The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

was nice to get a goal and three points. I said to the boys that the video of the goal will be go­ing straight on my In­sta­gram.

“It’s good to take the mo­men­tum into the New Year with a win at home, hope­fully we can kick on now.

“The way things are go­ing, the po­si­tion we are in, it was just mas­sively im­por­tant to get the three points.”

The open­ing goal came on ten min­utes when Amond con­trolled a loose ball be­fore vol­ley­ing over Barry Roche.

Club cap­tain Payn­ter then got in on the act three min­utes later when he con­verted from the spot af­ter Ryan Edwards had han­dled be­fore Feather­stone fin­ished for 3-0.

The Shrimps, who saw Rhys Turner hit the bar in first-half in­jury time, scored af­ter 52 min­utes when Flem­ing’s shot was de­flected in.

But Hartle­pool man­aged to weather the storm, with Edwards’ scram­bled ef­fort with the last kick of the game a mere foot­note.

More­cambe boss Jim Bent­ley said: “Goals change games and it gives them a bit of a leg up but we were ok at 1-0.

“But that sec­ond goal was an ab­so­lute dis­grace. I’ve got to be care­ful what I say but I seem to be say­ing the same thing. How the ref­eree has not seen that’s a foul on Ryan Edwards for the hand­ball, I do not know. Then at 2-0 it’s all hands to the pump. “We hit the cross­bar right on half-time, we knew we could get goals. We kept huff­ing and puff­ing but we just lacked that bit of com­po­sure. “It’s dis­ap­point­ing to lose the game but credit to the boys for bat­tling away.”

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