A young Pools side were beaten 2-0 by Spennymoor Town on Friday night in a pre-season friendly played at Billingham Town.
The Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit ran out deserved winners at The Evolution Arena, as a goal in each half was enough to secure them the victory.
Some nervous play at the back from Pools in the early stages allowed Spennymoor to get on the front foot; Glen Taylor had a great chance to put them in front but blasted his effort high over the bar.
However, despite controlling much of the first period, it took The Brewers until the stroke of half time to score the opener when defender James Curtis got up highest at a corner to head home.
As usual in pre-season friendlies, both sides made plenty of substitutions during the second half but it was Spennymoor who continued to carve out the better of the opportunities.
Mark Anderson came close to making it 2-0 when his swift turn gave him the chance to shoot on goal but he saw his effort come back off the post.
Young Pools keeper Ben Dudzinski had to be alert moments later when he got down well to make a smart save to prevent Jamie Chandler from scoring The Moors’ second goal.
However, with ten minutes remaining Spennymoor did make sure of their victory when Anderson found space in the box to convert after incisive play down the left.
Full Time: Spennymoor Town 2 Pools 0
Pools: Dudzinski, Nearney (Richardson 75), Pollock (Trialist A 46), Colquhoun, Martin, Walker, Elliott (Trialist C 60), Smith (Skidmore 46), Blackford, Dover, Suddock.
Turnbull, Trialist B.Subs not used: