Thomas Double Helps Pools To Victory
An injury-time stunner from Nathan Thomas saw Pools come from behind to claim all three points on a dramatic afternoon at Yeovil Town.
The mercurial winger had already levelled things up when he scampered on to Trevor Carson’s perfect ball forward before clinching a dramatic victory with a sensational second goal.
Craig Hignett had opted to make six changes to his starting eleven as Trevor Carson, Toto Nsiala, Rob Jones, Liam Donnelly, Josh Laurent and Lewis Hawkins all came in to start against The Glovers in a new-look 3-5-2 formation.
Pools began with real energy and looked to take the game to their hosts in the opening couple of minutes, Carl Magnay clipping a cross in to the box where Josh Laurent couldn’t get enough power on his shot to trouble keeper Artur Krysiak.
Yeovil shook off their slow start and began to get to grips with Pools’ change in shape; former Pools man Matty Dolan actually had the ball in the net when he looped a high cross in the box which bounced in but the referee spotted a rather obvious foul on Trevor Carson.
Dolan was making things tick for the hosts whenever they were in possession and he fed the dangerous Ryan Hedges just inside the area but his shot was deflected wide.
Kevin Dawson got space to fire on goal but saw his shot blocked for Town, while Nathan Thomas came agonisingly close at the other end when he sent a curling effort from twenty yards just wide.
Town looked most likely to cause problems when the ball was at Hedges’ feet though and when he skipped away from Rob Jones down the right he was able to drive in to the box where his low shot was well blocked by the feet of Carson.
Magnay did well to ensure Nathan Smith could only head a Dolan corner in to the side-netting, while Toto Nsiala threw himself in the way of a powerful Tom Eaves drive moments later and got enough on it to send it wide of the target.
In injury time at the end of the first half Dolan tried his luck from a thirty-yard free-kick but while he got it over the wall and on target it did not have the venom to trouble Carson who gathered it comfortably to his right.
Hignett made a switch during the break as Jones was replaced by Lewis Alessandra and a 4-3-3 formation was adopted for the start of the second half.
And it helped them get on the front foot more in the opening stages as Nathan Thomas hit a long-range shot which was held by the keeper, while the winger also saw another low effort pawed round the post.
However, on 56 minutes it was the home side who struck first. Pools failed to fully clear a corner from the right and left-back Michael Butcher found enough space to twist and shoot from twelve yards and the low shot flew past Carson to make it 1-0.
For a while, The Glovers looked to be on top after the goal but Pools regrouped and were back on level terms eleven minutes later. Quick thinking from Carson saw him launch a ball long towards Thomas who scampered in behind the home defence and drove in to the area to finish confidently past Krysiak.
From then on, Hignett’s men looked the more likely victors; Lewis Alessandra drove a venomous free-kick in to the wall, while moments later the half time substitute did have the ball in the net after following-up Thomas’ long-range drive but he was flagged for offside.
As the minutes ticked on it looked as though both sides had settled for a point – but Thomas had other ideas. Midway through four minutes of injury time the dazzling winger jinked inside from the right before unleashing an unstoppable curling effort across goal and in to the top corner.
The 66 travelling fans were united in celebration at the final whistle as Pools celebrated a fourth win in five visits to Huish Park and firmly drew a line under last week’s heavy defeat at Stevenage.
Full Time: Yeovil Town 1 Pools 2
Booked: Carson (40), Laurent (83), Deverdics (90) Featherstone (90)
Attendance: 2749 (66 Pools)
Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Shephard, Smith, Lacey, Butcher, Dolan, Dawson, Lawless (Whitfield 84), Eaves (McLeod 77), Khan (Campbell 77), Hedges.
Subs Not Used: Mugabi, MAddison, Ezewelle, Copp.
Pools: Carson, Magnay, Nsiala, Harrison, Jones (Alessandra 45), Donnelly, Featherstone, Hawkins (Deverdics 86), Laurent, Thomas, Amond (Fewster 77).
Subs Not Used: Bartlett, Richards, Paynter, Heardman.