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Match report: Pre-season continues in Blyth

22 July 2023

More minutes in the tank for Hartlepool United as John Askey's side played out a 0-0 draw with Blyth Spartans.

A team which saw John Askey name three trialists in his side, Dieseruvwe continued his partnership up top with Chris Wreh.

The first opportunity came from the midfield trialist as a venomous effort was held by Blyth Goalkeeper, Fisher, just afrer three minutes.

Second opportunity came after 22 minutes as our trialist playing on the right-hand side was able to nick the ball away from former Poolie, Nicky Deverdics, drive towards goal but just strike wide of the mark.

The second-half started in a similar manner as Joe Grey and Umerah both tested Fisher in the Blyth net but neither able to break the deadlock. 

On 77 minutes, an unbelievable double-save from Dixon and then a goal-line clearance from Onariase denied Blyth taking the lead with their biggest opportunity of the game.

Jordan Cook continues to regain fitness with the side and featured today for the first time since January 2022. It was Cook himself that found space in the area four minuts from time for his effort to be blocked.
Full time: Blyth Spartans 0-0 Hartlepool United 

John Askey's side travel to Redcar Atheltic on Tuesday night before home bouts against Harrogate and Sunderland. 

Hartlepool United XI: Jameson, trialist, Onariase, Dolan ©, Burton, Paterson, Trialist, Crawford, Trialist, Wreh, DieseruvweSubs: Dixon, Dodds, Pruti, Ferguson, Finney, Cook, Hastie, Umerah, Darcy, StephensonSecond half: Dixon, Dodds, Onariase, Pruti, Ferguson, Crawford, Finney, Cook, Hastie, Grey, Umerah

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