Ben’s big mo­ment earns the

U’s a point

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

A WIN, a de­feat and a draw – Hartle­pool United are noth­ing if not in­con­sis­tent.

But boss Ron­nie Moore has wit­nessed some progress from his side in the last week.

They were only de­nied a de­served win at Cam­bridge by a 90th-minute Ben Wil­liamson lev­eller, which left the Pools boss dis­ap­pointed, but con­fi­dent of an up­turn in for­tunes.

“It’s hard to take, we should have been out of sight with the chances we had,” he mused.“Their keeper made good saves, but you al­ways know at 10 they will launch it, gi­ants up top.

“We had a bit of luck with one or two open­ings and late on they got one – un­de­served. We should have won it, but the pleas­ing thing is we didn’t lose it.”

This was, in fact, Pools’ first away draw of the sea­son as they dis­played some wel­come de­fen­sive nous.

Cen­tre-halves Matthew Bates and Adam Jack­son were solid, the lat­ter af­ter be­ing up all night Fri­day with a sick­ness bug.

Pools took the game to the Us from the off, as loan sign­ing El­lis Har­ri­son struck the in­side of the post, be­fore he was forced off and he could be back at Bris­tol Rovers for the re­main­der of his month’s loan.

Home keeper Will Nor­ris was out­stand­ing, and made a fine dou­ble save to deny Har­ri­son and then Michael Woods. Op­po­site num­ber Trevor Car­son was a spec­ta­tor.

And the se­cond half started with Jake Gray twice be­ing kept out by Nor­ris af­ter be­ing played in by Woods.

Gray did find the net when he clipped a low fin­ish un­der the keeper.

The Us bom­barded the Pools area, and thanks to some firm de­fend­ing looked set for the win, be­fore a rak­ing Ryan Don­ald­son ball landed for Wil­liamson to turn in.

Moore added:“We wanted a re­ac­tion to mid­week, only one team should have won it.We cre­ated chances, their keeper gets man of the match.

“We started on the front foot, bossed it and I can’t re­mem­ber Trevor Car­son mak­ing too many saves.

“One of ours just af­ter half­time had to go in, but at least we are cre­at­ing. Go two-up and their one goal doesn’t mat­ter, means noth­ing. In­stead it cost us a win and we hung on.”

Home boss Shaun Derry said:“I’m dis­ap­pointed, ab­so­lutely by the fact we didn’t per­form like we can do, but a huge pos­i­tive in the last 15 min­utes. We looked like the team go­ing on to win.

“I’m con­cerned and dis­ap­pointed in the man­ner we con­ceded, our keeper made two or three very good saves.

“I’m a mas­sive fan of Will (Nor­ris). It’s up to me to de­velop him into a firm num­ber one. Ten of the other lads didn’t pro­duce out there.”

STAR MAN WILL NOR­RIS Cambr

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