MOORE MAGIC PUSHES POOLS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Hannah

FOR the first time since Oc­to­ber, Hartle­pool United are off the bot­tom of the Foot­ball League.

Four wins in a row – the lat­est against Cam­bridge United yes­ter­day – mean Pools have jumped over Chel­tenham and Tran­mere.

And with the mo­men­tum gen­er­ated by boss Ron­nie Moore there is a real be­lief they can re­main there.

Pools looked down and out a month ago, they have been bot­tom for so long they were in dan­ger of tak­ing root in 24th spot and the Con­fer­ence beck­oned.

In­stead, Moore’s charisma and spark has rubbed off on a group of play­ers who looked lost and lead­er­less for so long.

Mo­men­tum goes a long way in foot­ball and Pools now have it in spades.

And now, Moore is ask­ing if the other teams can now han­dle the pres­sure of be­ing in the rel­e­ga­tion fight af­ter Pools were writ­ten off by many.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic, the joy at the end is good but we’ve not achieved any­thing yet,’’ said Moore.

“We are out of the bot­tom two and it looked three weeks ago like it wouldn’t hap­pen.

“All praise to the lads, they’ve chased and har­ried and we have earned the re­sults that have gone for us.”

Pools had their big­gest crowd of the sea­son in­side Vic­to­ria Park, with over 5,000 in at­ten­dance af­ter the club re­duced ticket prices to £10.

And Moore added: “The crowd came to the fore at the end, it’s so nerve-wrack­ing.

“We are off the bot­tom, it’s a great lift.We don’t want to go back in there – and I will en­joy my pint tonight.’’

Brad Walker net­ted Pools’ win­ner the pre­vi­ous week and he got them ahead this time.

The mid­fielder latched onto a loose clear­ance and deftly lifted a header over goal­keeper Chris Dunn from eight yards. But then Pools sat off and al­lowed The U’s back into the game.

With only one win in 14 games, Richard Money’s side al­most drew level as a shot from Liam Hughes cracked off the post.

But they did re­store par­ity as striker Matt Har­rold had a shot stopped by Scott Flinders, and he squeezed a sec­ond ef­fort low un­der the Pools keeper from an an­gle.

Pools found a win­ner from an un­likely source – cen­tre-half Scott Har­ri­son.

For his first goal in pro­fes­sional foot­ball, he thumped a fine vol­ley into the net from the edge of the penalty area and Pools were out of the bot­tom two.

U’s boss Money said af­ter­wards: “We played against a fiercely com­mit­ted group who have turned a cor­ner, they are on a good run and have found some mo­men­tum.

“We found it very dif­fi­cult to cope with. The team who de­served to win the game won it. We were sec­ond best.

“We are still fight­ing for points and we still need some to make sure we are ab­so­lutely safe.

“Fri­day’s the next op­por­tu­nity to get them and we will do ev­ery­thing to get over the line as soon as pos­si­ble.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

GREAT SCOTT: Hartle­pool United’s Scott Har­ri­son is mobbed af­ter he scor­ing his side’s win­ner, inset

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