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Pools Come From Behind To Take The Win

16 September 2017

Jonathan Franks Steve Morris, Shutter Press
Jonathan Franks celebrates his goal at Leyton Orient

Pools made it four wins in five, and five without defeat as they came from behind to beat Leyton Orient 2-1 at Brisbane Road this afternoon.

Goals from Jonathan Franks and Rhys Oates sealed a big win for Craig Harrison’s side and ensured Pools keep that momentum going.

Pools were straight into action as Jonathan Franks had a chance almost from the off, which he sliced wide of goal, while both Carl Magnay and Rhys Oates also tested their luck inside the first ten minutes.

But it was Orient who went on to dominate much of the first half, with their front two of David Mooney and Macauley Bonne proving a real threat.

With Pools looking a little less assured than in recent games, Orient looked more direct and saw much more of the ball in the final third.

Scott Loach made a comfortable save from Bonne on the quarter-hour but the hosts upped their pressure and the goal came on 19 minutes.

There was another shot from Mooney which was again well saved by Loach, but Jobi McAnuff picked up the rebound as he ran in and smashed the ball into the empty net to make it 1-0.

Bonne almost made it 2-0 shortly after the goal, as he picked up a ball from the left to smash an effort towards the target but he could only watch on as it cannoned against the post.

Jake Caprice sent a brilliant ball into the box from the right as Orient looked to add to their tally but again Loach made a great save from Mooney who met the cross with an arm.

Michael Ledger put in a good block to deny Joe Widdowson who pushed into the box to get on the end of a decent move from the hosts late in the half.

But that wasn’t the last of the action before the break as Pools had the final say; a Nicky Deverdics freekick was put back in by Hawkins and then nodded on neatly by Watson for in-form Jonathan Franks who smashed a volley past Grainger to make it 1-1.

It was a great boost for Pools going into the break and the players were clearly still full of confidence early in the second half.

Harrison’s men got the second period off to the best possible start; Nicky Deverdics sent the perfect delivery in from a free-kick on the right which gave Rhys Oates the chance to send a header past Charlie Grainger and it was 2-1.

Ryan Donaldson had a shot from distance that went just wide of target, while at the other end, Jamie Sendles-White got into a great position but mis-kicked his effort over the bar.

Scott Loach touched a McAnuff free-kick over the bar before Josh Koroma had the ball in the back of the net for Orient – fortunately the linesman spotted the offside though and his effort was ruled out.

It was a much more organised and solid second-half display from Pools and, while there were some nervy moments in the five minutes of added time, Harrison’s side stuck in for the win to make to five games unbeaten.

Full Time: Leyton Orient 1 Pools 2

Attendance: 3687 (208 Pools)

Leyton Orient: Grainger, Caprixe, Sendles-White, Happe, Widdowson, Lawless, Clay (Ochieng 79), Koroma (Boco 86), McAnuff, Mooney (Dalby 65), Bonne.
Subs Not Used: Sargeant, Clark.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Ledger, Watson (Laing 90), Deverdics, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Donaldson, Oates (Rodney 70), Franks.
Subs Not Used: Donnelly, Newton, Munns.


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