Jason Kennedy and Peter Kioso both scored as Pools claimed their second successive win with a 2-1 triumph at Torquay United to move in to the top half of the National League.
Midfield man Kennedy nodded his first goal in Pools colours
to give Craig Hignett's unchanged line-up a deserved first half lead only forthe hosts to hit back early in the second period.
However, Kioso opened his account for the new campaign with
a thunderous strike ten minutes from time to send the 226 travelling Poolieshome with smiles on their faces.
Pools quickly got on to the front foot and earned a couple
of corners though it was the hosts who had the first effort on goal but BenKillip was alert to keep out a free-kick at his near post.
Liam Noble came close to a bizarre opener when his left-wing
corner was cleared straight back to him and when he returned it in to the area
it deflected off a defender, up in the air and bounced off the cross bar beforebeing cleared.
Pools were looking the main threat though and they made good
on their domination on 16 minutes when Noble's right-wing corner was headedtowards goal by Michael Raynes and nodded in to the net by Jason Kennedy.
Gime Toure was causing worry at the back for Torquay and
when he somehow wriggled his way through traffic on the left side of the area thehosts were thankful to a good save from keeper Lucas Covolan Cavagnari.
Peter Kioso came agonisingly close to doubling Pools' lead
when his low shot from the edge of the box came back off the base of theright-hand post before Toure's follow-up was ruled out for offside.
Killip held a firm drive from Asa Hall but he was powerless
to stop Jamie Reid's sliding shot moments later after the Torquay front man
took advantage of a mix-up at the back – thankfully his low shot scraped thepost on its way wide.
Toure almost had the final say at the end of an entertaining
first half when he once again danced around a couple of defenders but this timehis low left-foot shot was deflected wide by a defender.
The hosts came out of the traps quickly at the start of the
second period and immediately began pressing Pools on to the back foot and
almost got level when a whipped free-kick from the left skipped through the boxand just wide.
However, on 51 minutes they did get their goal. A great
break out of the defence from Liam Davis carried them to the edge of the box
and he fed the ball across to Jamie Reid who fired a brilliant finish in to thetop corner.
That inspired The Gulls further and they continued to ask
questions of the Pools defence, though Hignett's men remained a threat on the counter-attackand Kennedy came close to nodding a second but glanced the effort just wide.
Having weather the storm, Pools began to look the more
likely as the second half developed and Fraser Kerr's header from another pinpointNoble delivery was superbly saved by the home keeper down low to his right.
Gus Mafuta tried his luck from the edge of a crowded box but
his shot was held before Kennedy bundled his way through on goal but struck alow shot straight at the keeper.
The pressure told on 80 minutes though when a long ball forward
was nodded down by substitute Ryan Donaldson to Toure who held on to the ball
while waiting for the overlapping run of Kioso, played it in to his path andthe defender rifled an unstoppable finish in to the far corner of the net.
There were some nervy moments in the closing stages as the
home side knocked at the door for a leveller but Pools held firm to collecttheir second successive win.
Torquay United: Covolan Cauagnari, Wynter (Lewis 86), Cameron, Hall, Davis, Koue Niate, Kalala (Duku 46), Little, Andrews (Vincent 81), Lemon-Heigh Evans, Reid.
Subs not used: MacDonald, Keating.
Booked: Hall, Davis, Duku.
Pools: Killip, Kioso, Kerr, Raynes, Cunningham, Kitching, Mafuta, Kennedy, Noble (Featherstone 83), Toure, James (Donaldson 73).
Subs not used: Bale, Hawkes, Holohan.
Booked: Kerr (56), Raynes (65), Toure (90), Killip (90)
Attendance: 2,683 (226 Pools)