Pools eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory during their latest pre-season friendly outing against Dunston UTS on Wednesday evening.After a disappointing 5-3 weekend defeat at Gateshead, Ronnie Moore opted to name a strong side for the visit to The UTS Stadium which was treated to some torrential rain as the teams kicked-off.
Moore’s men took their time settling in to the game with some of the sloppy passing that has too often been a feature of pre-season rearing its head in the early stages.
However, they slowly started to take control of proceedings and Carl Magnay fired a warning shot when his effort from twenty-five yards flashed just wide of the upright.
Rakish Bingham was looking in particularly lively form following his confidence-boosting hat-trick at Gateshead and he tested home keeper Andrew Clark with a low drive along a surface made slick by the heavy rain.
The front man was looking Pools’ most likely scorer and he was denied by the Clark again moments later after Billy Paynter’s clever flick had set him away down the left-hand side.
However, it was third time lucky for Bingham on the half hour mark when Michael Duckworth’s deep cross from the right was nodded back along the six-yard line by Jake Carroll and the striker couldn’t miss from close range.
Nicky Featherstone then increased Pools’ lead after Carl Magnay exchanged passes with Paynter before sending the midfielder through on goal and he finished low under Clark to make it 2-0.
Featherstone proved a threat again just after the break when he found himself in space on the ddge of the box but this time he drilled a low effort just wide of the right-hand post.
It wasn’t long before Pools did increase their lead though; the ball found its way across to the left of the penalty area to Carroll whose crisp drive fizzed in to the bottom corner of the net for 3-0.
Carroll turned provided moments later when he got in down the left but though his cross was expertly brought down on the chest by Magnay his volley grazed the bar on its way over.
There was a rare chance for Dunston when Adam Wilkinson got in to the penalty area but his powerful drive was well parried away by Adam Bartlett and Pools were able to clear.
Scott Fenwick was given a warm reception by home fans as he made his way on to the pitch but it was fellow substitute Rhys Oates who almost added to the scoreline but his thunderous volley smacked against the crossbar.
Another substitute was also looking lively and Kudus Oyenuga could have scored when the referee played a good advantage following a foul on Woods but the winger’s low drive was held by Clark.
And Oyenuga did well again in the final minutes when he surged down the left before exchanging passes with Oates only for his low shot to be pawed away by the keeper.
Full Time: Dunston UTS 0 Pools 3
Pools: Bartlett, Duckworth, Harrison, Worley, Parnaby, Carroll (Oyenuga 62), Magnay (Smith 84), Woods (Bates 73), Featherstone (Walker), Paynter (Oates 65), Bingham (Fenwick 65).
Subs not used: Denton.