Pools were forced to settle for a point at Chorley as theirfirst visit to Victory Park ended in a goalless draw on Saturday afternoon.
It wasn't a particularly inspiring encounter with clearchances at a premium for both sides on a baking hot day in Lancashire.
Pools made much of the early running and knocked it around
well in the heat of Victory Park, with Gus Mafuta prowling around in midfieldand Niko Muir looking sharp in attack.
However, there wasn't much in the way of clear cut chancesas Hignett's men struggled to open up the home side's defence.
The hosts almost stole in front themselves on 16 minutes
when Matt Challoner's wicked cross from the right found Ntumba Massanka in themiddle six yards out but the Chorley front man volleyed wastefully wide.
It was to be the best chance of a tepid first half during
which both sides worked hard without finding the moment of quality to unlock theiropposition's defence.
Ben Killip made a couple of smart saves, standing up big to block
from Alex Newby after he had wriggled in to the box before going down to hisleft to claim a tame curling shot from Marcus Carver.
On half-time Pools broke menacingly from a Chorley corner with
Gime Toure leading the charge but he couldn't quite squeeze a ball through tothe on-rushing Nicky Featherstone and the chance evaporated.
Pools got out of the blocks quickly in the second half and
they penned their hosts back, almost going in front after a sustained period of
pressure ended when Mark Kitching drove an effort off the angle of post and barfrom a tight angle.
Myles Anderson's return to duty was cut short ten minutes in
the second half when he clashed heads with Massanka and the defender came off
worst – a long period of treatment was followed by four stitches to a wound onhis forehead and he was replaced by Peter Kioso.
After the stoppage, Killip was forced in to a couple of decent
saves at the other end, first turning Marcus Carver's goalbound header roundthe post and then blocking from Massanka a couple of minutes later.
There was another injury blow just after the hour mark when
Muir pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring strain, which hurried alongthe return of Nicke Kabamba who came off the bench.
Toure fired a shot too high after a winding run and Holohan
saw his effort blocked following a mazy dribble towards goal but the deadlockdidn't look like being broken.
Strong appeals for a penalty for a foul on substitute Luke
James were waved away near the end before Holohan passed up a great chance to
win it in injury-time when he smashed a shot wide from the right side of the penaltyarea.
Full Time: Chorley 0 Pools 0
Chorley: Crellin, Challonor, Blakeman, Teague, Leather, Meppen-Walters (Baines 12), A Newby, O'Keefe, Carver, Massanka (Holroyd 76), Cottrell.
Subs not used: E Newby, Ross, Eccles.
Pools: Killip, Kerr, Raynes, Anderson (Kioso 55), Donaldson, Kitching, Mafuta, Featherstone, Holohan, Toure (James 82), Muir (Kabamba 61).
Subs not used: Kennedy, Noble.