Our review of the past campaign moves in to November when Pools struggled to maintain their form from the previous month.
There was mixed news on the first day of the new month as skipper Carl Magnay was ruled out for at least a month after being told he needed hernia surgery.
However, the Club’s young guns provided some cheer later in the evening when they defeated Chester at Victoria Park to continue their progress in the FA Youth Cup.
There was further good news a couple of days later when it was announced that Craig Harrison had been named as the National League’s Manager of the Month for September.
The main FA Cup completion took the limelight as the week wore on with Pools on the road to League Two outfit Morecambe and tickets were being snapped up quickly to ensure Harrison’s men would be backed by a bumper following at The Globe Arena.
The game got off to the worst possible start though when Kevin Ellison opened the scoring for the hosts after just four minutes and two more goals after the break killed the tie – though the non-stop singing from the packed away end belied the nature of the 3-0 defeat.
Pools were much more robust at the back in their following game at Boreham Wood. Wearing a one-off poppy shirt in aid of the British Legion, Harrison’s men were thankful to a second half penalty save from Scott Loach as they drew 0-0.
A return to home soil was next up as Aldershot Town were the visitors but a below-par performance led to another defeat as a goal at the end of the first half was followed up with one at the end of the second to secure the visitors three points.
Three days later there as the perfect opportunity for a response when FC Halifax Town rolled in to town – and Pools took it with both hands. A blistering start to the game saw Pools 3-0 up inside 31 minutes as Nicky Deverdics, Liam Donnelly and Rhys Oates all found the net, before Conor Newton rounded off the scoring with a fourth at the death.
Honorary President Jeff Stelling made the headlines in the days following the win over Halifax when he was named as Just Giving’s Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year in tribute to his incredible efforts for Prostate Cancer UK.
Back on the pitch Pools finished the month poorly. Unable to build on the midweek victory, they were beaten 3-0 at Ebbsfleet United with Harrison scratching his head over the inconsistency of his side.
Again, there was joy for some of the Club’s younger players at the end of November. First the Under 16s defeated Shrewsbury Town to land a place in a National Final before the Youth Team won at Carlisle United to secure a dream tie against Liverpool at The Vic.
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