February 2, 2013
Home comforts at last for Pools
Hartlepool recorded back-to-back victories for the first time in 17 months with a battling 2-1 win over Notts County.
Not since September 2011 have Pools taken six points from successive league matches and while they remain bottom of the table, they won for the first time in the league at home since September last year and are finally showing some fight.
John Hughes' side took a swift lead when Jon Franks' cross was met by James Poole eight yards out and a delicate first touch set himself up to volley in from close range.
County had two chances to level, denied both times by stout defending in the 36th minute. First Peter Hartley stood firm to block a goalbound Jamal Campbell-Ryce shot and, from the subsequent corner, Yoann Arquin's header was hacked off the goalline by Neil Austin.
Campell-Ryce did breakthrough in the 53rd minute, scoring a fine individual effort as he skipped across the defence on the right side to shoot low past Scott Flinders.
County were on top, but Pools responded with the winner.
Evan Horwood's free-kick into the penalty area was scrambled in from close range by skipper Peter Hartley.
Flinders denied Arquin a second equaliser when he stopped a tame header from close range, but Pools deserved their win.
|Hartlepool United||Notts County|
|1 Scott Flinders||23 Fabian Speiss|
|5 Sam Collins||6 Dean Leacock|
|2 Neil Austin||3 Alan Sheehan|
|6 Evan Horwood||20 Jamal Campbell-Ryce|
|29 Peter Hartley||28 Andre Boucaud|
|18 Jack Baldwin||8 Gary Liddle|
|3 Ritchie Humphreys||11 Jeff Hughes|
|8 Simon Walton||10 Alan Judge|
|7 Jonathan Franks||16 Joss Labadie|
|10 James Poole||13 Francois Zoko|
|36 Charlie Wyke||15 Yoann Arquin|
|31 Adam McHugh||Kevin Pilkington 35|
|22 Darren Holden||Emmanuele Smith 5|
|11 Andy Monkhouse||Julian Kelly 2|
|14 Nathan Luscombe||Gavin Mahon 14|
|16 Josh Rowbotham||Hamza Bencherif 18|
|17 Greg Rutherford||Enoch Showunmi 9|
|33 Luke James||Romello Nangel 31|
|Darren Holden for Jonathan Franks (72)||Julian Kelly for Joss Labadie (46)|
|Luke James for James Poole (79)||Hamza Bencherif for Yoann Arquin (77)|
|Andy Monkhouse for Charlie Wyke (83)||Romello Nangel for Francois Zoko (81)|
|Peter Hartley (56)||Dean Leacock (90)|
|Simon Walton (90)||Jamal Campbell-Ryce (61)|
|· Squads: Hartlepool United | Notts County|