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Loach The Hero As Pools Claim Point

11 November 2017

Scott Loach saved a second half penalty as Pools picked up a useful point on their travels with a goalless draw against Boreham Wood at Meadow Park.

The Pools keeper produced the heroics just after half time to deny Bruno Andrade from the spot and it proved the crucial moment as Craig Harrison’s men worked hard to earn their point.

It was the hosts who got on the front foot in the opening period of the game but they were largely restricted to efforts from long range by a resolute Pools defence.

Top scorer Bruno Andrade was first to try his luck from distance but his powerful drive was well parried away by Scott Loach in the Pools goal.

Blair Turgott found space on the right to deliver a teasing ball across the Pools penalty area but nobody in home colours was close enough to get a decisive touch.

Andrade again had a go from outside the area as Boreham Wood continued to enjoy more possession but again it was routine for Loach down to his right.

Pools sprung forward with their first meaningful attack when Rhys Oates got the ball in to his feet on the right and drove inside before sending a whipped effort just wide of the far post.

Devante Rodney showed great power and determination to storm in to space down the right hand side before delivering a low ball in to the area for Jonathan Franks who spun smartly but saw his left-foot shot charged down by the defender.

Another effort from outside of the penalty area from Dan Holman didn’t carry anywhere near enough power to trouble Loach and he was right behind it to ensure the sides went in all-square at the break.

There was a dramatic start to the second half when Boreham Wood were awarded a penalty just three minutes after Scott Harrison’s challenge on Blair Turgott. However, Loach was the hero once again getting down to his left to deny Bruno Andrade from the spot.

Pools strung together a great move to work the ball inside for Luke George who immediately fed it wide right for Rodney; he went at the full-back before flashing the ball across goal where nobody could quite get a decisive touch and the home side survived.

Pools had Loach to thank again as the game approached the final fifteen minutes as Andrade burst clear of Laing on the left; this time the keeper got down brilliantly to block the shot before the home striker somehow put the rebound wide of the target.

Kane Smith saw a shot deflected just wide from the edge of the area in injury time as Pools were forced to hang on a little but in the end it was a well-earned point in Hertfordshire.

Full Time: Boreham Wood 0 Pools 0

Boreham Wood: G Smith, K Smith, Wells, Stephens, Shakes, Champion, Murtagh, Andrade, Turley, Turgott, Holman (Jeffers 64).
Subs not used: Woodards, Ricketts, Benson, Keita.

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Harrison, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, George, Deverdics (Adeloye 78), Oates (Cassidy 66), Franks, Rodney.
Subs not used: Woods, Newton, Munns.

Booked: Adams (91).

Attendance: 773 (285 Poolies)

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