February 23, 2013
In-form Pools too strong for Iron
Hartlepool kept their hopes of the great escape alive with a 2-1 victory at Scunthorpe.
Pools took command with two goals in 17 first-half minutes to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.
James Poole fired the visitors in front after 20 minutes, lashing home a shot from 12 yards out after a good lay-off by Charlie Wyke.
They struck again in the 37th minute when midfielder Jonathan Franks waltzed his way into the box before steering an excellent left-foot shot into the far corner of the net beyond the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.
Scunthorpe, who had won their previous three home games, struggled to get a foothold in the match and in the second half it was Hartlepool who continued to threaten on the break.
The lively Poole rattled the crossbar with one long range effort - then tested Slocombe with another.
With 67 minutes gone, Scunthorpe gave a debut up front to new loan signing James Alabi from Stoke.
Nine minutes later he made a real impact, heading them back into the game from a left-wing cross from Tom Newey.
But it was too little, too late to save Scunthorpe from an eighth home defeat of the season.
|Scunthorpe United||Hartlepool United|
|1 Sam Slocombe||1 Scott Flinders|
|21 Tom Newey||5 Sam Collins|
|5 David Mirfin||2 Neil Austin|
|18 Eddie Nolan||6 Evan Horwood|
|15 Niall Canavan||29 Peter Hartley|
|19 Michael Collins||18 Jack Baldwin|
|4 Josh Walker||3 Ritchie Humphreys|
|16 Mark Duffy||8 Simon Walton|
|7 James Ryan||7 Jonathan Franks|
|22 Karl Hawley||10 James Poole|
|9 Akpo Sodje||36 Charlie Wyke|
|13 James Severn||Adam McHugh 31|
|2 Christian Ribeiro||Darren Holden 22|
|11 Andy Barcham||Andy Monkhouse 11|
|10 Mike Grella||Nathan Luscombe 14|
|17 Matt Godden||Greg Rutherford 17|
|12 Connor Jennings||Steve Howard 39|
|27 James Alabi||Luke James 33|
|Andy Barcham for Josh Walker (46)||Steve Howard for Charlie Wyke (61)|
|James Alabi for Akpo Sodje (67)||Andy Monkhouse for James Poole (78)|
|Luke James for Jonathan Franks (85)|
|Simon Walton (54)|
|Steve Howard (79)|
|· Squads: Scunthorpe United | Hartlepool United|