Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Morecambe 0.
Hartlepool made the perfect start to the new season with victory over Morecambe at Victoria Park.
Billy Paynter opened the scoring on his competitive debut for Pools, heading in his 100th league goal.
Morecambe looked to equalise, but Jamie Devitt and Lee Molyneux wasted chances to level either side of half-time.
Rakish Bingham doubled the lead when he rifled in from Paynter's chipped through ball and although Morecambe hit the post late on Pools held on to win.
- 21DuckworthBooked at 89mins
- 5HarrisonBooked at 30mins
- 2MagnayBooked at 84mins
- 17FenwickBooked at 48minsSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
- 9BinghamSubstituted forOatesat 87'minutes
- 6EdwardsBooked at 90mins
- 8MurphySubstituted forKenyonat 11'minutes
- 10MolyneuxSubstituted forMillerat 71'minutes
- 12MullinBooked at 84minsSubstituted forRyanat 85'minutes
- Darren England
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Morecambe 0.
Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Edwards (Morecambe).
Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Adam Bartlett.
Attempt saved. Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).
Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).
Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Andy Parrish.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rhys Oates replaces Rakish Bingham.
Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Ryan replaces Paul Mullin.
Paul Mullin (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Mullin (Morecambe).
Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United).