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Hartlepool United 2-0 Stevenage

New Hartlepool manager Dave Jones looked on as goals from Nicky Featherstone and Brad Walker earned the hosts a much-needed win over Stevenage.

Jones, watching the action from the stands ahead of taking charge on Monday, saw the hosts produce an accomplished display at the Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

Pools dominated possession from the off but spurned a great chance to take the lead when striker Rhys Oates was denied from the penalty spot following Ronnie Henry's 40th-minute handball.

It mattered little, though, as the hosts netted twice in the next six minutes.

Featherstone grabbed the opener, firing into the roof of the net after seeing an initial effort superbly saved by Jamie Jones, before Walker, restored to the starting line-up, turned home a second following good work from Oates.

Stevenage responded well in the second half, with Matt Godden twice rattling the crossbar either side of a Tom Pett header which went narrowly wide.

But Hartlepool, who also went close through substitute Padraig Amond, ultimately secured a deserved victory.

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Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 13Bartlett
  • 33Donnelly
  • 6Bates
  • 26Harrison
  • 39Kavanagh
  • 8WalkerSubstituted forLaurentat 81'minutes
  • 4Featherstone
  • 14Woods
  • 18Hawkins
  • 11OatesBooked at 61minsSubstituted forAmondat 74'minutes
  • 15AlessandraSubstituted forThomasat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Thomas
  • 9Amond
  • 28Laurent
  • 29Martin
  • 35Richardson
  • 38Rodney
  • 41Catterick

Stevenage

  • 1Jones
  • 5Franks
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 25Henry
  • 17GormanSubstituted forTongeat 73'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 22LeeBooked at 87mins
  • 8Schumacher
  • 23CowansSubstituted forMcQuoidat 62'minutes
  • 11Pett
  • 14KennedySubstituted forLoftat 81'minutes
  • 24Godden

Substitutes

  • 7McAnuff
  • 9Liburd
  • 10McQuoid
  • 16Day
  • 18Tonge
  • 27Johnson
  • 35Loft
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
3,363

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Stevenage 0.

Foul by Ryan Loft (Stevenage).

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

Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Tom Pett (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Steven Schumacher (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Charlie Lee (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Michael Tonge (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Tonge (Stevenage).

Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Matt Godden (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nathan Thomas replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Michael Tonge.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

Attempt saved. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Matt Godden (Stevenage) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ryan Loft replaces Ben Kennedy.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Laurent replaces Brad Walker.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Tonge (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Padraig Amond replaces Rhys Oates.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Tonge replaces Dale Gorman.

Foul by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Fraser Franks.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Josh McQuoid replaces Henry Cowans.

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United).

Booking

Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster27184555342158
2Plymouth26173643281554
3Carlisle271212348371148
4Portsmouth26136740261445
5Wycombe2612773428643
6Luton26119637241342
7Colchester2711794134740
8Barnet27101073737040
9Exeter261231139271239
10Cambridge2611693629739
11Grimsby27116103531439
12Mansfield2791082930-137
13Blackpool2699838271136
14Crawley25105103138-735
15Stevenage27103144046-633
16Yeovil2688102831-332
17Morecambe2594123243-1131
18Hartlepool2779113544-930
19Crewe27610112639-1328
20Accrington2668122435-1126
21Leyton Orient2674152839-1125
22Cheltenham2659122839-1124
23Notts County2765162850-2223
24Newport2647152945-1619
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