Hartlepool United Ladies strengthened their position in the Durham FA Women’s League on Sunday with an emphatic 7-0 win over Consett Belles at Hartlepool Power Station.
The victory means that Andy Stuart’s side continued their 100% record for the campaign, moving second in the table and seven points behind Bishop Auckland Ladies with six games in hand.
Sunday’s game was a welcome return to grass after a period on plastic following the recent bad weather and Pools made the most of it by turning in a dominant display.
Robyn Ingram smashed home the first goal direct from a free-kick on ten minutes before Jussy Robinson helped herself to a second four minutes later when she drilled home from inside the box.
The influential Robinson was to take centre-stage by completing a first half hat-trick, converting goals on 40 and 43 minutes before another from Emily Stuart gave Pools a 5-0 lead at the break.
After a few half time substitutions, the second half was a little more even but Katie Ord made it 6-0 with a nicely-placed header and Holly Robertson scored from the penalty spot to add more gloss to the win.
“It was a powerful performance from the girls overall,” admitted Stuart afterwards.
“You have to give credit to Consett though because they had a young team out there but they kept their heads up and showed good character right through to the final whistle.”
Meanwhile, Pools have been drawn away at Chester-le-Street Town Ladies in the semi-finals of the Durham County Cup with the tie due to be played on Sunday 21st February (1.30pm).
Full Time: Hartlepool United Ladies 7 Consett Belles 0
Robertson, Bartlett (Ingold 46), Ord, Stuart (Henderson 46), Bates, Lambert (Corner 46), Smith, Rowbotham, Robinson, Ingram (Pye 55), Cowan (Hammond-Garrington (60).Pools: