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Hartlepool United 2-1 Exeter City

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore previously managed Tranmere, who were relegated from League Two

Hartlepool secured their Football League status following a nervy victory over Exeter at Victoria Park which ended the Grecians' play-off hopes.

Striker Scott Fenwick finished well after Jordan Moore-Taylor slipped to give the hosts an early lead.

But the visitors equalised immediately as Graham Cummins was left unmarked to head in Liam Sercombe's corner.

Aaron Tshibola's pass was finished by Jordan Hugill before half-time as Tranmere and Cheltenham were relegated.

Pools had been 10 points adrift of safety in January, having been rooted to the bottom on the table since losing 2-1 away to Cambridge at the end of October.

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Hugill thrilled to help keep Pools up

However, four wins in a row in March saw them climb to safety under Ronnie Moore, who took charge in the middle of December.

Fenwick could have added a third late on, only to see his goal-bound strike cleared off the line.

Exeter's loss coupled with Plymouth's victory over Tranmere means that Paul Tisdale's side will spend another season in League Two.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 2Austin
  • 26Harrison
  • 4Bates
  • 20Jones
  • 7Franks
  • 31Tshibola
  • 16Featherstone
  • 11ComptonSubstituted forMillerat 80'minutes
  • 24HugillBooked at 8minsSubstituted forHarewoodat 68'minutes
  • 17Fenwick

Substitutes

  • 8Walker
  • 9Harewood
  • 10Miller
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Nelson-Addy
  • 21Duckworth
  • 27Jones

Exeter

  • 21Hamon
  • 11Davies
  • 4Bennett
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 14McAllister
  • 8OakleyBooked at 40mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 33HarleyBooked at 44mins
  • 10KeohaneSubstituted forNicholsat 68'minutes
  • 31CumminsSubstituted forMorrisonat 64'minutes
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forWheelerat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 20Nichols
  • 22Wheeler
  • 26Tillson
  • 27Jay
  • 30Pym
  • 34Morrison
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
4,994

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Exeter City 1.

Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Exeter City).

Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Clinton Morrison (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Neil Austin.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Dan Jones.

Tommy Miller (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Exeter City).

Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Tommy Miller replaces Jack Compton.

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Exeter City).

Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ryan Harley.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Marlon Harewood replaces Jordan Hugill.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces Jimmy Keohane.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Hartlepool United).

Scott Bennett (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Clinton Morrison replaces Graham Cummins.

Hand ball by Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City).

Attempt blocked. Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Hartlepool United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Matthew Bates (Hartlepool United) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Graham Cummins (Exeter City).

Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Exeter City).

Foul by Dan Jones (Hartlepool United).

Arron Davies (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United).

Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton452710866372991
2Shrewsbury452781067293889
3Southend452412953351884
4Bury452571359401982
5Wycombe452215864432181
6Stevenage4520121362521072
7Plymouth4519111553371668
8Luton451811165244865
9Newport451811165153-265
10Northampton45187206559661
11Exeter451613165964-561
12Morecambe451612175051-160
13Dag & Red45178205757059
14Oxford Utd451416154949058
15Wimbledon451415165359-657
16Portsmouth451414175153-256
17Accrington451411205676-2053
18Cambridge451312205963-451
19York451118164550-551
20Carlisle45147245371-1849
21Mansfield45139233760-2348
22Hartlepool45128253667-3144
23Cheltenham45913233966-2740
24Tranmere45912244566-2139
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