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Pools Beat Bromley At The Vic

27 March 2018

Pools v Bromley Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press.
The players congratulate Josh Hawkes on his goal.

Pools made it back-to-back victories for the first time since October with a 2-1 win over Bromley at The Vic this evening.

Goals from Josh Hawkes on his full debut and Michael Woods secured another important victory for Matthew Bates’s side.

Luke Wanadio had an early shot for Bromley, firing in a low effort from just inside the area that went wide of the near post but that was the nearest the visitors got to goal until the stroke of half time.

Pools dominated the majority of the first half, playing some positive, attacking football and keeping the visitors busy at the other end of the pitch.

Blair Adams was in teasing form for Pools down the left, whipping in a succession of dangerous crosses, before going for goal himself with a decent effort that went wide of the near post. Josh

Hawkes, making his full debut this evening, earned himself applause just before the tenth minute as he showed composure to help out at the back.

But just moments later the midfielder earned himself loud cheers from the home fans as he fired Pools ahead with a great shot from distance. While his effort took a deflection on its way in, the young midfielder showed confidence and vision as he put his team 1-0 up on ten minutes.

Adams was responsible for the next real chance on goal as he whipped a dangerous freekick in from the right that was just inches from picking out Rhys Oates arriving in the six yard box – but Bromley keeper David Gregory was just able to snatch the ball away from the striker’s head.

Pools were putting Bromley under some real pressure for a spell, and could well have had another goal with the level of possession in the first half.

Oates turned really well 25 yards out on goal before firing a shot at goal which rose over the bar as Pools looked for that second goal.

Just before half time, Adam Mekki got in to see a deflected effort go just wide of Scott Loach’s left-hand post with the visitor’s best chance so far.

But with the one minute of added time underway, Bromley put a move together and grabbed the equaliser; a corner in from the left was bundled over the line by Josh Rees to make things all square going into the break.

While Bromley started the second half brightly, Pools were soon back on the attack as Jake Cassidy saw his headed effort deflected out for a corner.

A Cassidy cross into the box had Gregory worried but the Bromley stopper recovered in time to collect the ball, while the striker was back causing problems shortly after – this time seeing his effort deflected onto the roof of the net with a shot from the left of the area.

Pools were ahead again just after the hour mark as Adams crossed into the box from the left for Devante Rodney who nodded it down nicely for Michael Woods who made no mistake as he powered home past Gregory and into the centre of the net to make it 2-1.

Devante Rodney fancied seeing his name on the scoresheet again and he sent a decent strike in from distance that went just wide of the target on 75 minutes.

Scott Loach was more involved in the final ten minutes of the game, and the Pools keeper came out quickly to first collect a freekick into the box and then intercept a cross from the left.

Rodney tried his luck in added time, showing power to hold off his man as he turned and tried to chip the keeper, only to see his effort land just the wrong side of the bar.

It was another hard-working display from Bates's side who were worthy winners on an entertaining evening at Victoria Park and another important three points in the bag as Pools look to edge away of the danger zone in the National League. 

Full Time: Pools 2 Bromley 1 

Attendance: 3041 (20 Bromley)

Booked: Newton (45)

Pools: Loach, Hawkins, Laing, Magnay, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Hawkes (Munns 90), Cassidy, Oates (Rodney 46).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Owen, Orrell.

Bromley: Gregory, Rees, Holland, Hanlan, Mekki, Higgs (Sutherland 76), D Johnson, Wanadio (Porter 73), R Johnson, Woolfenden, McLoughlin (Sterling 86).
Subs Not Used: Dunne, Chorley.

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