Hartlepool United played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with north east neighbours Sunderland AFC after an own-goal and a Elliot Embleton penalty.
The game started in the best possible way for Pools. After a Sunderland set piece, Joe Grey broke forwards and found Hastie in space on the right. The Scotsman glided past Hume and his square pass caught a Sunderland defender and spun past Carney.
The goal shocked the visitors into life, with chances falling to Hume and Diamond before Killip had to clear the ball over his crossbar after an in-swinging corner.
Winchester then blazed the ball over after good play from Diamond again before Sunderland were given a way back into the game. Cooke’s loose pass was seized upon and when Murray nudged Winchester, the referee pointed to the spot. Embleton converted and half-time was called.
Sunderland came out of the traps quickly and had chances through Diamond, Taylor, and Embleton. Matete made a big block to prevent Paterson breaking away after a corner and Joe Grey went close with a left-footed effort, but it was all square in the end.
Pools now have six days before the season-opener at Walsall before returning to take on Wimbledon on August 6th.
Pools XI (First Half): Killip; Tumilty, Lacey, Murray, Ferguson; Featherstone, Cooke; Hastie, Crawford, Grey; Hamilton
Pools XI (Second Half): Letheren; Tumilty, Niang, Menayese, Paterson; Featherstone, Shelton; Grey, Crawford, Ndjoli; Umerah