worley (Nearney 82), Parnaby, Green, Bell, Nelson-Addy, Dawson (Skidmore 66 (Blackford 76)), Giles, Fenwick, Paynter.

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