Pools On Fire In Chesterfield Rout

Luke James, Chesterfield v Hartlepool United

Gime Toure and Gus Mafuta both scored twice and Luke James was also on target as Pools ran riot with a crushing 5-1 victory at Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

Pools had already created numerous chances before Mafuta stroked them in front on 23 minutes and James then scampered clear to drill a second minutes later.

Peter Kioso headed through his own goal in first half injury time but if there were nerves on the terraces there were none in the Pools dressing room and it was 3-1 early in the second half when Toure smashed in a wonder goal.

Toure then turned provider when he robbed back possession on the right of the area to tee up Mafuta for his second before the French man slotted home the fifth goal after great work from James.

Kioso was stretchered off late on with a head injury to put slight dampener on a memorable evening for Dave Challinor and his side.

Pools didn’t waste any time getting after their hosts and they began fizzing the ball around on a slick surface with real confidence in the opening minutes.

Toure was looking dangerous coming off the left and he drove his way between two defenders to let fly but his shot his Will Evans and looped up in the air for keeper Luke Coddington to grab.

Mafuta had his first chance of the night when he was slipped through by James following good work from Josh Hawkes but the midfield man’s shot was deflected wide by a last-gasp challenge from Sam Wedgbury.

James was next to have a sight on goal when he scampered after a ball in behind down the right; Coddington inexplicably came charging from his line in to no man’s land but James’ couldn’t quite keep his chipped effort from wide on target and it went just over.

Pools were in complete control and Coddington had to make a flying save from Hawkes’ top corner bound drive from twenty-five yards – with the Chesterfield keeper springing to his feet to block another effort from Mafuta after Toure had kept the loose ball alive.

The breakthrough came seconds later on 23 minutes when James fed a low ball back across goal from the right and Mafuta made it third time lucky with a clinical stroked finish in to the bottom right corner of the net.

Ryan Donaldson’s deflected took a couple of deflections on its way wide as Pools continued to press and they were 2-0 up on 27 minutes. Hawkes sent a perfect ball forward for James down the right whose impeccable first touch allowed him to run at Laurence Maguire. The front man charged on the outside of the centre-back, finding an angle to drill a brilliant low finish across Coddington and in to the far side-netting.

Toure could even have made it 3-0 on the half-hour when he wriggled skilfully inside from the left once again but his whipped shot dropped just wide of the far post.

There were ironic cheers from the home crowd when Scott Boden mustered their first shot at goal, though it dropped wide – while Joe Rowley struck a shot too high moments later and cutting in from the left.

Hawkes was allowed to shoot again from twenty yards but this time his low shot went just wide of Coddington’s far post.

The Spireites grabbed a lifeline right on half time when a corner was swung in from the right and when Tom Denton headed it back across at the far post, Kioso ducked in to inadvertently nod past Ben Killip and into his own net.

Any hope the Spireites had following that moment of fortune was extinguished three minutes in to the second half when Hawkes released Toure down the right and French star cut inside on his left foot and hammered his tenth goal of the season in to the roof of the net for 3-1.

Better was to come just seven minutes later when Toure bullied a defender off the ball on the right of the penalty area before laying it low across the edge of the six-yard box for Mafuta who couldn’t miss as Pools made it 4-1 to leave the hosts stunned.

The game was still less than 70 minutes old when Pools grabbed their fifth. James brilliantly turned and drove his way past Evans in to the left of the penalty area before delivering a ball in to the path of Toure who steered it first time across Coddington and in to the net for 5-1.

The closing stages saw Chesterfield try to put together some attacking play and a corner from the right saw Kioso and substitute Mike Fondop clash heads – the home striker was forced off and Kioso underwent lengthy treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off and taken to a local hospital.

It was the only negative on a remarkable night for Pools who struck five on their travels for the first time in just over three years to move within five points of the National League top seven.

Full Time: Chesterfield 1 Pools 5

Chesterfield: Coddington, Evans, Maguire, Sheridan, Rowley, Gevaro, Wedgbury (Mandeville 53), Smith, Shaw, Boden, Denton (Fondop 60 (McGlashan 89)).
Subs not used: Jalal, Buchanan.

Booked: Sheridan.

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching, Donaldson, Mafuta, Featherstone, Hawkes (Richardson 62), Toure (Muir 76), James (Kabamba 76).
Subs not used: Cunningham, Kennedy.

Attendance: 3,420 (252 Poolies)

Referee: Martin Woods.