September 3, 2013
Pools go goal crazy
Previously goal-shy Hartlepool romped to their first win of the season as they thumped League One Bradford 5-0 in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Pools had only scored one in six games going into the tie, but turned the hapless Bantams over with ease.
After visiting defender Rory McArdle flashed a header wide after 20 minutes, Pools took the lead two minutes later.
Jon Franks' deep cross was headed back across goal by Jack Compton and Luke James nodded in from eight yards.
The home side had to wait until the second half for their second, but then nabbed three in 10 minutes.
After Franks' shot was blocked, he collected the rebound and fired past debutant goalkeeper Connor Ripley from 18 yards in the 48th minute.
A Compton free-kick was met by Christian Burgess who headed in a first career goal from close range after 56 minutes.
And in the 58th minute James was felled in the area by Nathan Doyle and Compton firmly struck home the penalty.
The rout was complete with two minutes remaining as Franks crossed for substitute Nialle Rodney to spectacularly net an overhead kick.
|Hartlepool United||Bradford City|
|1 Scott Flinders||12 Connor Ripley|
|2 Neil Austin||23 Rory McArdle|
|6 Jack Baldwin||3 James Meredith|
|21 Michael Duckworth||2 Stephen Darby|
|35 Christian Burgess||15 Matthew Taylor|
|11 Andy Monkhouse||4 Richard Ravenhill|
|14 Jack Compton||14 Mark Yeates|
|4 Matthew Dolan||24 Nathan Doyle|
|38 Brad Walker||8 Jason Kennedy|
|7 Jonathan Franks||20 Raffaele De Vita|
|33 Luke James||11 Garry Thompson|
|13 Andy Rafferty||Jon McLaughlan 1|
|5 Sam Collins||Carl McHugh 16|
|8 Simon Walton||Alan Connell 17|
|10 James Poole||Kyel Reid 7|
|23 Nialle Rodney||Nahki Wells 21|
|Simon Walton for Brad Walker (69)||Carl McHugh for James Meredith (46)|
|Nialle Rodney for Luke James (69)||Alan Connell for Rory McArdle (52)|
|James Poole for Jack Compton (76)||Kyel Reid for Garry Thompson (75)|
|Christian Burgess (22)||Rory McArdle (34)|
|Neil Austin (61)|
|Jack Baldwin (72)|
|· Squads: Hartlepool United | Bradford City|