Hard-earned point but still Pools re­grets

Sunday Sun - - Football -


ONE point gained or two points dropped?

It’s dif­fi­cult to know how Hartle­pool United boss Craig Har­ri­son will truly feel about their Woking draw.

Hav­ing taken the lead in the 26th minute cour­tesy of for­mer New­cas­tle United for­ward Ryan Don­ald­son, Pools looked to be cruis­ing to­wards yet an­other im­pres­sive away day win, fol­low­ing on from their Ley­ton Ori­ent tri­umph ear­lier this month.

But, hav­ing put in an al­most pass per­fect 45 on their trav­els, they were hit with a sucker punch on the stroke of half­time as Jamie Philpott guided home to square things up.

And that’s the way it stayed as Pools missed out on the chance to edge into the top half for the first time this sea­son.

After a bright open­ing from the home side, in which Scott Loach was called into ac­tion to deny Philpot an opener, Pools caught their hosts on the break.

Wide­man Don­ald­son ghosted in at the back post just be­fore the half hour to guide home a Jonathan Franks cross.

Pools were inches away from mak­ing it 2-0 soon after when Liam Don­nelly flicked a sump­tu­ous Nicky Deverdics de­liv­ery past the far post.

To­tally in con­trol Pools looked head and shoul­ders above Woking, who, with a win, could have climbed to sec­ond in the table.

But de­spite tak­ing the game by the scruff of the neck, Pools showed their frail­ties of old two min­utes into added time as a cross from the right was di­verted home by Philpot, against the run of play.

And with that the bal­ance of play again switched, with Woking pep­per­ing Loach’s goal into the sec­ond pe­riod.

Want­ing to in­ject some fresh im­pe­tus Pools turned to De­vante Rod­ney and Rhys Oates off the bench and the for­mer al­most won it for the vis­i­tors late on when he di­verted a long ball past keeper Nathan Bax­ter and on to the post.

At the other end, Inih Ef­fiong ham­mered a ris­ing ef­fort off the un­der­side of Loach’s bar from close range with the last kick of the game as Pools sur­vived.

“I am never happy with just a point,” said boss Har­ri­son. “If you look at it Woking have got the best home record in the league, so we have to be pleased.

“They are one point off the top and while we are never sat­is­fied, as we did not win, given the cir­cum­stances we will take a point.”

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