Pools were given a tough workout against a bright Scunthorpe United side at The Vic this evening.
Former Pools loan man Luke Williams was the first to try his luck on goal when he unleashed a powerful strike from distance which went high of Trevor Carson’s goal.
It was 1-0 to the visitors on ten minutes after an attempted Scott Harrison back heel was intercepted and played in for Williams who in turn fed Paddy Madden and the Iron striker sent a decent strike past Carson and into the back of the net.
The visitors and Madden doubled their tally just six minutes later; a great cross in from Jordan Clarke on the right picked out Madden and he made no mistake with a powerful header to make it 2-0.
At the other end, a subdued Pools went closest when Billy Paynter met a Nicky Featherstone corner to head over Joseph Anyon but his effort hit the bar and bounced the wrong side of the line.
Scunthorpe went close to a third goal when Madden robbed Dan Jones down the right to cross into the box for Tom Hopper but he misplaced his shot and sent it wide of Carson’s goal.
Jake Carroll had a decent run forward as half-time approached but his final ball in to Rakish Bingham was intercepted and the chance was cleared.
Scunthorpe started the second half strongest again and made it 3-0 within ten minutes; a Luke Williams freekick on the edge of the box went through the wall, wrong-footing Carson and into his net on 53 minutes.
And the fourth arrived shortly after with Paddy Madden getting his hat-trick; a loose pass by Harry Worley was picked up by Madden who saw his first effort saved by Carson only to send the rebound back into the net to make it 4-0.
Rakish Bingham went close to getting one back for Pools just after the hour mark; he was played in by Matthew Bates who surged forward to pick out the striker but, after pushing into the box, Bingham saw his low drive hit off the far post and roll back into play.
Scunthorpe made nine changes shortly after and the game became more disjointed, with few chances at either end.
The game finished 4-0 to the visitors but Ronnie Moore saw some of his players get through their first 90 minutes of pre-season against a lively League One outfit.
Full Time: Pools 0 Scunthorpe United 4
Pools: Carson, Magnay, Harrison, Worley, Jones, Carroll (Whittle 75), Bates (Woods 65), Featherstone, Walker, Bingham (Fenwick 65), Paynter (Oates 65).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Richards, Parnaby, Nelson-Addy, Smith.
Scunthorpe United: Anyon, Wiseman, Laird, Canavan, Williams, Madden, Dawson, King, Hopper, Ness (Bishop 21), Clarke.
Subs (65 mins): Ledger, McAllister, McSheffrey, Van Veen, Wootton, Boyle, Mirfin, Syers, Assenso.