Pools shrugged off the disappointment of their FA Youth Cup exit by ramming four unanswered goals past Doncaster Rovers in their return to league action on Saturday.
John Hewitson’s men were clearly still stinging from last Tuesday’s cup defeat to Fleetwood Town and weekend visitors Rovers paid the price as Pools let out some frustration on the Yorkshire outfit.
The home side began the game with a good tempo but it took until the twenty-minute mark to make their dominance pay when Jordan Jewson nodded in Jack Blackford’s inch-perfect cross.
An opening goal was just what Pools needed and they made it 2-0 four minutes later when Jack Turnbull’s ball found Liam Travers and he intelligently laid it in to the path of Fraser Briggs who smashed home from twenty yards.
In a one-sided first half Pools could really have extended their advantage further but they had to wait until just after the hour mark for more joy – this time Blackford got his name on the scoresheet with a neat finish.
And with twenty minutes remaining Pools made absolutely certain of the points as Jewson helped himself to his second goal of the game, driving a shot in to the top corner from twenty-five yards after some good link-up play on the right.
Rovers had an opportunity to grab a consolation goal late on but keeper James Dawson was in no mood to surrender his clean sheet and made a wonderful save as the visiting striker went through one-on-one.
“It was a terrific response from the players and just what we asked of them,” admitted Hewitson.
“The performance against Fleetwood was out of character for us but we were much more like our ordinary selves on Saturday and we need to build on that victory.
“It could, and probably should, have been a bigger win but we were just delighted with the way the lads went about it and that’s the standard they need to maintain for the rest of the season now.”
Full Time: Pools 4 Doncaster Rovers 0
Pools: Dawson, Turnbull, Varga, Howes, Briggs, Elliott, Hawkes (Wood 88), Richardson, Blackford, Jewson, Travers.
Catterick, Fielding, Male, Cunningham.Subs not used: