Fraser and Brett get Teddy off the mark

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Nick Lough­lin

JOY and cel­e­bra­tion? Teddy Sher­ing­ham’s first win as a football man­ager was marked with a non­cha­lant smile.

It has taken five at­tempts, but the newlyap­pointed Steve­nage boss is off the mark.

The per­for­mance wasn’t pretty, but it was a start­ing point for the much-cel­e­brated for­mer in­ter­na­tional goalscorer.

Af­ter three defeats and a draw, goals from Fraser Franks and Brett Wil­liams got Sher­ing­ham off the mark and en­sured Hartle­pool United lost their 100 per cent record for the sea­son.

“Re­lief? No not re­ally, I’m en­joy­ing it – it’s all good fun,” in­sisted Sher­ing­ham.

“We are a young side and we didn’t want to give much away on Fri­day and we had to read­just and take stock of things.

“I think when you are try­ing to get your first point you are ner­vous and that was the case.

“We knew this wasn’t go­ing to be an easy game – they are fly­ing high and have had a very good start to the sea­son.

“If they had half a chance then we knew they could be back into it, so it was a case of mak­ing sure we don’t con­cede and see­ing the game out.”

Char­lie Lee should have given the home side the lead, but scuffed wide from close range in the open­ing min­utes be­fore vis­it­ing striker Rak­ish Bing­ham fired at ‘keeper Chris Day from ten yards.

Lively wide man Dipo Akinyemi had a shot de­flected wide for Sher­ing­ham’s side be­fore a dan­ger­ous cross evaded Lee.

But they took the lead on 45 min­utes when Franks headed in a cor­ner from the left by Steven Schu­macher. It took Pools un­til the 75th minute be­fore they got go­ing. Sub­sti­tute Rhys Oates got in on goal, but his touch was heavy and Mark Hughes cleared off the line.

Then Bing­ham sliced a shot into the side net­ting and Ebby Nel­son-Addy had a goal-bound shot stopped on the line, with Pools claim­ing hand­ball. But it was game over with two min­utes to go as Wil­liams latched onto a long ball and fin­ished.

Pools boss Ron­nie Moore said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing, it wasn’t a great game and we were slow starters.

“We get done in in­jury time and that’s dis­ap­point­ing.

“We work all week on set plays and the ben­e­fit of set plays and we con­cede one on half-time. Then they score from a long ball and it’s sloppy.

“We never got go­ing, there wasn’t any­thing in the game, it was just about de­fend­ing the ar­eas.

“The game was there for the tak­ing, they were there to get beat and it we started with tempo like we should have done it would have been dif­fer­ent.

“It’s been a good start to the sea­son, but we have to come here and match them.”

STAR MAN DIPO AKINYE

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