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Women Clinch Away Win To Move Third

2 December 2019

Pools Women moved up to third in the NERWFL Premier Divisionwith a superb win away at promotion rivals Harrogate Town on Sunday.

Savanna Robson (2), Caitlin Bates and Justine Robinson were

all on target as Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes' side picked up a precious three points

at The CNG Stadium.

Pools came out of the traps quickly and were in front inside

the first minute when a great switch of play from Sarah Rowbotham released Robinson

and her attempted chip was saved by the keeper but Robson was there to slot

home the rebound.

Rowbotham then had a header from a corner cleared off the

line before Pools doubled their lead with just seven minutes gone. This time keeper

Becks Lillystone brilliantly found Bates on the halfway line and she drove at

the Harrogate full-back before cutting inside to finish well for 2-0.

The home side then found their feet and pulled a goal back

on nine minutes when Lindsey Whitton found the net after Pools failed a clear a

ball in to their penalty area.

The game finally started to settle down in to some sort of rhythm after that but Pools came close to making it 3-1 just after the half-hour mark when Robyn Foster fired just over following good work down the left flank.

A third Pools goal did arrive two minutes before half-time

though as Robson turned provider to send skipper Robinson through and she

clinically found the net from twenty yards.

The hosts knew they needed to begin the second half positively and they got the perfect start when they pulled another goal back just a minute after the restart, Holly Smith scoring to make it 3-2.

The goal seemed to stun Pools and Town took full advantage,

building some momentum and getting back on level terms on 49 minutes when a

lack of concentration at the back allowed Smith to hit the net again.

Pools took a little time to clear their heads but could have

restored their lead on 56 minutes when Robson shot just over from long-range,

while Robinson also sent an effort just wide of the target.

The pressure paid off on the hour when more neat play from

Rowbotham, Bates and Robyn Ingram engineered the opportunity for the impressive

Robson to go through one-on-one and she rounded the keeper before slotting home

from a tight angle to make it 4-3.

That proved the decisive moment and Pools finished the game

strongly, only denied further goals by a strong showing from Town keeper Kelly

Jackson-Powell.

The victory saw Pools leap up to third spot in the table,just five points behind leaders Wallsend but with some four games in hand.

“That was an incredible win for us against a side who are

tipped to be one of the challengers for the league title,” admitted Gibbon-Hayes

afterwards.

“It was an amazing stadium to go and play in, and we respondedto that by putting in a great performance.

“I thought the team was outstanding and we carried a massive

threat going forward – lapses in concentration was the only concern which

allowed Harrogate back in to the game at the start of the second half.

“We are placed well in the table now and I have a faith in

my players and the togetherness we showed on the pitch today can take us a long

way.”

Full Time: Harrogate Town 3 Pools 4

Pools: Lillystone, Bartlett, Stuart, Hine, Hanratty (Garside 70), Ingram (Pye 70), Rowbotham, Robinson, Robson, Bates, Foster.
Subs not used: Skull, Gutcher.


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