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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.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 4Sutton
  • 18Ginnelly
  • 8Harris
  • 5McNulty
  • 15Norburn
  • 24Hughes
  • 29ColeSubstituted forDugganat 68'minutes
  • 10Norwood
  • 9Cook

Substitutes

  • 19Mangan
  • 20Duggan
  • 22Taylor
  • 31Clarke
  • 33Monthe

Hartlepool

  • 1Loach
  • 23Laing
  • 3Adams
  • 18HawkinsBooked at 72mins
  • 24Newton
  • 22DonnellyBooked at 50mins
  • 2Magnay
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forHawkesat 90+2'minutes
  • 4FeatherstoneSubstituted forHarrisonat 90+2'minutes
  • 21RodneySubstituted forOatesat 59'minutes
  • 9CassidyBooked at 32mins

Substitutes

  • 5Harrison
  • 11Oates
  • 13Catterick
  • 15Hawkes
  • 16Orrell
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
5,499

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Hartlepool United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Hartlepool United 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Harrison replaces Nicky Featherstone.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Ryan Donaldson.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Hartlepool United 2. Jeff Hughes (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Hartlepool United 2. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United).

Booking

Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Mitch Duggan replaces Larnell Cole.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rhys Oates replaces Devante Rodney.

Booking

Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Hartlepool United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Hartlepool United 1.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Hartlepool United 1. Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a.

Booking

Jake Cassidy (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Macclesfield462711867462192
2Tranmere4624101278463282
3Sutton United4623101367531479
4Boreham Wood4620151164471775
5Aldershot4620151164521275
6Ebbsfleet4619171064501474
7Fylde4620131382562673
8Dover4620131362441873
9Bromley4619131475581770
10Wrexham4617191049391070
11Dag & Red461911166962768
12Maidenhead United461713166566-164
13Leyton Orient461612185856260
14Eastleigh461317166572-756
15Hartlepool461414185363-1056
16Halifax461316174858-1055
17Gateshead461218166258454
18Solihull Moors461412204960-1154
19Maidstone United461315185264-1254
20Barrow461116195163-1249
21Woking46139245576-2148
22Torquay461012244573-2842
23Chester46813254279-3737
24Guiseley46712274489-4533
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