Pools have last word in late drama

Sunday Sun - - Football -

HARTLE­POOL United can’t help but do it the hard way. And the dra­matic way.

Pools snatched their sec­ond last­ditch win­ner of the week at Soli­hull Moors where Jon Franks slot­ted home in the fi­nal minute of stop­page time.

The for­mer Ross County for­ward’s fifth goal of the sea­son lifted Craig Har­ri­son’s team to 13th in the Na­tional League, just one point out­side the play-offs.

It came just days af­ter Michael Woods had headed a win­ner in the last minute of added time in the 1-0 vic­tory over Bar­row at Vic­to­ria Park. But this was just as good. Franks’s cool right-foot fin­ish was a re­mark­able re­sponse from Pools who had just got pegged back at 1-1 fol­low­ing con­ced­ing a dis­puted 86th-minute penalty.

“That was never in a hun­dred years a penalty,” said Har­ri­son of sub Richard Brodie’s fall un­der Carl Magnay’s tackle.

“Was it the wind that blew him over? He’s done his job and got the de­ci­sion and the lad has tucked it away.

“But the lads showed the grit, char­ac­ter, de­ter­mi­na­tion, com­mit­ment and to­geth­er­ness to go and win the game.

“We showed again to­day that we have a win­ning men­tal­ity and we won’t just set­tle for a point away from home.

“If you are look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture a point away from home might be a good point if you win your home matches.

“But the boys went for the win in those last few min­utes and got us a fan­tas­tic re­sult.”

Play­ing in front of a record Dam­son Park crowd, and a new man­ager, Soli­hull were un­recog­nis­able from the side who have slid to sec- ond bot­tom spot.

With Richard Money in the dugout the home play­ers seemed in­spired by the oc­ca­sion.

Pools were for­tu­nate to sur­vive in the fi­nal minute of the half when Ge­orge Car­line’s free header was saved by Scott Loach on to his cross­bar be­fore the ball was scram­bled away.

Har­ri­son re­acted to a sub­dued first half by mak­ing dou­ble change for the sec­ond 45.

Jack Munns and Rhys Oates came on for Lewis Hawkins and James Thorne and what a change as Pools were ahead in­side 60 sec­onds.

Munns pro­duced some su­per work on the left of area and his cross was turned into the net by Oates from in­side the six-yard box.

De­vante Rod­ney fired wide soon af­ter be­fore his pow­er­ful 57th-minute drive stung the hands of Moors stopper Nathan Vaughan.

Pools looked as though they were head­ing to a pro­fes­sional one-goal win un­til Matthew Dono­hue pointed to spot af­ter Brodie went to ground from Magnay’s chal­lenge.

Cap­tain Carter as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­ity and sent Loach the wrong way from 12 yards.

Would Pools have to set­tle from a point? Not this team. Munns de­liv­ered a last-minute free-kick into the box and when it was flicked on, Franks ap­plied the fin­ish.

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