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Late Franks Goal Seals Win For Pools

7 October 2017

The players celebrate the goal Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
The players celebrate Rhys Oates' goal.

Pools made it two wins in succession with a 2-1 victory over Solihull Moors this afterno

After a quiet first half, Pools got the second half off to the best start with a goal from Rhys Oates. 

Solihull Moors pulled one back from the penalty spot on 85 minutes but Craig Harrison's men weren't done there and a last-minute strike from Jonathan Franks sealed the win. 

Shots on goal were few and far between in a first half that lack real entertainment here at Damson Park.

Wes McDonald had the first chance of the game on nine minutes when he pushed in from the right to take on Scott Loach, but in his attempt to lift the ball over the keeper, McDonald sent his shot wide.

Pools had to be solid at the back and Nicky Deverdics got stuck in to head a cross into the box clear, while Nicky Featherstone got back to clear another.

Darren Carter found himself in space and he tried a shot on the half-volley but watched on as it went over the bar.

Louis Laing cleared well from Courtney Richards, while the defender did well again to block a shot from Afolayan wide.

Pools had their first shot of the game just after the half-hour mark as a Nicky Deverdics freekick made its way to Scott Harrison on the edge of the box. The defender smashed a low effort back at goal but was denied by Nathan Vaughan in the home goal.

Scott Loach was then called into action as the hosts pressed; McDonald got onto the end of a spell of possession to try his luck on goal but the Pools stopper blocked well.

Jonathan Franks sent a corner in from the left that picked out Deverdics on the near side of the box; he tried a flicked effort on goal but it went over the bar.

It was the visitors who had the final of the first-half chances as good work from Afolayan set up George Carline to head on goal but again Loach was equal to it as he pushed it out and the danger was cleared.

After a quiet first-half, Harrison responded by making a double change at the break, with Rhys Oates and Jack Munns coming on and the pair combined almost instantly to give Pools the lead.

Munns did well down the left to get his cross into the box and Oates found himself in the perfect position to put it home to make it 1-0 to Pools on 47 minutes.

As Pools went on to enjoy the better of the early possession, Devante Rodney tried to beat Vaughan with a chipped effort on goal, which was well tipped over by the Solihull keeper.

But there was soon work to be done at the other end and Loach was back in action, this time saving well from a Fiacre Kelleher header.

The Pools stopper was back in action shortly after, this time getting down well to hold a shot from George Carline who had broken into the box from the left.

But just as Pools looked to be dealing well with any threat from Solihull, the match official awarded a penalty kick; Louis Laing challenged sub Richard Brodie just inside the box, with the Solihull man falling to the ground.

The referee was quick to point to the spot and Darren Carter stepped up and sent Loach the wrong way to make it 1-1 from the penalty spot on 85 minutes.

Harrison’s side have shown they don’t give in though and, with five minutes plus stoppage time left – that gave Pools plenty of time to get another goal.

And when Jack Munns sent a deep freekick into the box, it fell to Franks on the right of the goal and he made no mistake as he fired home to make it 2-1 and send the travelling army of 339 Poolies into raptures.

It was another hard-working and determined performance from Pools and another important three points for Harrison's men. 

Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 Pools 2

Attendance: 2685 (339 Pools)

Booked: Magnay (25)

Solihull Moors: Vaughan, Green, Carter, Murombedzi, Afolayan (Brodie 53), Carline, Daly, Kelleher, Campbell, McDonald (Liburd 63), Richards.

Subs Not Used: Bannister, Kettle, Cleary.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison, Deverdics, Featherstone, Hawkins (Munns 46), Woods, Rodney (Adams 76), Thorne (Oates 46), Franks.

Subs Not Used: Richardson, Simpson.


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