Money’s mis­ery at Moors

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By DAVID LAWRENCE STAR MAN: Michael Woods (Hartle­pool) ATT: 2,658 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: Matthew Dono­hue 7/10

VER­DICT: Jonathan Franks’ 90th-minute win­ner was harsh on new Soli­hull boss Richard Money but fur­ther jus­ti­fied the no­tion that Pools are gain­ing mo­men­tum

HARTLE­POOL man­ager Craig Har­ri­son praised the char­ac­ter of his side af­ter Jonathan Franks’ 90th-minute win­ner earned vic­tory at strug­gling Soli­hull Moors, who had new boss Richard Money in the dugout for the first time.

When Moors skip­per Darren Carter can­celled out a Rhys Oates goal with three min­utes to go, it looked as though the points would be shared.

But some sloppy mark­ing at the death cost the home side with Franks turn­ing in the win­ner from close range.

“I’m a win­ner and I want the

play­ers to be win­ners’” Har­ri­son said. “I want the club to have a win­ning men­tal­ity and that showed again. We have not set­tled for a point away from home. It might have been a good point away from home but the boys have gone for it with two or min­utes left of in­jury time and got a fan­tas­tic goal.

“We had a poor penalty against us – I think the wind prob­a­bly blew him over – but we showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion, char­ac­ter and com­mit­ment to go and try and win the game which we did. That cre­ates some­thing spe­cial in the dress­ing room.”

Hartle­pool’s opener was cre- ated by Jack Munns and fin­ished off by Oates – the pair had come on just mo­ments ear­lier as sec­ond half sub­sti­tutes.

Har­ri­son added: “They made a huge im­pact and for the first 20 mini­utes of the sec­ond half I thought we were very good.

“We took our foot off the pedal a lit­tle bit and I’d have liked to have seen us go for the jugu­lar and kill them off but it didn’t go that way.” The re­sult was harsh on Moors who would have been two goals to the good at the break had Oladapo Afo­layan and Ge­orge Carline not been de­nied by two fine saves from Pools keeper Scott Loach. Even af­ter Oates had fired the vis­i­tors into a 47th-minute lead, the home side looked the stronger and were re­warded by Carter’s 77th minute penalty fol­low­ing a shove on Richard Brodie. But it proved a dis­ap­point­ing start for the new Soli­hull boss. “It’s my first ex­pe­ri­ence and I dont think think you can do any­thing other than feel a bit sorry for the boys,” Money said. “They have given ev­ery­thing they’ve got. “It was a bit scrappy but that’s where we are at this mo­ment and we need to bat­tle and scrap and play when we can. Two re­ally poor er­rors cost us the game when they’ve not re­ally had any­thing else.”

PIC­TURES: Shut­ter Press

FRANKS A LOT! Jonathan Franks is mobbed af­ter his last-minute win­ner to add to Rhys Oates’ opener, inset

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Jonathan Franks turns in Hartle­pool United’s timely win­ning goal

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