Pools Reserves suffered a terrible defeat to Notts County at Billingham Town on Tuesday afternoon as the rampant Magpies ran-out 10-2 winners in the Final Third Development League.
However, the visitors proved whatever Pools could do they could do too when they equalised in almost identical fashion on six minutes – Yohan Rutty-Smith tore away down the left and provided a low cross in to Jimmy Spencer who fired home.
And County went in front three minutes later when a well-weighted ball over the top found Spencer who lobbed the ball around Denton before finishing in to the empty net.
With seventeen minutes on the clock The Magpies increased their lead to 3-1 when Nicky Wroe drove a free-kick on goal from twenty-five yards which took a deflection to wrong-foot Peter Denton and find the corner of the net.
Pools’ problems worsened immediately after losing the third goal when they were also forced in to a change as Harry Worley went off injured to be replaced by Scott Howes.
County sensed an opportunity to take advantage of Pools after the change and they scored a fourth goal minutes later when Rutty-Smith’s determined run saw the ball fall loose for Spencer who drilled the ball past Denton low to make it 4-1.
Filip Valencic was getting forward from midfield to cause problems for Pools and was only denied the fifth goal by a smart Denton save, while Rhys Sharpe saw his effort from the edge of the box deflected over.
Pools were in disarray at the back and the visitors were cutting them open at will; Hawkins misplaced pass set them on their way again but Denton finger-tipped Valencic’s drive over the bar.
It was only brief respite for Pools though because from the resultant right-wing corner Jordan Aghatise was free to head home and make it 5-1 at the far post.
County weren’t finished there and Spencer was again given far too much time on the left corner of the penalty area and measured a wonderful curling shot in to the top corner to make it 6-1.
The Magpies didn’t look like they were ready to end the scoring there and came out full of energy after the break; Denton made a wonderful save from Wroe’s powerful free-kick in the opening minutes.
Not that it mattered; because County took the resultant corner quickly and the cross from the right was nodded home by Rutty Smith as the visitors went 7-1 in front.
Jordan Jewson got in and fired a shot at goal which was saved, while Fenwick also did well to turn and shoot on goal but again County keeper Scott Loach was equal to it.
And that brief rallying period was snuffed out when the visitors ran up the other end to make it 8-1; clever play by Sharpe set-up full-back Luther Wildin who forced it past Denton at the front post.
Wroe came close to adding a ninth goal when he scampered clear on a long ball through the middle but his deflected shot spun away to safety off the base of the post.
Jewson was adding energy to the Pools attack and could have pulled one back in the closing stagres but his drive stung the palm of Loach and rebounded away from goal.
Predictably, County showed Pools how finishing should be done moments later when Valencic made it nine with a shot which cannoned in off the inside of the post.
Oyenuga smashed home a goal for Pools with the final kick of the game - but it hardly brought any consolation on a woeful afternoon for the Reserves.
Full Time: Pools 2 Notts County 10
Pools: Denton, Nearney, Worley (Howes 21), Cunningham (Wood 46), Dawson, Williams (Jewson 33), Abbott, Oyenuga, Bucco (Elliott 80), Fenwick.
Subs not used: Dawson.