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

WITH their man­ager miss­ing, Hartle­pool United made it three wins from three to pro­vide Ron­nie Moore with a per­fect pick-me-up.

Moore last week flew to Spain to be with his fam­ily, af­ter his young daugh­ter fell ill and was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with pneu­mo­nia.

In the ca­pa­ble hands of as­sis­tant boss Sam Collins, Pools turned in a dogged and de­ter­mined dis­play to see off a phys­i­cal York City and give Moore a boost.

The man­ager is ex­pected to be back in the dugout for Tues­day’s home game with New­port – but on this dis­play there’s no rush for him to be back.

The Min­ster­men were strong and di­rect and turned the screw on Pools in the first-half, but couldn’t find a break­through.

Reece Thompson gave them the lead in the sec­ond-half, bundling in from close range for his first goal since step­ping up to the pro­fes­sional game from Frick­ley Ath­letic.

But Pools’ skip­per and tal­is­man Billy Paynter fired his side level with a sublime fin­ish from 18 yards be­fore Michael Woods won it.

And both man­agers agreed, Paynter’s piece of magic changed the whole com­plex­ion of the game.

Af­ter be­ing fed by Jake Car­roll, Paynter arced a tremen­dous shot high into the top cor­ner of the net to send the 1,834 away fans wild.

“I felt Billy Paynter was the dif­fer­ence from the mo­ment he pro­duced that bit of magic, it changed the mind­set of ev­ery­one in the game,’’ be­moaned home boss Russ Wil­cox.

And Collins said: “Billy scored a su­perb goal. If he keeps do­ing what he is do­ing – ev­ery­thing he touches turns to gold.

“He works hard, never stops and what a goal.’’

Paynter now has three goals in three games for Pools since sign­ing from Carlisle in the sum­mer.

He was up against three dom­i­nant home de­fend­ers in the first-half as the Min­ster­men won the phys­i­cal bat­tle by some dis­tance.

Pools’ keeper Adam Bartlett was inspired in the open­ing half, as he was busy from the off. From a high cross for Vadaine Oliver, the striker climbed above Matthew Bates and his low header was kept out. The stop­per then tipped over a Dave Win­field header and Jake Car­roll knocked off the line from a Rus­sell Penn header.

De­fender Scott Har­ri­son al­lowed Oliver in but his low ef­fort curled into Bartlett. Pools had two first-half chances, Woods de­nied by Win­field be­fore Rak­ish Bing­ham curled wide of the far post.

But Pools’ first win at Bootham Cre­sent since 1988 was sealed as Woods turned in Bing­ham’s cross from close range.

Wil­cox added: “It’s a cruel game, I asked lads to be more en­ter­tain­ing at home this sea­son and for the first 45 min­utes we were.We had nu­mer­ous open­ings and eight corners but it boiled down to what hap­pens in both boxes and we needed to be a bit more clin­i­cal in there.’’

And Collins beamed: “The lads were dif­fer­ent class.We didn’t play as well as we have done, but away from home you have to dig in.”

PIC­TURE: Gor­don Clay­ton


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