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Match report: Pools make it eight consecutive home wins

27 February 2021

Hartlepool United made it eight home wins a row with a dominating performance against Barnet. Another close-range finish from Luke Armstrong was the difference as Pools controlled most of the game against the Londoners.

The game started with an exchange of corners as both teams looked for early opportunities. Shelton and Sterry were the main threats for Pools as they combined down the right to carve out chances for Johnson and Armstrong in the Barnet box.

Armstrong then had the first clear-cut chance of the evening as his flick almost found its way into Loach's net. The former Poolie was equal to it and the ball was cleared before Killip made a good save from Hooper at the other end.

The breakthrough came on 33 minutes as Shelton drove in from the right and put the chance on a plate for Luke Armstrong. The poacher made no mistake and fired the ball past Loach and high into the net.

Pools nearly went two up seconds later as Oates fired just wide following another driving run down the right from Shelton.

A flurry of corners followed as Pools closed out the half on the front foot.

The second half continued in similar fashion as Pools won a quick corner and went close with a Holohan drive from inside the area. Loach and his defenders continued to repel the Hartlepool forwards, with Johnson's header and Shelton's long-range drive both finding defender or stand.

Ben Killip was called into action to make a couple of routine saves, but most of the action remained in the Barnet half. First, Armstrong's diving header went narrowly wide and then Molyneux found the stand after a pull-back from the impressive Jamie Sterry.

Armstrong missed a good chance by his standards after the ball was stuck under his feet and Molyneux worked hard to keep the ball in the corner to close out the game for Pools.

The referee's whistle blew and Pools claimed three points again at The Vic - it's now eight in a row!

Pools Sub: Molyneux for Oates (72)

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