Pools Reserves fell to a 2-1 defeat against Gateshead in their Final Third Development League encounter at The International Stadium on Monday afternoon.
The Tynesiders went in front just after the midway point of the first half when some nice football allowed the home side to go in front with a spectacular strike from twenty-five yards.
However, Pools got back in to it when Scott Fenwick got hold of the ball inside the box and was upended – and the front man got to his feet to tuck away the spot-kick to level the scores.
The second half was a pretty even affair but what turned out to be the decisive goal arrived on the hour-mark when Pools failed to defend a wide free-kick to the far post and Gateshead bundled it in.
There were chances for Pools to have got something from the game in the time that remained; Kudus Oyenuga got behind the defence a couple of times but couldn’t pick the right pass, while Josh Nearney almost found the net with a brilliant strike from 35 yards which the keeper just about deflected over the bar.
And in the closing minutes substitute Jordan Jewson escaped in to space in the area but drilled his shot wide from a tight angle.
“We probably deserved a draw but we didn’t make the most of our chances,” admitted John Hewitson after the game.
“There was some sloppy defending for their second goal which was disappointing but it was a decent performance overall and it’s a bit frustrating we have nothing to show for it.”
Full Time: Gateshead 2 Pools 1
Pools: Dawson, Nearney, Turnbull, Worley, D Jones, Blackford (Jewson 60), Green, Smith, Fenwick, Oyenuga, Nelson-Addy.
Catterick, Skidmore, Elliott, Richardson.Subs not used: