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Boreham Wood 2-2 Hartlepool United: Pools turn to winger Oates in goal after keeper injury

Rhys Oates
Rhys Oates went in goal on 54 minutes and did not concede for Hartlepool

Hartlepool United came away with a point from Boreham Wood thanks to Richie Bennett's late equaliser - despite playing 54 minutes without a recognised goalkeeper.

Ben Killip went off on 36 minutes with the score at 2-1 and, without a substitute goalkeeper, winger Rhys Oates was forced to don the gloves.

Oates kept a clean sheet in his portion of the match and Pools levelled late on through Bennett's header.

"Rhys was always going to be the one who went in goal," boss Dave Challinor told BBC Radio Tees.

"I suppose lads will try themselves in goals in training and things, and he's done alright to be fair.

"He's gone a bit nuts from diving around, he's kicked it well and he's a decent size. He's not had a quiet afternoon, he's put in good quality and the second-half contributed in a positive to getting us a point."

Tyrone Marsh had earlier fired the hosts ahead on five minutes at Meadow Park, but Gavan Holohan levelled for Hartlepool a minute later after latching onto Jamie Sterry's pass.

Corey Whitely put Boreham Wood ahead again, surging forward and tapping home at the near post in the 26th minute.

The loss of Killip put Pools under pressure but they held out and the late equaliser helped keep them pressure on leaders Sutton despite the dropped points.


Boreham Wood

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ashmore
  • 3Ilesanmi
  • 5Champion
  • 10MurtaghSubstituted forRheadat 80'minutes
  • 4RickettsBooked at 75mins
  • 12Fyfield
  • 8Mafuta
  • 11Whitely
  • 19Smith
  • 9Tshimanga
  • 23Marsh


  • 6Stephens
  • 7Mingoia
  • 15Rhead
  • 17Huddart
  • 20McDonnell


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1KillipSubstituted forBennettat 37'minutes
  • 23Sterry
  • 2Cass
  • 8Featherstone
  • 5Odusina
  • 4Liddle
  • 3Ferguson
  • 14Holohan
  • 6SheltonSubstituted forMolyneuxat 69'minutes
  • 11Oates
  • 29ArmstrongBooked at 84mins


  • 7Donaldson
  • 10Molyneux
  • 18Williams
  • 19White
  • 39Bennett
Alan Dale

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Boreham Wood 2, Hartlepool United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Boreham Wood 2, Hartlepool United 2.

  3. Booking

    Luke Armstrong (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Boreham Wood. Matt Rhead replaces Kieran Murtagh.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Boreham Wood 2, Hartlepool United 2. Richie Bennett (Hartlepool United).

  6. Booking

    Mark Ricketts (Boreham Wood) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Luke Molyneux replaces Mark Shelton.

  8. Second Half

    Second Half begins Boreham Wood 2, Hartlepool United 1.

  9. Half Time

    First Half ends, Boreham Wood 2, Hartlepool United 1.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Richie Bennett replaces Ben Killip.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Boreham Wood 2, Hartlepool United 1. Corey Whitely (Boreham Wood).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Boreham Wood 1, Hartlepool United 1. Gavan Holohan (Hartlepool United).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Boreham Wood 1, Hartlepool United 0. Tyrone Marsh (Boreham Wood).

  14. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  15. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

As It Stood

1Sutton United31189451262563
5Notts County29157741251652
11Boreham Wood3191483733441
14Maidenhead United28116114140139
15Solihull Moors30116133234-239
17Dag & Red31107142940-1137
21King's Lynn2976163558-2327
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