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Number Cruncher: Maidstone United

4 September 2017

Connor Simpson Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Connor Simpson soars to score against Maidstone United

We've taken a look at the vital statistics to come out of Saturday's thrilling win over Maidstone United at Victoria Park.

The crowd of 4,137 was Pools’ biggest of the season so far, eclipsing the 3,954 which watched the opening game of the campaign against Dover Athletic. Saturday’s attendance was also the second largest in the National League over the weekend, only Leyton Orient (4,323) attracted more fans.

Connor Simpson’s goal saw him become the first player born in the 21st century to score a senior goal for Pools. He was born in January 2000.

Historically, 2nd September has not been a lucky date for Pools. You have to go back to 1978 for the last time we won on that date – that came courtesy of a Bob Newton penalty in a 1-0 triumph at Bournemouth. Pools have played on 2nd September five times since, losing four and drawing one.

It’s some 30 games ago that a defender scored a goal for Pools – the last occasion was when Scott Harrison found the net during a 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley in January.

Keith Watson’s goal in the 19th minute of Saturday’s game was the first time Pools have scored in the first half of any fixture so far this season. Jonathan Franks’ 49th-minute winner at Guiseley was the earliest goal netted by Pools prior to the Scottish defender’s strike.

Connor Simpson became the youngest player to score a senior goal for Pools since Luke James. Simpson was 17 years and 221 days when he soared above the Maidstone defence to score that towering header on Saturday. James was just 17 years and 64 days when he netted against Rochdale in January 2012. Brad Walker was 17 years and 240 days when he scored his first goal in December 2013 against Burton Albion.

No fewer than four of Pools’ seven goals so far this season have come from headers. Jake Cassidy has notched both of his goals with his head, while Jonathan Franks and Connor Simpson used their heads to score in Saturday’s win over Maidstone.

It’s the first time Pools have scored three goals in a game since the 3-1 win over Exeter City in March. Only two of the players who started in that game also started on Saturday – Nicky Featherstone and Michael Woods.

It’s the first time that Pools have won two games in a row since the end of February going in to March when they enjoyed back-to-back victories over Crewe Alexandra and Exeter City.

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