League Two
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Stevenage 1-0 Hartlepool United

Chris Whelpdale nets the only goal of the game as Stevenage beat Hartlepool.

Summer signing Chris Whelpdale netted the only goal as Stevenage returned to League Two with a win over Hartlepool.

The visitors nearly took the lead after two minutes when Jack Compton's shot rebounded of the bar.

Pools keeper Scott Flinders made a string of good saves to keep his side level but was eventually beaten by Whelpdale's low volley from 20 yards.

Hartlepool's best chance to draw level fell to Sam Collins but his header went wide.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"There was a lot of grit and determination. We always make it our business to try and run further than the opposition, I think we did that as you can see by one or two of them coming off cramped up.

"The goalkeeper really kept them in it. We had to keep our concentration and keep our sheet clean to make sure we earned the points.

"Everyone wants to win on the opening day. It's not crucial but it's lovely. You can succeed one way or another, but it's great when you get that opening day win and those three points on the board.

"I don't like singling out individuals but you're going to look at Chris Wells, Andy Bond and Charlie Lee and you're going to say just how outstanding they were. As a trio they really put their stamp of class on proceedings."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Beasant
  • 5Ashton
  • 19Wells
  • 4Worley
  • 3Dembele
  • 11PettSubstituted forDeaconat 88'minutes
  • 22Lee
  • 6Bond
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forOkimoat 83'minutes
  • 14Marriott
  • 9CharlesSubstituted forCalcuttat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Calcutt
  • 16Day
  • 23Okimo
  • 27Johnson
  • 34Deacon

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Duckworth
  • 4Bates
  • 5Collins
  • 2Austin
  • 8WalkerSubstituted forFranksat 76'minutes
  • 10Miller
  • 12ParnabySubstituted forBrobbelat 76'minutes
  • 11Compton
  • 33James
  • 9Harewood

Substitutes

  • 3Holden
  • 7Franks
  • 14Woods
  • 17Brobbel
  • 18Hawkins
  • 19Richards
  • 31Dixon
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
3,023

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 1, Hartlepool United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Hartlepool United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor Calcutt (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Harry Worley (Stevenage).

  6. Post update

    Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Marriott (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  8. Post update

    Adam Marriott (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United).

  10. Post update

    Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Tom Pett.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

  14. Post update

    Bira Dembele (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United).

  16. Post update

    Adam Marriott (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Jerome Okimo replaces Chris Whelpdale.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.