Our review of the past campaign takes us in to the second month when Pools showed a little more consistency on the pitch.
After the Bank Holiday Monday win over Guiseley, the decision was made to reduce ticket prices for Maidstone United’s visit to Victoria Park on the first Saturday in September.
As a result a crowd of over 4,000 was attracted to The Vic and they were treated to a 3-1 win over, thanks to goals from Keith Watson, Jonathan Franks and Connor Simpson, who became the first player born this century to score in a senior game for the Club.
The joy of two wins in a row was tempered somewhat during the week when it was confirmed that Jake Cassidy was set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a stress fracture in his foot.
However, the form of Franks was proving a major boost for Craig Harrison’s side the Middlesbrough-born attacker was the match-winner again the following Saturday when his lobbed goal proved the decisive moment in a battling 1-0 win over fancied Dagenham & Redbridge at The Vic.
The opening months of the National League are always hugely hectic and a midweek trip to Wrexham was next up for Pools who battled hard to gain a goalless draw in the rain at The Racecourse Stadium – though they could have had all three points had Franks’ drive not come back off the bar.
After fluffing their lines during their first TV appearance of the season, Pools got the opportunity to show the watching public their better side when BT Sport were there to broadcast the trip to fellow relegated outfit Leyton Orient in mid-September.
It was The O’s who went in front through Jobi McAnuff but Franks hit the net again just before half time and that knocked the stuffing out of the hosts, allowing Rhys Oates to help himself to what proved to be the winner just after the break.
Back on home soil Pools were looking to build on their impressive run when Eastleigh came to the north-east but the Hampshire outfit put the skids under Harrison’s men by running out 2-1 winners on their first visit to The Vic.
Away from the pitch, Jonathan Franks, Scott Harrison and Lewis Hawkins took time out to visit a nursing home in the town to take part in their Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Boss Harrison moved back in to the transfer market to try and find cover for the injured Cassidy and former Manchester City and Nottingham Forest forward James Thorne arrived on a short-term deal.
Pools were on their travels again for the final game of the month when they ticked off another new ground with the visit to Woking. Ryan Donaldson’s first goal for the Club had Pools in front but The Cards levelled things up on the stroke of half time and it remained 1-1 at the final whistle.
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