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Hartlepool United 1-3 Stevenage

Two goals from 18-year-old Ben Kennedy gave Stevenage a 3-1 win and left Hartlepool seven points from safety.

David Martin volleyed in to open the scoring on his Stevenage debut before sub Scott Fenwick curled an equaliser.

Kennedy, making only his third league appearance, capitalised on a slip to head in Martin's cross for 2-1.

The youngster added another goal midway through the second half when his shot spun off goalkeeper Scott Flinders and beat David Mirfin's desperate lunge.

Hartlepool remain bottom of League Two, while the win moves Stevenage to within four points of the play-off places.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Credit to the players, I thought they were terrific.

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Westley on Hartlepool v Stevenage

"Dave Martin had a very good afternoon. I remember playing Millwall in pre-season a few years ago and going away wishing I had a Dave Martin.

"I heard he was available and willing to come and show us what he could do. It was a terrific display from him, I thought he was exceptional.

"There's plenty of injury issues in our camp and we're a relatively small squad, so it's difficult for us. But we're showing the fighting spirit that you need for these situations."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 2Austin
  • 26Harrison
  • 29Mirfin
  • 21Duckworth
  • 7Franks
  • 14Woods
  • 31TshibolaBooked at 90mins
  • 11Compton
  • 9HarewoodSubstituted forFenwickat 45'minutes
  • 30MorganSubstituted forJonesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Walker
  • 13Maxted
  • 16Featherstone
  • 17Fenwick
  • 19Richards
  • 20Jones
  • 27Jones

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 8Walton
  • 3Dembele
  • 19Wells
  • 34Deacon
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 6Bond
  • 18ParrettSubstituted forLeeat 77'minutes
  • 33KennedySubstituted forJohnsonat 90'minutes
  • 50MartinSubstituted forAndradeat 72'minutes
  • 20Beardsley

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 10Zola
  • 11Pett
  • 22Lee
  • 24Johnson
  • 27Johnson
  • 36Andrade
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
3,388

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home5
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Stevenage 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Stevenage 3.

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United).

Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Danny Johnson replaces Ben Kennedy.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Neil Austin.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United).

Simon Walton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United).

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Bira Dembélé (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Lee replaces Dean Parrett.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jordan Jones replaces Marvin Morgan.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Dave Martin.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Dean Parrett.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Stevenage 3. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United).

Simon Walton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Chris Whelpdale.

Attempt missed. Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Chris Whelpdale.

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

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Stevenage 2. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Dave Martin with a cross.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dave Martin (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Stevenage 1. Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Franks.

Attempt missed. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Stevenage 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Fenwick replaces Marlon Harewood.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Stevenage 1.

Foul by Simon Walton (Stevenage).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury31187645202561
2Burton31187643271661
3Wycombe311511542251756
4Luton301510537231455
5Southend3115973426854
6Newport3114893937250
7Plymouth311471037221549
8Bury31147104235749
9Stevenage31136124239345
10Exeter321110114245-343
11Northampton31125144842641
12Morecambe30118113129241
13Wimbledon30118114040041
14Accrington30123153950-1139
15Cambridge30107134438637
16Portsmouth30910113033-337
17Oxford Utd31810133340-734
18Dag & Red3097143239-734
19Carlisle31103183853-1533
20York31614113137-632
21Mansfield3088142538-1332
22Tranmere30710133037-731
23Cheltenham3179152747-2030
24Hartlepool3166192453-2924
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