Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Sutton United 3.
Hartlepool United 1-3 Sutton United
Harry Beautyman scored twice as Sutton United eased to a convincing opening day win at Hartlepool.
The midfielder glanced in a header from Dale Bennett's pinpoint cross to open the scoring, but Hartlepool responded, with Nicke Kabamba's 20-yard shot coming back off a post.
But Sutton doubled their lead when Beautyman drilled a low shot past Ben Killip following good play from Tom Bolarinwa.
Pools pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time when Gime Toure cut in from the right, beat a defender and drove the ball into the bottom corner.
Young Hartlepool defender Kenton Richardson left the field on a stretcher with 20 minutes remaining, and Kabamba screwed a shot wide shortly after.
Jason Kennedy saw an effort blocked by Sutton goalkeeper Jamie Butler, but the visitors sealed the points in stoppage-time through Will Randall's neat finish following a swift counter-attack.
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- 19RichardsonSubstituted forFeatherstoneat 70'minutes
- 22Crichlow-NobleBooked at 43minsSubstituted forKitchingat 80'minutes
- 23ToureSubstituted forHolohanat 83'minutes
- 4BardenBooked at 50mins
- 5GoodliffeSubstituted forMatsuzakaat 90'minutes
- 7BolarinwaSubstituted forAjiboyeat 59'minutes
- 27JarvisSubstituted forBugielat 85'minutes
- Steven Copeland
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Sutton United 3.
Substitution, Sutton United. Daniel Matsuzaka replaces Ben Goodliffe.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Sutton United 3. Will Randall (Sutton United).
Substitution, Sutton United. Omar Bugiel replaces Aaron Jarvis.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Gavan Holohan replaces Gime Toure.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Mark Kitching replaces Romoney Crichlow-Noble.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nicky Featherstone replaces Kenton Richardson.
Substitution, Sutton United. David Ajiboye replaces Tom Bolarinwa.
Jonathan Barden (Sutton United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Sutton United 2.
First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Sutton United 2.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Sutton United 2. Gime Toure (Hartlepool United).
Romoney Crichlow-Noble (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Sutton United 2. Harry Beautyman (Sutton United).
Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Sutton United 1. Harry Beautyman (Sutton United).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.