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Pools Snatch Victory At The Death

3 October 2017

Michael Woods scores the winner. Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press.
Michael Woods heads home the winner in the 97th minute.

A 97th minute goal from Michael Woods saw Pools take all three points from tonight's match with Barrow at The Vic.

Both sides had their spells of pressure throughout the evening but Pools got the goal that counted right at the end of added time. 

Barrow striker Bedsente Gomis was the first to try a shot on goal as he fired a strike in from the edge of the box that went high over Scott Loach’s goal.

In a slow start to the game, Pools tried to add some early spark with a new routine from a corner kick; Ryan Donaldson sent the ball in low from the left which picked out Nicky Deverdics at the near post. He sent the shot in at the near post but found Joel Dixon in his way as the visiting keeper collected the effort.

Devante Rodney ran onto a ball over the top to feed the ball out to Donaldson on the right but, with Jonathan Franks waiting for the cross in the box, the ball was intercepted and the danger cleared.

Michael Woods had a few efforts on goal in the first half; the midfielder first curled a low shot that went just wide of the near post before flicking a shot over the bar from close range just after.

The two Barrow strikers of Byron Harrison and Jordan White were a handful for the Pools defence who faced a real physical battle each time the ball came towards them.

And Harrison found himself in a good position to shoot as he latched onto a ball over the top but, with just Loach to beat, the front man fired high over the bar.

Carl Magnay latched onto a Rodney layoff in the mid-point of the half but he watched his drive go wide at the far post.

Woods was back in the action again later in the half, this time drilling an effort at goal from outside the area but his strike also went wide.

With Pools probably edging things in the first half, Deverdics tried again with another effort, this time linking up well with Woods before pulling an acrobatic save from Dixon with his shot.

There were few chances in the opening minutes of the second half but it was Barrow who saw more of the ball early on.

Louis Laing got up on the hour mark to put pressure on from a corner and the defender did well to head it back in at the far post but Rodney couldn’t get enough on it to test Dixon.

Woods was involved again just after, this time crossing from the right to try and pick out Rhys Oates at the far post but despite the striker’s best efforts, the ball was just too high.

Pools were upping the pressure though and were on top for a spell, seeing plenty of the ball around the box, without doing too much to really threaten Dixon in the visiting goal.

Barrow were soon enjoying their own spell of possession though and there was some hard work to be done at the other end.

Scott Loach pulled off a good save to deny former Pools man Dan Jones with a testing freekick, while Nicky Featherstone reacted quickest to nod a Liam Hughes effort away from the line from the following corner.

Following a lengthy delay due to an issue with the officials, Pools were back defending their goal and there was yet another good save from Loach to deny a goal, before some frantic defending kept the rebound out.

Byron Harrison then got the ball in a decent position 12 yards out but sent his effort wide before Pools went on the attack and Jonathan Franks saw his shot crash against the base of the post and back out.

And just as it looked as though Pools were going to have to settle for a point, Michael Woods found that killer touch to seal the win; a great delivery from Nicky Deverdics from a corner picked out the hard-working midfielder and he powered a header home to make it 1-0.

Full Time: Pools 1 Barrow 0

Attendance: 3082 (102 Barrow)

Booked: (Rodney 58)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison, Deverdics, Featherstone, Hawkins, Woods, Donaldson (Oates 28), Rodney (Munns 66), Franks.
Subs Not Used: Adams,Thorne, Simpson.

Barrow: Dixon, Barthram, Jones, Dunne, Thompson, Diagne, Harvey, Hughes, Gomis, White, Harrison.
Subs Not Used: Moore, Bauress, Panayiotou, Bignot, Makoma. 

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