Barmby’s lob gives FAB fans late boost

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

IT wasn’t quite In­ter­na­tional Res­cue – but just when it looked like Hartle­pool United were go­ing to lose an un­healthy 21st game of the sea­son, up popped Jack Barmby to save them.

Pools, on their fi­nal and long­est away game of the sea­son, were backed by around 200 sup­port­ers dressed as Thun­der­birds pup­pets, in keep­ing with their re­cent tra­di­tion of end­ing the sea­son in style.

And the fancy dress bri­gade were cel­e­brat­ing when the Manch­ester United loa­nee coolly lifted the ball over Ply­mouth keeper Jake Cole for a de­served equaliser.

His goal came af­ter de­fender Dur­rell Berry left a header aimed at Cole way short and Barmby nipped in to pounce.

Boss Colin Cooper said: “Jack’s goal was very com­posed. For a young player there has been an aw­ful lot of pos­i­tive in his time with us and made a very valu­able con­tri­bu­tion. At times there will be ups and downs and we have had five goals.We ac­cept he is 19 and gives us plenty of pos­i­tive things.

“The fans were bril­liant, I’ve long looked for­ward to it. It was trend­ing on Twit­ter this morn­ing and it was a sight to be­hold. I’m so pleased with what has gone on and they can go home happy with a pos­i­tive re­sult.’’

But the Pil­grims took the lead, Ja­son Ban­ton scor­ing a classy in­di­vid- ual ef­fort, not long af­ter big striker Enoch Showumni had twice gone close, land­ing one shot on the roof of the net, be­fore turn­ing over from close range.

Ban­ton cut in from the left flank and waltzed through the Pools de­fence to bend his fin­ish into the far cor­ner of the net.

Bradley Walker went close for Pools, test­ing Cole from dis­tance, be­fore the keeper kept out a fierce Barmby shot from 25 yards. Af­ter Pools lev­elled, and in a fran­tic fin­ish, vis­it­ing winger Jack Comp­ton broke away, and his shot from the edge of the area hit the post with Cole beaten.

At the other end, Pools stopper Flin­ders was re­lieved to see a curl­ing free­kick from Conor Houri­hane can­non back off the frame of the goal in in­jury time.

Pil­grims boss John Sheridan said:“Was there an end of sea­son feel about it? I would have liked to have won for the fans more than any­one.

“I thought we were go­ing to win it, and played well in patches in lovely con­di­tions.

“We then went on the back foot for no rea­son and it all went flat. I would have liked to have won, but I put a team out to win it and we didn’t which was a shame re­ally.”

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