Pools out of Tro­phy with a whim­per


Sunday Sun - - Football -

RICHARD MONEY ad­mit­ted he was shocked at the na­ture of Pools meek FA Tro­phy exit.

The Na­tional League North part-timers fully de­served their win at Vic­to­ria Park, as Pools were em­bar­rassed once again.

They fell two goals down be­fore Myles An­der­son headed a last-minute con­so­la­tion which mat­tered lit­tle.

A week af­ter the man­ager crit­i­cised the sup­port for their neg­a­tive out­look, the faith­ful stuck with their team when they could have turned from the off.

The club is in an all too fa­mil­iar mess once again. An­other sea­son, an­other new low. They keep com­ing at Pools.

They trailed early on. Cap­tain Carl Mag­nay lost out on half­way, chased back but lost his man wing-back Ryan Bar­nett , who knocked the ball across the box for Amari Morgan Smith to tap in.

It should have been two soon af­ter. Mag­nay once again lost pos­ses­sion and the vis­i­tors broke away. Scorer Morgan Smith homed in on goal, but as he hes­i­tated, a sav­ing block from Nicky Feather­stone kept the dan­ger away from goal.

Pools’ first shot came when a sharp, low free-kick from Ryan Don­ald­son was fly­ing into the cor­ner be­fore keeper An­drew Wy­cher­ley saved low.

When the vis­i­tors at­tacked, they were up against a pan­icked Pools’ de­fence and Udoh could have net­ted, de­nied by the legs of keeper Scott Loach.

Pools made a dou­ble change at the break but the vis­i­tors al­most dou­bled their lead as Morgan Smith’s close-range ef­fort was blocked. There was lit­tle to no spark from Pools.

A third change ar­rived with Paddy Mclaugh­lin look­ing be­mused as he was re­placed by Pe­ter Kioso. Pools had al­ready changed sys­tem to a three-man de­fen­sive unit from Money’s pre­ferred four.

Pools de­fend­ers failed to clear with any con­vic­tion and a shot from Ryan Bar­nett came back off the post. Udoh tapped into an empty net on 67 min­utes. It was all but game over.

There was no re­sponse from Pools apart from An­der­son’s late header.

Money said: “You know me well enough al­ready. I say it as I see it and won’t hide be­hind any­thing.

“We asked the sup­port for more sup­port and to be pa­tient and they were ex­cel­lent. The play­ers have let them down on the pitch.

“I have to do ev­ery­thing in my power to make sure they never see any­thing like that again. This is not what we wanted but it gives us the chance to re­set and we re­build this club.

“I’m mind­ful of a lack of con­fi­dence at home so I am care­ful about what I say but what I have seen and what they de­liv­ered is not good enough. I can only apol­o­gise – it’s not what I want to see and not what I ex­pect.’’

Vis­it­ing boss Gavin Cowan ad­mit­ted: “We went away from home to a team a divi­sion above us. I’m a crit­i­cal thinker and just be­cause they are in the divi­sion above it doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally make them a bet­ter team. We did our re­search and we felt we could get at them to­day.’’ HARTLE­POOL UNITED (4-3-3): Loach 6; Richard­son 5 (Hawkes 46, 5), Mag­nay 6, Rodgers 6, Amos 6; Don­ald­son 6, Feather­stone 4, Mclaugh­lin 4 (Kioso 58, 5); James 7, Muir 5, Kitch­ing 6 (An­der­son 58). NOT USED: Cat­t­er­ick, Scott. BOOKED: Don­ald­son (90, foul), AFC TELFORD UNITED (3-5-2): Wy­cher­ley 7; Streete 7, Sut­ton 8, White 7; Bar­nett 6 (Mc­quilkin 63, 6), Deeney 7, Royle 6, Daniels 7 (Mor­ley 81), Knights 6; Morgan-smith 8, Udoh 8. NOT USED: Cowans, Brown, Barnes-homer. BOOKED: Udoh (68, over cel­e­brat­ing), Daniels (79, foul); Deeney (90, foul) At­ten­dance: 1920 Ref­eree: Simeon Lu­cas (Black­burn)


■ Spen­ny­moor play­ers cel­e­brate a goal, An­drew John­son shows his de­light and Glen Tay­lor cel­e­brates scor­ing

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