Pools got back to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Woking at Victoria Park this afternoon.
It was just the respite Pools fans needed this week as Craig Harrison’s side put on a strong display to pick up three much-needed points.
After a quiet opening to the game, Scott Loach was the first of the two keepers called into action as he made a smart save to deny Anthony Cook from close range on 13 minutes.
Louis Laing picked out Rhys Oates high up field with a perfectly-weighted ball and the forward pushed on to win his side a corner. Michael Woods sent the resulting corner into the box where Laing popped up again, this time heading high over the bar.
With 19 minutes played, Pools made it 1-0; Devante Rodney picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box, took a lovely double touch and sent a decent strike past Nathan Baxter and into the back of the net.
Scott Loach was solid for Pools at the other end, commanding his area well to get up a take hold of a successive corner kicks through a crowd.
Rodney was involved in Pools next attack, breaking with pace down the left to force his side forward; while his final ball was blocked, the move ended with a shot from Blair Adams which was saved by Baxter at the near post.
Pools got the second goal just after the half hour mark and what a goal it was. Woods sent a corner in from the left which picked out Jake Cassidy in space in the area and the striker turned well before blasting an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net to make it 2-0.
Kane Ferdinand should have pulled one back for the visitors on 43 minutes when he got through on goal but the midfielder fired high over the bar.
And then came Pools’ third of the first half as a ball in from the right picked out Rhys Oates in the box. He showed good strength in the aerial challenge with Baxter and forced his header over the line to make it 3-0.
Scott Loach pulled off another strong save just before the break, going out at full stretch to palm away a freekick as Pools took the three-goal lead into the second half.
There were early chances at both ends after the break, with Grego-Cox heading wide from close range for the visitors and Jake Cassidy seeing a real thunderbolt tipped over the bar by Baxter.
Adams played the ball up for Rodney, setting the forward running into the box but, after forcing his way into a great shooting position, Rodney sent his final effort over the bar.
The game lacked as much bite for much of the second half, with fewer chances at both ends of the pitch but it was Pools who were largely in control.
The visitors grabbed one back on 85 minutes through Reece Grego-Cox and then, inside the five minutes of added time made it 3-2 through Jonathan Edwards.
The goals made for a more tense finish than the game deserved but Pools earned the win this afternoon, their first in eleven games and Harrison will now be looking for his side to build on this display in Tuesday night’s trip to Halifax Town.
Full Time: Pools 3 Woking 2
Booked: Laing (4), Featherstone (73)
Attendance: 3018 (85 Woking)
Pools: Loach, George (Hawkins 85), Laing, Harrison, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Rodney, Cassidy, Oates (Hawkes 90).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Pritchard, Owen.
Woking: Baxter, Young, Ralph, Staunton, Orlu, Lathrope (Jones 57), Ferdinand (Isaac 73), Carter, Banton (Edwards 66), Cook, Grego-Cox.
Subs Not Used: Saraiva, Appau.