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Match report: A point against the league leaders

25 March 2023

Club News

Match report: A point against the league leaders

25 March 2023

A fighting effort from John Askey's side saw Connor Jennings scrape back an equaliser against the league leaders.

John Askey started the day naming an unchanged Pools side from last weeks draw at Bradford.

The game started with the visitors controlling the possesion but nothing to report following the first fifteen.

Pools' first opportunity came after 25 minutes as Dan Kemp's free-kick was headed over by Jennings. No real threat for Vigouroux between the sticks.

Nothing to split the two sides at the break.

The visitors took the lead just after the restart. Smyth took on Ferguson and then drilled a low effort into the corner of the net to put Orient ahead.

With half an hour to play, the best chance of the game for Askey's side fell to Umerah as he rolled his man, beared down on goal but could only strike wide.

McDonald entered the field five minutes later and looked to make an instant impact as he venomous strike stung the gloves of Vigouroux.

On 82 minutes, Pools had their equaliser! Umerah ran the channel, fired the ball across and it got deflected back to Jennings who buried the ball into the bottom corner.

Just three minutes later, Pools were scratching their heads to why they weren't ahead. McDonald with another bit of great skill and his effort towards goal bounced back off the post. Just 30 seconds later, another ball came across and Kemp struck the crossbar.

The game finishes level with a valiant effort from John Askey's side to comeback against the league leaders.

Pools XI: Stolarczyk, Sterry, Dodds, Murray (Dolan), Pruti (McDonald), Ferguson, Sylla, Kemp, Cooke, Jennings, Umerah.

Subs: Boyes, Foran, Dolan, Featherstone, Finney, McDonald, Hamilton

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