Pools fell to a 2-1 defeat to Maidstone United at The Super 6 Stadium this afternoon.
Two goals from Jack Powell, one at the start and another at the end of the first half, saw The Stones take all three points on a disappointing afternoon for Richard Money's side.
Pools found themselves a goal behind after just four minutes as Jake Robinson crossed into the area from the right and Jack Powell made no mistake as he fired home to make it 1-0.
Money’s side showed the perfect response to the early setback and were level within a minute; a ball across from Josh Hawkes on the right was poked home from close range by none other than Jake Cassidy.
The big striker was making his return to the Pools eleven after a loan spell with The Stones and offered a muted celebration to the goal as such.
Pools went on to dominate much of the half following the goal, looking a threat when in possession and playing some positive, attacking football.
Liam Noble saw a couple of set pieces held by Ethan Ross in the Maidstone goal, while Cassidy’s shot from a Kenton Richardson ball was held by the keeper.
At the other end, Scott Loach made a smart save to deny Charlie Wassmer with a header from just inside the box, while Jake Robinson flashed a shot across goal which crept out at the far post.
Pools then went close as the lively Luke James cut in from the right to flash a pacy ball across the face of goal but it somehow escaped the attentions of both Cassidy and Donaldson before going out at the far post.
But then the second goal came for the visitors and it came in similar fashion to the first; a cross in from Robinson on the right picked out Powell in the middle and he sent his shot past Loach to make it 2-1 on 40 minutes.
The visitors had the first pressure of the second half but Pools were soon back on the attack as Harvey Rodgers headed just wide with a strong header following a Noble corner in from the left.
Luke James went for goal from 30 yards out with a powerful strike but he saw the ball bounce down on the crossbar and then over, while Donaldson sent a low effort towards the near post which was held by the keeper.
Mark Kitching skipped down the left to open things up for Pools and played the ball square for Magnay on the edge of the box; Magnay fired in low through a crowd but his shot went wide of the near post.
And the Pools defender was in action quickly at the other end as he got in to block a dangerous chance for Powell as he looked to grab his hat-trick for the visitors.
Shortly after, Kitching was in action again down the left as he crossed into the box, where Jake Cassidy rose highest but he sent his header wide of the far post.
In the final ten minutes, the visitors had a couple of chances to add to their lead with Powell sending one effort at Loach before Paxman sent his shot wide of target. Sub Elliott Romain then fired a defelected shot from close range into the side-netting as Maidstone finished the stronger of the sides.
Full Time: Pools 1 Maidstone United 2
Attendance: 2929 (61 Maidstone United)
Booked: Kitching (44)
Pools: Loach, Richardson, Anderson, Rodgers, Kitching, Magnay (Kioso 87), Noble, Donaldson, Hawkes (Muir 63), Cassidy, James.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Featherstone, McLaughlin.
Maidstone United: Ross, McLennan, De Havilland, Powell, Paxman, Robinson (Romain 84), Muldoon, Phillips, Taylor, Tajbakhsh (Edobor 65), Wassmer.
Subs Not Used: Walton, Richards, Swaine.