Pools Reserves booked their place in Round Three of the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday evening with a solid victory over Ryhope CW at Billingham Town.
After a slow start to the game, the victory was rarely in doubt after Pools forged in front on the quarter-hour mark; an excellent switch of play gave Connor Smith the space to swing a ball in from the right and Brad Walker arrived to turn it home.
Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as Pools produced a very similar passage of play to feed the ball out to Smith and this time his cross was diverted in to the net by one of the retreating Ryhope defenders.
Sam Collins’ men now had firm control of the game and they made their passage to the next stage of the competition secure when Dylan Elliott slipped a lovely ball through for Jake Orrell and he drove through on goal and dinked a cute finish over the keeper for 3-0.
“It was a pretty good performance overall,” admitted Collins afterwards.
“I thought we started quite slowly but once we got in to our rhythm we played some good stuff and thoroughly deserved the win.
“It was good for our young players to come up against men who have experience playing the game even though they’re at a different level to us.
“Compared to the last round against Tow Law it was a big improvement in terms of not getting caught up in what the opposition were trying to do.
“We got loads and loads of the ball and played at a really high tempo so I was very pleased with all of them.”
Full Time: Pools 3 Ryhope CW 0
Pools: Dudzinski, Richardson, Pollock, Wise, Martin, Smith, Elliott (Wood 80), Walker (Hawkes 60), Blackford, Skidmore, Orrell (Travers 60).
Catterick, Turnbull.Subs not used: