Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Hartlepool United 2.
Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Hartlepool United
Hartlepool United ended a difficult National League season with victory against play-off semi-final bound Tranmere Rovers.
Andy Cook had the first chance of the game for Rovers but goalkeeper Scott Loach held his low shot.
Pools responded, with Jake Cassidy not too far away with an overhead-kick attempt, while Lewis Hawkins' volley was saved by the legs of Scott Davies.
Loach produced a stunning stop to deny James Norwood as he raced through on goal, but it was the visitors who were ahead at the break.
Liam Donnelly, back in the side after injury, slotted home a penalty to send the Hartlepool fans - most dressed as clowns - wild.
Substitute Rhys Oates came close to doubling Hartlepool's advantage with a chipped effort after the break, while at the other end Cook dragged a shot wide from close in.
Oates did make it 2-0 with a neat flick, but Tranmere were straight back in the game when Jeff Hughes curled home a free-kick.
Rovers, who finished second in the table despite the result, pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages, but Hartlepool stood firm.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 29ColeSubstituted forDugganat 68'minutes
- 18HawkinsBooked at 72mins
- 22DonnellyBooked at 50mins
- 7DonaldsonSubstituted forHawkesat 90+2'minutes
- 4FeatherstoneSubstituted forHarrisonat 90+2'minutes
- 21RodneySubstituted forOatesat 59'minutes
- 9CassidyBooked at 32mins
- Sam Purkiss
Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Hartlepool United 2.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Harrison replaces Nicky Featherstone.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Ryan Donaldson.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Hartlepool United 2. Jeff Hughes (Tranmere Rovers).
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Hartlepool United 2. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United).
Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Mitch Duggan replaces Larnell Cole.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rhys Oates replaces Devante Rodney.
Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Hartlepool United 1.
First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Hartlepool United 1.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Hartlepool United 1. Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a.
Jake Cassidy (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.