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Match Report: Pools draw with Scunthorpe

30 April 2022

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Match Report: Pools draw with Scunthorpe

30 April 2022

ICE-cool Nicky Featherstone’s fifth goal of the season saw Hartlepool United draw 1-1 in their final away game of the 2021-22 season.

Relegated Scunthorpe looked to be signing off their final home game in the EFL with a win when teenage striker Cameron Wilson gave the Iron a 49th-minute lead.

But, when Luke Molyneux was upended in the box, Featherstone stroked home the 72nd-minute penalty up the middle to send the fans behind the goal in the away end wild. 

Despite the hosts being doomed to relegation, there was a good atmosphere inside the Sands Venue Stadium, aided in no small way by the presence of 1,600 away fans, the majority decked out in doctors and nurses outfits.

Pools had the better of a lively though, ultimately, goalless first 45 minutes.

Jake Hull, whose parent club Rotherham were promoted to the Championship today, headed over the home bar from David Ferguson’s cross, while Omar Bogle had a header comfortably saved by teenage keeper Owen Foster.

Olufela Olomola, up against his former club, was just inches wide with a left-foot shot after neat backheel from Bryn Morris, while Bogle then shot tamely at the goalie after being put through before firing narrowly wide after good work from Luke Molyneux.

Pools had a couple of cracks from free-kicks but Ferguson and Jamie Sterry both shot over.

It was becoming a recurring theme with Ferguson smashing over from open play.

The Iron should have gone ahead on 42 minutes when Cameron Wilson teed up Joe Nuttall only to sky his attempt into the away end.

Pools stormed up the other end where Nicky Featherstone tried to walk it in with his shot being blocked for a corner.

The boys in blue came out for the second half with a spring in their steps with Ferguson having a shot deflected for a corner and Morris just inches off the mark with a long-range screamer.

But the positivity soon evaporated when the Iron went in front.

Wilson was released down the left with the young forward getting on the outside of Hull before beating Killip with a lovely low left-foot shot.

Pools came agonisingly close to a leveller in the 62nd minute when Bogle saw his left-foot shot saved by Foster onto his left stick.

But they did equalise nine minutes later after Molyneux was upended in the box, Featherstone coolly putting his penalty up the middle.

Sadly, the goal was the cue for a protest against the Iron owners by the home fans who peppered Killip’s area with tennis balls.

No sooner had play resumed, there was another stoppage, this time after a few home fans got onto the field.

There was a glorious chance for Pools in the 85th minute as sub Joe Grey set up Bogle who, not for the first time, could only shoot straight at the goalie.

It was end to end stuff in the dying minutes and Killip saved from Scunthorpe sub Harry Bunn.

There were chances at both ends deep into stoppage time, but the contest ended in a draw.

The massed ranks of Pools fans stayed long after the whistle to salute their team with chants of “Poolie til I die”.

Scunthorpe: Foster; Matheson, Delaney, Young, O’Malley; Shrimpton, Cribb (Feeney 65), Gallimore; Wilson (Hallam 82), Nuttall (Bunn 72), Beestin. Subs (not used): Watson, Rowe, Sinclair, Grant

Goal: Wilson 49

Booked: Nuttall 22, O’Malley 31

Pools: Killip; Sterry, Hull, Odusina, Ferguson; Crawford (Grey 67), Featherstone, Morris; Olomola (Carver 86), Bogle, Molyneux. 

Subs (not used): Bilokapic, Ogle, Smith 

Goal: Featherstone 72 pen

Booked: Hull 30

Referee: Will Finnie

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