Rout of the Shaymen

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY

Pools 4 Halifax 0 (National League)
Tuesday Nov 21 2017
Victoria Park

I think everyone at the Vic tonight expected a reaction to Saturday's game. The Pools squad had been hauled in on the following Sunday and given a good rollicking and understandably they were pretty down about such a limp collapse. especially at home. 

There were four changes for this game as Laing, Woods, Newton and Oates were all back in the side. On balance I would say that both Woods and Oates should be automatic starters when they are fit as the do give their all. When I saw the team come out, I wondered who the swee,t young, very blond-haired new signing was, but it turned out to be the new look Deverdics. If he keeps messing with his hair like this he will be bald in two seasons. I just hope he doesn’t go down the earrings route too. No footballer should look like a wuss when wearing the strip.

Halifax, on a bad run of games, were there for the taking, but how many times in the past has a struggling team come up against Pools and ended a bad run? Halifax looked to be nervous from the off as Pools set about them with pace and flair. I was shocked and stunned as in seven rampant minutes Pools were two nil up and cruising.

The sweet young boy who had dropped back in the field from Saturday's game linked up with Woods and the boy made a great run in and slipped the ball into the net past the tall Halifax keeper.

Rhys Oates was red hot tonight as he took the game to them, he looked dangerous every time he went on a run. He brought a silly challenge from a defender in the box and Pools were given the penalty which Donnelly took and sent the keeper the wrong way. Two nil up in seven minutes was a sterling performance after the last home game when we never had a shot at goal.
"Halifax looked to be nervous from the off as Pools set about them with pace and flair."

A long clearance by Loach, straight down the pitch, had their keeper back-pedalling as the bounce almost beat him and he was lucky he fell the right side as he hit the post as he tried to push the ball clear. Halifax's confidence must have been really shot. Woods had a great game and he made the third goal setting up Oates with a ball down the line, Oates cut in and struck a great ball back across the goal into the corner of the net, three nil up. As Kammy would say, “UNBELIEVEABLE, Jeff”.

The visitors had chances as a clever winger was making life difficult for Harrison and was whipping some great crosses in. Their tall striker, who the Ditchburn Poolie confirmed was six foot seven inches tall (don’t ask me to convert that as I was taught the English way and refuse to change), won just about every header and missed at least two clear chances, winning the ball in good positions but thankfully when it came to his shooting skills he was bloody awful.

Rodney was subbed on the hour and the young lad Adeloye had a very good home debut and looks a decent player. The visitors restricted us a little in the second half as they stepped up their game. Some fans seemed to complain that we had stepped off the gas but we just controlled the game making sure of the three points. They did get a goal late in the game that was ruled out by the ref, who as far as we were concerned had a great game.

Pools were not finished as a great ball, again from Woods, found Oates down the right wing and he made it look easy. Stepping over challenges he laid the ball off for Newton who only had to stoke it into the net making it four nil to the Hartlepool.

What a difference this was to Saturday when we were under the cosh from Aldershot. Today it was a very good performance from what some of the pundits around me called a very well balanced side. Every man played his part today from Loach right through the team, the rollicking worked a treat. There was an argument as to Man-of-the-Match. Ditchburn gave it to Woods who was back to his best but I favoured the engine of Oates who had some clever touches tonight and never stopped taking the game to them