Pools played out a goalless draw in their latest pre-season fixture as Livingston held them in a competitive affair at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Craig Hignett once again named a strong side for the game, although there was no Trevor Carson who was nursing a toe injury and Rob Jones (foot) and Jake Orrell (thigh) were also left behind.
It was the hosts who started on the front foot and tested Adam Bartlett twice in the opening stages – the second effort the best from Shaun Byrne but the Pools keeper got across to brilliantly palm it out of his top right-hand corner.
Hignett’s men responded with a couple of forays in to the opposition box but Lewis Alessandra saw a shot blocked by the defender, while both Carl Magnay and Lewis Hawkins fizzed crosses through the box which evaded everyone.
Pools grew in to the game as the half developed and probably finished the opening 45 minutes on top; Hawkins came close to underlining that with a swerving drive from twenty-five yards but it went just wide.
Billy Paynter attempted a shot from the edge of the area which clipped the defender and forced a good finger-tip save from keeper Liam Kelly, while Nicky Deverdics also tested the home shot-stopped with a clipped free-kick from twenty-five yards which needed pushing round the post.
Pools were creating the majority of the chances as the break approached and Paynter was disappointed to not at least hit the target when an in-swinging corner from the right found him in space but he nodded wide of the front post.
Pools made five changes at the break and there were several more on both sides as the second half progressed and failed to produce as many openings as the first.
Some great football involving Liam Donnelly, Josh Laurent and Michael Woods created a chance for the latter but his powerful drive flew over the bar.
Jordan Richards almost nabbed an unlikely goal when he ghosted in at the far post from left-back but, in space, he curled his effort across goal and wide.
Woods did well to drive in to a dangerous area on the right of the penalty box but when he cut the ball back across goal, Matthew Bates couldn’t quite force it in having made a run from the back.
Late on, Kieran Green almost won it with a long-range drive which took a slight deflection off a defender and needed well saving by the home keeper.
However, in the end Pools couldn’t reward their 104 travelling fans with a goal but there was certainly plenty to be taken from another good pre-season workout.
Full Time: Livingston 0 Pools 0
Pools: Bartlett, Magnay (Harrison 46), Donnelly, Nsiala (Bates 46), Carroll (Richards 62), Featherstone (Green 70), Hawkins, Deverdics (Laurent 46), Alessandra (Woods 46), Paynter (Amond 46), Thomas (Oates 62).
313 (104 Poolies)Attendance: