Pools Reserves made it through to Round Two of the Durham Challenge Cup by defeating Willington 5-0 at Billingham Town on Wednesday night.
The Pools starting eleven was a mixture of youth and experience, with Alan Tate included in the heart of defence as he remains on trial with the Club.
There were a string of chances for Pools to take the lead early on but Ebby Nelson-Addy saw a shot deflected over and Kudus Oyenuga dragged another effort wide as the visitors came under pressure.
The deadlock was broken by Scott Fenwick who steered the ball home from close range after good work from Dylan Elliott to set up the front man.
Connor Smith scuffed a volley just wide of target and Oyenuga failed to take advantage of several more openings before Elliott made it 2-0 just before the break with a neat left-footed finish.
Winger Oyenuga finally got his reward after the restart when he blasted home the third goal of the night and Smith made it 4-0 from the edge of the box.
The scoring was rounded off when Oyenuga’s long-range effort took a deflection and found the net, and he could even have completed his hat-trick late on but fired over.
“It was a good win and it could have been by a much wider margin if we’d made the most of our chances,” explained John Hewitson afterwards.
“The lads put in a solid enough performance though and we’re pleased to get through to the next round and get another win under our belts.”
Full Time: Pools 5 Willington 0
Pools: Bartlett, Varga, Turnbull, Tate, Howes, Elliott (Blackford), Wood, Nelson-Addy, Smith, Fenwick, Oyenuga.
Dawson, Briggs, Cunningham, Jewson.Subs not used: