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Pools Still Waiting For First Win

19 August 2017

Nicky Deverdics Steve Morris, Shutter Press
Nicky Deverdics battles for the ball.

Pools were left waiting for their first win of the new season as Bromley continued their unbeaten start with a 2-0 win over Craig Harrison’s men at Hayes Lane.

A goal in each half was enough to consign Pools to defeat on their first-ever visit to Bromley as the struggle to acclimatise to life in the National League rumbled on for another week.

Harrison opted to utilise Jake Cassidy as a lone striker with Ryan Donaldson and Nicky Deverdics providing support from the wings. Liam Donnelly was handed the holding role which allowed Nicky Featherstone and Conor Newton to be partners further forward in midfield.

Jonathan Franks was on the bench after international clearance was received in time following his return to Victoria Park earlier in the week.

It was a cagey start from both sides, with neither creating much in the way of clear cut chances in the opening quarter of an hour.

Pools began to look the more comfortable side as things developed and a good move freed Jake Cassidy down the left but his cross was well cut out by Bromley as danger loomed in the middle.

The front man was proving a handful for the home defence and he won a knockdown from a right-wing corner which set up first Liam Donnelly and then Louis Laing for shots on goal but both were well blocked.

Bromley’s first attempt of note came out of nothing when Louis Dennis let fly with a long-distance half volley which just didn’t dip enough to trouble Scott Loach.

With nine minutes of the first half remaining the hosts strung together their first move of quality and it paid off – the ball was worked in to the box for Dennis and his shot deflected back across the face of goal where Josh Rees was on hand to prod home his third goal of the season.

Nicky Deverdics produced an opening for Pools with a classy drop of the shoulder on the edge of the area but Cassidy got his shot all wrong and it flew well wide.

After controlling the opening half hour, things unravelled for Pools in the final fifteen minutes of the first half – summed up when Laing was forced to go off with a hamstring injury. Jonathan Franks was his replacement, coming on to make his second debut for the Club.

Pools almost got off to the perfect start in the second half when Cassidy found Franks in space on the left; the winger delivered a great cross in to the arriving Conor Newton but he fired a shot agonisingly wide.

Blair Adams then jinked his way brilliantly towards the edge of the box before drilling a great effort towards goal but unfortunately the shot grazed the post with keeper David Gregory looking beaten.

Bromley provided a warning that they still carried a threat at the other end when Adam Mekki slipped the ball through for Dennis but his low cross was blazed over from close range by Rees to let Pools off the hook.

Pools did fall further on 59 minutes when they gave up possession too easily on the half way line and Bromley bombed forward. Loach did well to parry an initial effort from Mekki but was powerless to stop a rasping volley from Luke Wanadio on the follow-up as it flew in to the top corner. Pools weren’t happy about the goal, given they had been appealing for the referee to stop the game with Donnelly down injured inside the penalty area in the build-up.

Dennis came close to adding a third for the hosts shortly afterwards but his shot from 25 yards flew just wide, while Wanadio was even more unlucky with another fine strike from the edge of the area which had Loach beaten but came back off the post.

Substitute Devante Rodney could have nodded Pools back in to contention when he got on the end of Franks’ delivery from the left but his effort was off target.

It took a great clearance from Donnelly on the goal-line at the other end to prevent the Ravens extending their lead, the defender was in the right place to clear after great work from Frankie Sutherland down the right.

In the end it was an afternoon of more frustration for Pools and their 170-strong following at Hayes Lane and they will hope for better when they welcome AFC Fylde to The Vic in seven days time.

Full Time: Bromley 2 Pools 0

Bromley: Gregory, Rees, Chorley, Holland, Dennis (Raymond 87), Mekki, Wynter, Sterling, Wanadio, Porter (Williams 75), Sutherland.
Subs not used: Dunne, Allen, Johnson.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing (Franks 42), Harrison, Adams, Donnelly, Donaldson, Featherstone, Newton, Deverdics (Rodney 67), Cassidy.
Subs not used: Woods, Hawkins, Munns.

Booked: Cassidy, Featherstone.

Attendance: 1,709 (170 Pools fans)

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