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Match report: Pools come from behind to claim all three points

22 February 2022

Hartlepool United extended their unbeaten run in League Two to eight with a 2-1 comeback win at Colchester United. Goals from Omar Bogle and Isaac Fletcher cancelled out Noah Chilvers' opener as Pools made it two away wins out of two in the league.

 
Pools saw plenty of the ball during the opening exchanges, and Luke Molyneux had a great chance to get the opener. Joe White's through-ball saw the forward released through the middle and it was only a last-gasp Chilvers tackle that stopped him pulling the trigger.
 
The home side then had their turn to attack, but the closest they came in the opening 15 minutes was Freddie Sears' long-range strike that drifted wide of Ben Killip's post. Sensing that their hosts were growing into the game, Pools pushed forward and a good bit of play between Bogle, Molyneux, and Shelton saw Featherstone presented with a chance from range that flew over the crossbar.
 
A knockdown in the box presented a half-chance for Joe White, but the ball came at him quickly and it floated above the bar. Moments later, the hosts took the lead. Colchester pressed forwards and after Killip had saved from Akinde, Chilvers was on hand to tap home.
 
 Pools pushed forwards even more after falling behind, and Colchester were limited to hitting Graeme Lee's side on the break. They could have been two ahead through Coxe, but he struck the post after running clear of Byrne and Ferguson.
 
Lee's side had a shout for a penalty after White looked to have been felled, but the referee decided that a corner should be awarded. The rest of the half passed without incident and Pools went into the break behind.
 
Both sides came out strongly for the second half, and big chances fell to Pools in the opening 10 minutes of the half. Omar Bogle rattled the crossbar from 20 yards before Tom Crawford saw his point-blank header tipped over the bar by Hornby.
 
The introduction of Isaac Fletcher gave Pools a greater presence in the final third, but it was another loanee that created the equaliser. Joe White brought the ball forward and found Bogle who took a touch and fired beyond Hornby for his fourth of the season.
 
Moments later, Fletcher got a goal of his own. Bogle danced through the Colchester defence and when he couldn't get his shot away, Fletcher found the ball and slammed it below Hornby to give Pools the lead.
 
After taking the lead, Pools defended valiantly with Odusina, Byrne, and Ferguson dealing well with Colchester pressure. Bogle, Carver, and White also dug in, ensuring that pressure was applied from the front and that Pools had an out-ball.
 
Pools XI: Killip; Francis-Angol (Smith 77), Byrne, Odusina, Ferguson; Crawford, Featherstone, Shelton (Fletcher 64); Molyneux (Carver 77), Bogle, White
 
Unused Subs: Bilokapic, Hull, Liddle, Holohan
 
Attendance: 2,116 (180 Poolies)

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