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Pools claim all three points against Sutton

30 January 2021

Pools edged a tight encounter with Sutton with a header from the in-form Rhys Oates.

In a first half of few chance, Sutton shaded the first 15 minutes with headers going close to the goal of Ben Killip.

Ajiboye was dangerous throughout and had the first chance as he shanked wide when wide on the right. He almost went through again but Johnson and Odusina worked well to close the chance down.

Pools had chances of their own with crosses into the box as the half drew to a close but both teams finished the half goalless.

Both teams came out for the second half looking to score the first goal with chances for Ajiboye for Sutton and Oates for Pools.

The breakthrough came 10 minutes into the second half as Rhys Oates got in front of Sutton ‘keeper to flick a header into the bottom corner. The goal put Pools in command and we went close again with shots from Sterry, Armstrong, and the ever-threatening Oates.

After a flurry of bookings and substitutions, Sutton went close again as the tricky Ajiboye tested the Pools backline. However, the back three of Johnson, Odusina, and Cass held firm to help Killip preserve his clean sheet. Beautyman went close at the end, but nothing was breaching the Pools goal today and the referee blew his final whistle.

Pools are now up to second in the table and can look forward to their re-arranged trip to Halifax with optimism.

Bookings: Cass, Featherstone, Holohan (Pools) / Davis (Sutton)

Subs: Bloomfield for Oates (79)/ Crawford for Holohan (89)

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