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Hawkes Goal Seals Win For Pools

23 March 2019

Josh Hawkes celebrates his goal against Wrexham Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Josh Hawkes celebrates his goal against Wrexham

Josh Hawkes scored the only goal of the game as Pools took all three points against high-flying Wrexham.

Craig Hignett's side put in a professional and well-organised display to take the win on an entertaining afternoon at The Super 6 Stadium. 

The game was played at a fair pace from the off, with good football on show from both sides. While chances on goal were limited in the first half, there was plenty to keep both sets of fans entertained in a lively 45 minutes.

Pools edged the opening spell, with a couple of half chances for Josh Hawkes who had a shot charged down and then Nicke Kabamba who was just denied a strike by visiting keeper Rob Lainton.

With 23 minutes gone, Pools pushed forward and into the box; with great work from Kabamba in the build-up, the ball fell to Josh Hawkes who forced his way into a crowd in the box and tried to battle his way through to shoot.

But the youngster was tripped on his way through and the official pointed to the penalty spot. Once again, Hawkes stepped up to take the kick and, while Lainton looked to have a got a decent touch on the shot, the ball squirmed out of his grasp and over the line to give Pools the lead.

While the visitors saw plenty of the ball themselves in the remainder of the half, there was little to test Scott Loach.

Luke Young tried a strike from distance that bounced wide of Loach’s post on 36 minutes, while Kemy Agustine tried to curl an effort in from outside the area, which again went wide.

The visitors sent a lot of high balls into the box but Kerr and Anderson, who were both solid this afternoon, proved more than equal to those as Pools looked well-organised at the back.

And so Pools took a 1-0 lead into the break but came under pressure early in the second half from the visitors, who looked determined to force their way back into the game.

Ten minutes later though and it was Hignett’s side putting on the pressure in what looked set to be another lively 45 minutes.

Nicky Featherstone came to the rescue for Pools just after the hour mark as he headed clear an Akil Wright effort off the line as the visitors looked to take advantage from a corner. Scott Loach then pulled off a great save to deny Chris Holroyd who arrived to smash the rebound at goal.

A Liam Noble freekick in from the right caused problems in the box, with Kabamba forcing a header back across goal where Kitching put it back to Noble who was on the edge of the box. Noble chipped a ball up for Peter Kioso who sent a diving header over the bar.

As Pools began to look increasingly confident, Liam Noble forced a corner with a determined run down the left channel. And Josh Hawkes sent in a great ball for the corner, which flashed across the face of goal, just escaping the attentions of three blue and white shirts.

Nicke Kabamba pushed forward down the left to set up Hawkes inside the box for a shot on goal but his final effort went over the bar.

Despite increasing frustration from the visitors, Pools stuck to the task and picked up a well-earned three points.

Full Time: Pools 1 Wrexham 0

Booked: Noble (52)

Attendance: 3888 (427 Wrexham)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Cunningham (Kitching 30), Kerr, Anderson, Noble (James 76), Featherstone, Donaldson, Hawkes (Bale 84), Molyneux, Kabamba.

Subs Not Used: Muir, Holohan.

Wrexham: Lainton, Jennings, Kennedy, Young, Holroyd, McGlashan (Beavon 61), Wright, Kemy Agustien (Spyrou 70), Lawlor.
Subs Not Used: Dibble, Roberts, Deverdics.

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