Pools Make Progress In FA Cup
Craig Hignett’s side ensured it is their name that will be in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Stamford.
Pools controlled the game throughout and, though the goals came late in the game, they did arrive and it was the league side who won the tie.
Pools dominated the first-half of this FA Cup First Round tie, with the large majority of the 45 minutes being played around the Stamford goal.
But for all of the possession and a growing number of chances, there were no first-half goals to warm the home fans on a cold afternoon at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
While the first quarter of an hour had seen no real chances on goal, Pools upped the pressure and began to ask more questions of the visiting defence.
Jordan Richards opened things up down the right, cutting first one way then the next to force his way into the box for a shot on goal. His effort was well-saved by Sam Donkin in the Stanford goal and Pools won their first corner.
Nicky Deverdics was next to try his luck on goal, but he watched on as his looping effort hit against the crossbar.
Deverdics sent a lovely ball over the top for Padraig Amond to pick up but as he collected the ball to run into the box, he was shoved to the floor. The resulting freekick was cleared out by a hard-working Stamford.
Michael Woods, who was heavily involved for Pools, played Amond through on goal from the left but the striker had the ball stolen from his path as he prepared a shot.
Richards had a great cross headed out by Chris Salt, while Josh Laurent was denied by Sam Donkin with an effort from close range.
Stamford had a brief spell of pressure at the end of the first half, with Kern Miller going closest as he sent a low drive just wide of the far post after the visitors broke down the right.
Matthew Bates slotted back into the defence with ease and put in a great block to take possession away from Sam Hill inside the box.
The visitors dug in to contain Pools and they did this well in the first half, frustrating Pools in their attempts on goal in the first half.
Hignett’s side started the second half strongly, looking determined to get a quick goal.
There was another shot from Josh Laurent, this time from the edge of the box, but his effort went just wide of the post, while Richards saw his freekick again saved by Donkin.
Pools finally got their breakthrough in the 65th minute; Nicky Deverdics was upended as he lifted a ball into the box. The referee gave a freekick, which Deverdics took himself and he made no mistake with a perfectly-placed effort that missed the wall and hit the back of the net.
Trevor Carson had his first real save to make just after the goal as Stamford won a freekick at the other end but the Pools keeper reacted well as he collected the effort from Jake Duffy.
Pools continued to dominate the game and made it 2-0 on 83 minutes when Jordan Richards sent a volley at goal which took a big deflection off defender Lee Beeson on its way in.
It was 3-0 just after as Billy Paynter came off the bench to wrap up the scoring; the Club skipper met a cross into the box with one of his trademark headers which left Donkin with no chance as hit the back of the net.
Pools were rewarded in the end for a patient approach to the game. They dominated throughout and got the goals the performance deserved to seal progression to the Second Round of the FA Cup.
Full Time: Pools 3 Stamford AFC 0
Attendance: 2461 (505 Stamford)
Pools: Carson, Richards, Nsiala, Bates, Carroll, Featherstone (Orrell 86), Laurent, Woods (Hawkins 80), Alessandra (Paynter 81), Amond, Deverdics.
Subs Not Used: Bartlett, Martin, Harrison, Walker.
Stamford: Donkin, Gordon, Challinor, Hill, Salt, Miller (Robbins 63), Beeson, Duffy, Smith, Brown (Sandy 60), Luto (King 71).
Subs Not Used: Batchelor, Hartley, Brown-Hill, McMillan