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 pointsat 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 slothome 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 atthe 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 aball 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 sheclinically 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 alack 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 homefrom 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 KellyJackson-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-Hayesafterwards.
“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 whichallowed 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 longway.”
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.