Pools were left to pay the price for a slow start to the
game today as a nervy first-half display saw Craig Hignett's men fall two goals
Gime Toure grabbed a goal back on the stroke of half-time whichinspired a much-improved second-half display from his side.
But Pools failed to find the equaliser and it was Sutton who
grabbed the next goal, making it 3-1 deep into added time at the end of thegame.
After a lively start from the visitors, they opened the
scoring after just seven minutes as a break down the right saw the ball played
into the middle and Harry Beautyman sent a glancing header past Ben Killip andinto the far top corner of the net.
Despite a stressful morning of travel up to the North East
for Sutton, the started the game strongly as Pools struggled to really findtheir stride in the opening half.
Nicke Kabamba had the first real chance for Hignett's side
on 12 minutes when he sent a low drive at goal from the edge of the box but hiseffort bounced against the bottom of the post and back into play.
Sutton made their pressure count on 23 minutes when Beautyman
got his second goal; another break down the right opened Pools up and the cross
into the box was met by Beautyman who finished across goal and into the bottomcorner to make it 2-0.
While Pools did start to see a bit more of the ball as the half
progressed, they struggled to put any real flow together and could find no waypast the Sutton back line.
Aaron Jarvis fired in a shot from distance as he looked to
catch Pools out just before the half-hour mark but saw his shot go over thebar.
And the lively Tom Bolarinwa, who caused Pools real problems
in the first half, went for goal on 44 minutes with a decent effort but Killipheld the shot.
With Pools looking set to go in two goals down at the break,
a strong push upfield saw former Sutton man Gime Toure pick up the ball and
fire a great finish past Jamie Butler on the stroke of half time to make it2-1.
Hignett's side came out much brighter after half-time,
pressing the visitors from the off and dominating the opening ten minutes, withSutton battling to get out of their own half.
Crichlow-Noble sent a good cross in from the left that
picked out Luke James in the box but the striker sent his shot wide of the nearpost.
The pace slowed slightly after an intense opening to thesecond half but Pools looked much more composed and showed more intent going forward.
Kabamba picked up the ball inside the area and tried tosqueeze a shot inside the near post on 73 minutes but his effort went just wide.
Pools put together a good break following a Sutton corner,
but after good work by Liam Noble, Jason Kennedy saw his final shot blocked bythe keeper.
Hignett's side were a totally different prospect in this
second half, really dominating possession in a performance that just lackedthat final ball to break through for the equaliser.
With five minutes added time, Pools had a bit longer to look
for that second goal and Fraser Kerr went close as he rose well to meet a Noble
corner in from the left but the defender's header went just wide of the farpost.
As Pools threw everything at goal, it was Sutton who brokeaway to grab the next goal as Will Randal hit home to make it 3-1.
Full Time: Pools 1 Sutton United 3
Attendance: 3812 (70 Sutton United)
Booked: Crichlow-Noble (43)
Pools: Killip, Richardson (Featherstone 70), Kerr, Raynes, Crichlow-Noble (Kitching 80), Mafuta, Kennedy, Noble, Toure (Holohan 83), James, Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Bale, Cunningham.
Sutton United: Butler, Bennett, Barden, Goodliffe (Matsuzaka 90), Collins, Bolarinwa (Ajiboye 59), Davis, Beautyman, Randal, Milson, Jarvis (Bugiel 85).
Subs Not Used: Dudzinski, Dundas.