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Pools Back To Winning Ways

21 November 2017

Pools got back to winning ways with a confident display and a 4-0 win over Halifax Town at The Vic this evening.

First-half goals from Nicky Deverdics, Liam Donnelly and Rhys Oates and a late strike from Conor Newton secured the win for Craig Harrison's men on an entertaining evening for home fans. 

The Pools boss had promised a reaction to Saturday's defeat to Aldershot Town from his players and they gave just that this evening.

Pools got off to the perfect start this evening as the newly-blond Nicky Deverdics opened the scoring after just four minutes.

Deverdics, who was left back again this evening, played a one-two with Michael Woods on the edge of the area before skipping into the box and sending the ball past Sam Johnson to make it 1-0.

Just three minutes later and it was 2-0; Rhys Oates showed real determination to battle away and force himself into the box, where he was bundled over by the defender. The referee pointed straight to the spot and Liam Donnelly stepped up to take the penalty kick. And, the defender made no mistake with a cool finish past Johnson to make it 2-0 with his first ever goal for the Club.

Scott Loach was the unlikely source of the next attempt on goal as he sent a goal kick high up field, which evaded the attentions of everybody except the Halifax keeper who was forced to rush back and push it away from goal as it looked to be heading over the line.

With a two-goal cushion, Pools were in confident mood and passed the ball about with precision, keeping the home fans entertained.

With 20 minutes gone, Louis Laing decided to add his input to the attack as he powered forward with the ball, skipping past a few challenges before being felled just outside the box. Deverdics took the resulting freekick but saw his effort blocked out by the wall.

With half an hour played, Pools made it 3-0 after more good work by Woods in the build-up. The midfielder made a surging run towards goal before picking out Rhys Oates running in from the left – the striker then made no mistake as he calmly sent the ball past Johnson and into the far corner of the net.

While Halifax Town offered little in the way of a threat in the first half, their main outlet was Josh MacDonald on the right wing. He sent a good cross into the box which picked out Tom Denton but the tall striker sent his header into the arms of Loach. Denton had another headed effort but this time nodded wide of target from a good position.

Nicky Deverdics was back on freekick duty late in the half, this time from a wider position and it was another good one as his effort beat the wall and the keeper but was denied by the crossbar as it crashed against the woodwork and back into play.

Liam Donnelly was involved in two early attacks for Pools in the second half, drawing fouls from the defender on both occasions and winning freekicks in dangerous positions.

The first from wide right was flashed wide by Deverdics from a tight angle, while the second went further wide of the far post but the left back remained a threat for Pools with every effort.

Sub Tomi Adeloye tried to mark his introduction to the game in style, firing in a low drive on goal from 20 yards out. His effort took a slight deflection and was held by Johnson but it was a confident start on his home debut.

At the other end, Laing put in a great block from a Denton shot to stop the shot, which then deflected back into the arms of Loach as Pools looked just as determined to keep things tight at the back.

While Pools didn’t offer the same level of goal threat in the second half, they looked comfortable throughout and were hardly troubled by tonight's visitors.

And Harrison's men put the icing on the cake in the 89th minute as Oates and Woods combined to set up Conor Newton to score his first goal for the Club to make it 4-0 to Pools. 

Full Time: Pools 4 FC Halifax Town 0

Booked: Donnelly (85)

Attendance: 2755 (136 Halifax Town)

Pools: Loach, Donnelly, Laing, Harrison, Deverdics (Ledger 81), Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Rodney (Adeloye 61), Cassidy (Munns 80), Oates.
Subs Not Used: George, Hawkins.

Halifax Town: Johnson, Clackstone, Wilde, Garner, Hotte, Denton, MacDonald, Batty (Morgan 75), McManus, Oliver (Moyo 63), Middleton (Clarke 43).
Subs Not Used: Nicholson, Waring. 


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