Hartlepool United exited the Emirates FA Cup at the first hurdle as Chester FC ran out 2-0 winners at the Suit Direct Stadium.
The game started with Pools on the front foot, as Umerah and Dieseruvwe looked to join up play at the top of the pitch. However, it was the visitors that took the lead early on. A driving run and smart pass from Burke found Whitehouse, and the attacker finished first-time from the edge of the box.
Pools put the pressure on straight from the restart, with an Umerah header looping into Stanway’s hands. Minutes later, Hendrie had a go from distance, but the ‘keeper got down low and held it well.
Askey’s side continued to see plenty of the ball, with Stanway forced to punch away a Ferguson cross and Crawford seeing a shot deflected behind. From the resulting corner, Dieseruvwe connected with the cross, but he couldn’t direct it.
Good work down the right saw Pools fashion a great chance, but Grey’s cross evaded everyone and rolled behind. Despite the pressure, Pools ended the first half behind.
The introduction of Agyemang saw Pools change shape at half-time, and it almost paid off immediately. Grey kept a free kick alive, and his low drive was palmed away by the ‘keeper and almost into danger.
Chances kept coming, with Chester defenders under pressure to repel Umerah and Dieseruvwe in particular. Despite the pressure, it was Chester who struck again. A ball through the middle left Onariase in a heap, with Caton sliding a shot under Jameson to double the lead.
After the restart, Wreh was introduced in place of Umerah, and he was a better first touch away from a huge change after Agyemang’s through-ball. Pools continued to press, but Chester’s well-organised defence stood firm. Another edge-of-the-box drive tested Stanway, but he pushed Crawford’s strike behind for a corner.
Chester saw out the game, and they’ll now progress to the first-round proper. Pools turn their attention back to the league and the visit to Aldershot Town next weekend.
Pools XI: Jameson; Hendrie, Lacey, Onariase, Johnson (Agyemang 46), Ferguson, Featherstone (Hastie 86), Crawford, Grey, Umerah (Wreh 62), Dieseruvwe
Subs (not used): Dixon, Dolan, Burton, Paterson, Hastie, Agyemang, Wreh
Attendance: 3,205 (471 Away)