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Match report: Pools come from behind to beat Chesterfield

6 October 2020

Match Reports

Match report: Pools come from behind to beat Chesterfield

6 October 2020

TWO quick-fire second-half goals earned Hartlepool United a second successive National League victory.

Pools won 2-1 at ten-man Chesterfield to make it six points from six after victory over Aldershot at Victoria Park on Saturday.

And Pools now go to Maidenhead at the weekend in fine early season form.

Pools boss Dave Challinor made one enforced change to his side – with striker David Parkhouse away on international duty with Northern Ireland under-21s.

In came Mason Bloomfield for his first start up front, with Josh McDonald on the bench.

The Spireites won a string of early corners, but neither side was able to find their feet.

Pools won their first corner on 16 minutes, and from their second a minute later Pools were pegging the opposition back. 

But nothing came of the pressure and the game was of little incident with 30 minutes on the clock.

Gary Liddle slid in to divert a dangerous low cross away for the Spireites fifth corner and from it the centre-half went down injured as he cleared, and he was forced off with debutant Ryan Johnson taking his place. 

The home side had centre-half Laurence Maguire booked for a foul on Bloomfield on halfway.

It was 40 minutes before the first attempt on target, when home wing-back David Buchanan made the most of a charged down clearance, but his first-time effort was comfortably collected by Ben Killip.

Jonathan Smith was booked in injury time for a needless foul on Johnson.

Pools started the second-half in a positive manner as they looked to take the game to the hosts.

Rhys Oates was introduced as Pools second change on 51 minutes, Bloomfield, booked for a foul as he was replaced, moving gingerly after being felled in the first-half.

But a minute later, Pools were behind. Tom Denton netted from the penalty spot, sending Ben Killip the wrong way, after a handball in the area by Ryan Johnson.

Pools had a sharp opening when Ofosu showed a great turn of pace to get in behind the defence and he clipped the ball past keeper Kyle Letheren, but it evaded Oates.

But the visitors kept the ball alive though Ofosu and he fed the marauding Ferguson into the area. His ball across the six-yard box was diverted in by defender Will Evans for a quick leveller on 65 minutes.

And four minutes later, Pools were in front.

Again Ferguson was the creator, getting into the area and his cross into the six-yard area was turned in from close range by Johnson, for a goal on his debut.

The home side were reduced to ten men on 77 minutes, Scott Boden red-carded after a needless lunge on Killip after he had already been flagged offside.

Captain Ryan Donaldson was booked on 85 minutes, but Pools saw the game out comfortably.

Pools will now travel to Maidenhead on Saturday and then host Bromley on Tuesday.

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