A Great Three Points

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY

Pools 2 Aldershot 0 (National League)
Saturday 8 February 2020
Victoria Park

I expected this game to be off today looking at the weather forecast of very strong gales for Saturday to Tuesday and just like most weather forecasts it was wrong. Hartlepool has a special weather pattern that is totally different to the rest of the country and we normally get the exact opposite of the forecasts. 

Today I would admit it was a little breezy, but the sun was shining and it looked a good day for footy. 

I had spent most of my Saturday morning retrieving a drone from a tree in Catcote Road. The process of destroying the old EMS school is taking forever as the place was riddled with asbestos. The daughter took a drone to record the event and, despite my warning that  it was a bit too windy for a small drone, she set it down in a tree. We borrowed a ladder from the workmen and I borrowed a set of drain rods and did the right thing - I sent her up the tree. But we did get the drone back in one piece. Nowt to do with football I know but I have to get the word count up and you do get the benefit of a picture.

The endangered Hartlepool
Tree-Climbing Sprog,
who luckily survived the danger

The visitors took off at a good pace and faded just as quickly as the new-look Pools, playing some good football, pushed them back into their own half. Molyneux, making his debut start, snatched a goal from the cross of new boy Harker who was a handful all afternoon. Just the start we needed.

Pools looked very comfortable on the ball with all the players getting stuck in. The visitors were an average side and did not bother Pools at all in the first half and a Molyneux corner was headed home by Shelton to make it two-nil to the Hartlepool.

A sad incident happened just before half time when a winger for the Shots, racing down the Millhouse side, went down in a challenge from Donaldson. A few fans and even me thought the lad just stayed down because he had lost the ball but it became clear he was injured. The ref took a while to stop the game and Pools' Odusina put the ball out to draw attention to the lad's plight. The physio, a girl about four foot tall, treated the lad and tried to help him up. A steward also helped but the lad looked as if he was walking on a broken ankle and there was no stretcher to be seen.
"The crowd in the Town End were howling at the ref and the bench to get a stretcher on"

The crowd in the Town End were howling at the ref and the bench to get a stretcher on as the lad was struggling to walk round the pitch. He walked from eighteen yards to the corner then hobbled to the goal before the stretcher was brought out from under the stand. This was a disgrace for a club our size and the lad was obviously very badly injured. Would this have happened if it was one of our players? Aldershot even tried to send two of their subs round to try and help the lad. A black mark for Pools on this one.

Second half, with the wind picking up, Pools were now struggling to get anything going but defended really well against a poor attack. Pools did get a few chances on the break as the visitors pressed for a goal but Harker, who had a good game, missed a couple and Mafuta hit one over to Morrisons and after some great work Touré was very unlucky to skim the post after some magic pace and footwork in his approach.

A great three points for Pools. Tinkler, a target for Pools, playing for the Shots was not that impressive but he was playing against a better side. Some good performances and some lads really improving their contribution to the game. Kitching is probably the most improved this season and was my Man-of-the-Match today.

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