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Sweeney's Pools Win In Style

12 October 2019

Match Reports

Sweeney's Pools Win In Style

12 October 2019

Antony Sweeney enjoyed a dream debut as caretaker boss as

goals from Josh Hawkes, Gavan Holohan and Nicke Kabamba swept Pools to victory

at Aldershot Town.

Hawkes' early goal set the tone for Pools and the midfielder

even missed a first half penalty, though Town also had chances and Ben Killip

needed to make two good saves.

However, Pools turned the screw in the final quarter of an

hour when Holohan climbed off the bench to prod a second before turning

provided for Kabamba in injury-time.

Sweeney had opted to make two changes to the line-up for the

trip to Hampshire, restoring Nicke Kabamba to the attack and handing a start to

Hawkes in a midfield three.

It was the hosts who got straight on the front foot and

began knocking the ball around with confidence, no doubt gained following their

midweek win over Dover Athletic.

However, for all their domination of possession, it was

Pools who grabbed an early lead when some hesitation at the back allowed Hawkes

to drive at The Shots defence before cutting inside on his right foot to finish

low under the keeper with just four minutes gone.

The goal knocked Town out of their stride and it could have

been 2-0 inside fifteen minutes when Hawkes' wicked cross from the right was

met by Michael Raynes in the middle but his low effort was well blocked by

keeper Mitch Walker.

The shock of almost conceding a second prompted a swift

counter from the home side and the dangerous Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong escaped

through one-on-one with Ben Killip but slipped his low shot wide of the post.

Killip had work to do a few minutes later when centre-back

Max Hunt found some space twenty-five yards out to shoot and his low effort was

excellently saved by the Pools keeper, who then sprung to his feet to claim the


There was then a glorious chance for Pools to double their

advantage when Ryan Donaldson was chopped down just inside the box but Walker

guessed right and was able to parry Hawkes' tame penalty away and the home side


Killip had to spring athletically to his right just before

half-time to keep out Berkeley-Agyepong's header after some inventive football down

the right wing from the hosts.

The home side came out with renewed vigour at the start of

the second half and only a perfect last-ditch tackle from Peter Kioso denied Ethan

Chislett the chance to score when he looked odds on to level things up.

There was an even better chance on 55 minutes when Lewis Kinsella's

vicious cross from the left picked out Mo Bettamer in the centre but the front

man somehow managed to lift his effort over the bar from five yards out.

Pools countered quickly and Hawkes let fly with a powerful

drive which Walker did well to parry and the young midfielder couldn't quite

make anything of the rebound.

Shamir Mullings should have done better when an inswinging

cross found him free twelve yards from goal but his side-foot volley was

straight down Killip's throat.

The introduction of Luke James and Gavan Holohan gave Pools

another dimension during the final twenty minutes – indeed, Holohan had been on

the pitch little over five minutes when he poked in the decisive second goal. James

took Killip's long kick down in to his stride with an exquisite first touch

before feeding it on to Kabamba down the right and his low cross was met by the

Irishman and was past Walker in a flash.

Raynes could have added the third when he met a corner from

the right but his header flashed across goal and wide as a hint of a swagger

began to show in Pools' performance.

And the final touch of gloss was added in injury-time when

Holohan got away down the right to return the favour for Kabamba who slid in at

front post to connect with the low cross and make it 3-0.

Full Time: Aldershot Town 0 Pools 3

Aldershot Town: Walker, Tinkler, Lyons-Foster, Hunt, Kinsella, Powell, Berkeley-Agyepong (Eyoma 84), Santos, Chislett (Shields 84), Mullings (Rance 75), Bettamer.
Subs not used: Whittingham, Finney.

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Kerr, Raynes, Kitching, Mafuta, Featherstone, Donaldson (Kennedy 90), Hawkes (Holohan 75), Toure (James 66), Kabamba.
Subs not used: Richardson, Cunningham.

Booked: Mafuta (24).

Attendance: 2,768 (188 Pools).

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