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Hartlepool United 1-0 Wrexham

Wrexham's National League title ambitions took another blow as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool.

After starting strongly, the Dragons gave away a penalty on 24 minutes when Shaun Pearson brought down Josh Hawkes.

Despite Wrexham goalkeeper Rob Lainton getting more than a strong hand to the ball, Hawkes brushed himself off to score his fourth goal in four games.

The visitors pushed for an equaliser but Pools held firm to climb to 12th in the table, while Wrexham stay third.

Wrexham remain a point behind leaders Leyton Orient after their third defeat in four games.

But FA Trophy finalists Orient now have three games in hand over the Dragons.

Manager Bryan Hughes told BBC Sport Wales:

"This is the most annoyed I have been as Wrexham manager. It hurts more than losing to Barrow. We made Hartlepool look good and that disappoints me.

"We were second best. That is the harsh reality. The players need to really look at themselves and start standing up.

"We threw it away with 10 games to go last season. The quicker we get that out of the players the better.

"We need to regroup and refocus. We had an opportunity and we have not taken it."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Loach
  • 2Kioso
  • 20CunninghamSubstituted forKitchingat 30'minutes
  • 16Featherstone
  • 17Anderson
  • 15Kerr
  • 6NobleBooked at 52minsSubstituted forJamesat 76'minutes
  • 7Donaldson
  • 11HawkesSubstituted forBaleat 85'minutes
  • 21Molyneux
  • 29Kabamba

Substitutes

  • 3Kitching
  • 10Muir
  • 14Holohan
  • 26Bale
  • 33James

Wrexham

  • 18Lainton
  • 3JenningsBooked at 90mins
  • 5PearsonBooked at 58mins
  • 15McGlashanSubstituted forBeavonat 60'minutes
  • 8Young
  • 6Kennedy
  • 14Rutherford
  • 20Wright
  • 28AgustienSubstituted forSpyrouat 70'minutes
  • 30Lawlor
  • 10Holroyd

Substitutes

  • 1Dibble
  • 2Roberts
  • 17Deverdics
  • 19Spyrou
  • 23Beavon
Referee:
Marc Edwards
Attendance:
3,888

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Wrexham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Wrexham 0.

Booking

James Jennings (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Adam Bale replaces Josh Hawkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Luke James replaces Liam Noble.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Anthony Spyrou replaces Kemy Agustien.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Stuart Beavon replaces Jermaine McGlashan.

Booking

Shaun Pearson (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Liam Noble (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second Half

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Wrexham 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Wrexham 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Mark Kitching replaces Aaron Cunningham.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Wrexham 0. Josh Hawkes (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient372110661283373
2Solihull Moors392271062362673
3Wrexham402191047301772
4Salford392010964382670
5Fylde371813663323167
6Harrogate3919101071482367
7Eastleigh38197124946364
8Gateshead391881350391162
9Ebbsfleet3917101255371861
10Sutton United401612124849-160
11Barrow401511144545056
12Hartlepool401313144853-552
13Bromley39149165558-351
14Halifax391117113535050
15Chesterfield401116134647-149
16Dag & Red38138174447-347
17Barnet371210153444-1046
18Boreham Wood391014154051-1144
19Maidenhead United39135213962-2344
20Dover391110184559-1443
21Havant & Waterlooville39911195368-1538
22Aldershot3998223161-3035
23Maidstone United3985263067-3729
24Braintree4077263974-3528
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