Jake Orrell helped himself to a second half hat-trick as Pools Reserves opened up their Central League Cup campaign with an emphatic win over Bradford City on Tuesday afternoon.
Brad Walker also netted in spectacular fashion and Connor Smith scored at the death as Pools tore in to their visitors in a dominant second half after being largely frustrated during a goalless first period.
Pools could have gone in to an early lead when Jack Blackford slipped the ball through for Connor Smith but the visiting defender got across to block the shot and it deflected up on to the cross bar and to safety.
Both sides were being made to work hard for any kind of clear cut chances but Brad Walker should have made it 1-0 when Smith escaped down the right on the counter-attack and laid the ball low across the box but Walker somehow managed to steer his shot over the bar from close range.
Pools continued to have the better of it in terms of possession and threat as the first half developed and trailist Isaac Assenso came close to making that pay when he forced his way through the City defence only to be denied by alert goalkeeping from George Sykes Kenworthy.
The Bantams did carve out a half chance just before half-time when Vincent Rabiega worked an opening just inside the area but his shot went just wide of Ryan Catterick’s upright.
Pools struck the first blow of the game in the opening stages of the second half when Smith got away down the right to cross for Jake Orrell to head home with less than a minute played.
The half was still only four minutes old when Orrell took advantage of some hesitant defending from City to race on to a long ball over the top, rounded the keeper and make it 2-0 to Pools.
Blackford could have added a third goal 65 minutes when Smith intercepted an attempted City clearance and played it in to the winger but, after jinking round the defenders, his low shot was blocked well by the keeper.
Nat Skidmore looked to announce his arrival as a substitute in some style when he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area but his low left-footed effort was dragged wide of the right-hand post.
On 73 minutes Walker made sure of the victory with a stunning third goal; picking up the ball twenty-five yards out, the midfielder feigned past a defender and then let fly with a ferocious effort which fizzed in to the top corner of the net.
And it was six minutes later when Kieran Green shifted play intelligently to the left where James Martin stormed infield with the ball before slipping it through to Orrell who skipped beyond the defence and forced a shot beyond the keeper to complete his hat-trick.
Liam Travers was close to adding a fifth for rampant Pools following good play by Blackford and Smith down the right but the youngster saw his low shot blocked by the knees of the keeper.
Substitute Travers had another good opportunity when Blackford ghosted in from the left and delivered a teasing cross but this time the front man couldn’t get enough on the header and it went wide.
However, the Bantams' luck was out in injury-time when a cross field pass was collected brilliantly by Smith on the right of the area and he jinked inside to make it 5-0 with the last kick of the match.
Full Time: Pools 5 Bradford City 0
Pools: Catterick, Richardson, Martin, Green, Assenso (Wood 82), Pollock, Smith, Walker (Owen 82), Orrell (Travers 80), Hawkes (Skidmore 68), Blackford.
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