Section: Hartlepool

League 2: Hartlepool 0-1 Southend

Southend United boosted their chances of League Two automatic promotion with victory against in-form Hartlepool.

The visitors almost took the lead early on when Barry Corr broke through on goal but sent his effort just wide.

Southend took the lead just after the restart when Will Atkinson fired past home goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

Pools pressured for a late equaliser and were unlucky not to take a point when Dan Jones’s volley was diverted onto the underside of the bar.

The result was Hartlepool’s first loss in six matches but they sit precariously just one point and one place off the League Two relegation places.

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FA Cup: Hartlepool 1-2 Blyth Spartans

Jarrett Rivers wrote another chapter in Blyth Spartans’ rich FA Cup history as his last-minute winner earned his side a 2-1 win at Hartlepool United.

Famous for their Cup upsets of yesteryear, The Spartans continued their journey into The Third Round Proper after coming from a goal down at the break to shock their League Two opponents.

The victory did not come without controversy, but none of that will matter to manager Tom Wade as he and his side begin to dream of pulling out a Premier League tie in Monday’s draw.

It was Pools who started the stronger, taking the game to their non-League guests from the off as they attacked in front of over a thousand visiting supporters.

And with just three minutes on the clock the League Two side thought they had taken the lead, a cross finding the head of Sidney Schmeltz who directed it towards the bottom right corner, but Hartlepool-supporting Spartans keeper Peter Jeffries produced a fantastic one-handed save to deny the winger.

The visitors struggled to get to get grips with the fast tempo with which the opposition were dictating play with.

They struggled to get out of their own half for the opening 20 minutes as Pools pressed them well, with Jonathan Franks looking a particular danger down the right.

lyth soon began to compose themselves, and they enjoyed a little spell of possession that led to their first opportunity after winning a set-piece.

Daniel Hawkins drilled a free-kick from 25 yards towards goal, and the ball took a slight deflection of the wall en route, but Scott Finders stood firm to collect two-handed.

After a neat move Neil Austin got to the right byline and floated a cross back towards the back post for the lurking Franks to head into the empty net on 31 minutes.

The game then exploded into life as the action unfolded at both ends in a crazy few minutes that saw four quick-fire scoring opportunities spurned.

Austin’s fierce drive was twice denied by the block of defender Ryan Hutchinson, before Marlon Harewood sent a headed effort into the side-netting as Pools came close to doubling their lead.

But Blyth were not going down easily, and they fought back with chances of their own.

Flinders spilled a low Daniel Maguire drive for a corner before the forward then headed straight into the arms of the keeper after Hutchinson’s knock back.

The end-to-end action relented, and both teams were able to regroup as the half-time whistle approached.

Now shooting towards their own fans, the Spartans came out a rejuvenated side after the restart.

They forced the early attacking play as they attempted to levels matters at Victoria Park and deservedly struck back through their former Pools man.

Eleven minutes into the second period they won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre of the pitch.

Turnbull stepped up to send a fabulous powerful curling strike over the wall and into the top corner to spark wild celebrations among his team-mates and fans alike.

Blyth’s tails were up, and despite Brad Walker firing a long-range for the home side narrowly wide, it was they who had the ascendency.

As the game approached the final 30 minutes, it was Pools who felt hard done by on 65 minutes.

Controversy struck as Franks crossed from the right for Walker to head into the path of Harwood, and the former Aston Villa striker turned and struck the ball towards goal.

The Blyth goalkeeper failed to hold onto the ball as it hit the post and back off him, before the ball trickled towards the line as he struggled to collect.

Things were about to get a whole lot worse as the game reached the final minute.

Pools left back Dan Jones slipped and Rivers picked up the ball.

He surged 15 yards forward into the box before firing through the legs of Bates and into the net as the crowd piled on the hero during the celebrations.

A desperate Hartlepool tried in vain to grab a replay, with a scramble in the box seeing the ball fall to Bates to volley from 18 yards.

But his deflected strike cannoned off the crossbar as his side’s FA Cup dreams were ended by their part-time north-east neighbours.

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League 2: Hartlepool 1-3 York

York City came from behind to beat League Two bottom side Hartlepool thanks to two goals from Keith Lowe.

The hosts led at the break through Scott Fenwick’s close-range goal on his full professional debut.

The Minstermen, who have moved six points clear of the relegation zone, levelled through defender Lowe’s header from a Josh Carson corner.

Lowe scored again from a Russ Penn cross before Jake Hyde sealed it with a measured finish from outside the area.

York City manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio York:

“Fantastic second half performance. For us moving forward as a club that was huge mentally more than physically.

“I thought we looked leggy in the first half, I thought Tuesday nigth was catching up on us and there was concern there. But we showed terrific togetherness and quality as well.

“There are little bits we can do better but I thought we saw the game out fairly comfortably and it’s a huge three points.”

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League 2: Southend 1-0 Harlepool

David Worrall’s third goal in five games helped Southend bounce back from their FA Cup exit to non-league Chester by beating bottom club Hartlepool.

Worrall, Barry Corr and Kevan Hurst all forced Hartlepool goalkeeper Scott Flinders into first-half action.

Flinders also denied Michael Timlin after the break but could do nothing to stop Worrall firing home left-footed from 12 yards following Corr’s pass.

Pools almost levelled, but Charlie Wyke was denied by keeper Daniel Bentley.

Bradley Walker also went close for Pools in the closing stages when he fired inches wide.

Southend stay in the League Two play-off places in seventh but Hartlepool remain rooted to the bottom with just one win in their last 11 games.

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