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Featherstone Strike Makes It Three Wins For Pools

27 August 2018

Nicky Featherstone Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
The players celebrate Featherstone's goal

Pools made it three wins in succession with a 1-0 victory over Chesterfield at The Super 6 Stadium this afternoon.

It was a real battling performance from Matthew Bates's side against a hard-working Chesterfield outfit but Pools were worthy winners in this Bank Holiday fixture.

Nicky Featherstone scored another great goal on 17 minutes to give Pools the lead and Chesterfield could not find their way through a resolute eleven to snatch an equaliser and Bates's side took the points.

It took Pools a few minutes to really get going but once they did, Chesterfield struggled to deal with the pace of the front two in particular.

And on 17 minutes, Pools took the lead and once again it came in style; Luke James did well in the build-up, taking his time down the right to pick out the right cross. And when he spotted Nicky Featherstone arriving to the edge of the area, he released the ball and Featherstone unleashed a real thunderbolt which sailed through the box and into the bottom far corner.

Pools were rampant following the goal and could easily have had another couple of quick-fire goals.

Great work by the unplayable Niko Muir set up Michael Woods to fire in a shot from inside the area but, with the keeper beaten, the shot scraped just wide of the post.

Ryan Donaldson lifted a lovely cross into the box from the right that found Mark Kitching in space at the far post. Kitching got up well to meet the cross but watched his header go just wide of target.

Martin Allen responded to the dominance of Pools by changing things around and replacing defender Will Evans with sub Kyel Reid and switching formation.

The change eased the pressure for the visitors, who finished the half strongly. Scott Loach had a couple of saves to make before the break, firstly blocking an effort from Hines from close range and then pulling off a great stop to prevent a Muggleton strike from outside the box from creeping in.

Sub Reid smashed an effort at goal late in the half but Pools were standing firm and Peter Kioso took the full force of the shot as he threw himself in its path to deflect the ball wide.

Chesterfield came out strongly again for the second half as Pools faced a fight to hold on to the lead. There was plenty of defending for Bates’s side to do but the back line were solid and put in some strong challenges.

After facing plenty of pressure at the other end, Pools remained a real threat going forward and had a couple of chances around the hour mark to double the lead.

More good work from James set up Muir on the edge of the box, he poked the ball through for Woods to run in on but Spireites defender Michael Nelson slid in to get a touch and put it just wide of his own goal.

Peter Kioso did well to win the ball in the air and then nod it down into the path of Muir; the lively striker powered an effort at goal which went narrowly wide of the far post.

Pools put together some great football for their next opening in a move that swept down the left before going out to Donaldson on the opposite side but his final shot was blocked by Muggleton.

Myles Anderson got in well to intercept a cross into the box from Zavon Hines; with a line of orange shirts behind him waiting to pounce, the Pools defender slid in to get just the touch that was needed for Loach to collect.

With the action switching from one end to the other, Scott Loach blocked a thunderous effort from Reid before Luke James was cut down while in full stride on the attack.

There was a real edge to the game in this second half, with both sets of players throwing everything into the action in search of the next goal.

Carl Magnay put in an important challenge inside the four minutes of added time to block out a late strike from the visitors as both teams took the aciton into the final seconds. 

Pools picked up the three points with a great determined display to make it three wins in a row. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Chesterfield 0 

Attendance: 3773 (471 Chesterfield)

Booked: James (30), Kioso (51)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson, Featherstone, Woods (McLaughlin 74), Noble, Kitching, James, Muir (Dinanga 90).
Subs Not Used: Laing, Newton, Cassidy.

Chesterfield: Burton, Hines, Hollis, Weir (Fortune 60), Nelson, Rowley, Talbot, Evans (Reid 33), Weston, Ugwu, Muggleton (Shaw 75).
Subs Not Used: Barry, Maguire.

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