March roared in like a polar bear rather than a lion in 1962 - and Wrexham hit Pools like a blizzard.
Indeed the Welsh lads made a frolic of the first half of the game on March 3, despite playing into a snowstorm, scoring five times to Hartlepool’s once.
Things went from bad to worse, with Wrexham playing the second half like an exhibition match, The whole match was a total nightmare.Hartlepool Mail, match report.
“The home team then did much as they liked in the second half, to make their total ten. It was a crushing defeat,” reported the Mail.
It was snowing at Wrexham when the two teams trooped out onto the heavy pitch, and the flakes just kept on falling.
The Pools team featured George Lackenby at centre-half for the first time in months, due to shoulder injuries suffered by usual first-pick Derek Wilkie.
But with Wrexham without a win since Christmas, it looked like it could be an equal, if muddy, battle. Wrexham proved determined, however, to push for promotion.
“This was a nightmare game for Pools, with their defence falling to pieces after just a few minutes.
“They never recovered from their blunders,” stated the Mail.
Pools made a promising start, with Edgar and McLean making progress down the left wing – but Godbold’s shot lacked power and was easily cleared.
Wrexham then came back strongly, with Barnes outpacing Jones down the right ring to force a corner from which Davies headed over.
As the minutes ticked by, so Wrexham were soon on the attack and Hartlepool’s defence looked anything but steady – with Lackenby shaky under pressure.
“It was a bad pass from the centre-forward which gave Ambler a golden chance for Wrexham, but he shot weakly,” the Mail reported.
“Then wing-half Jones let fly from 30 yards and his shot went just round the post. After seven minutes, however, Wrexham were unsurprisingly ahead.
“It was a poor goal kick by Pools goalie Wilkinson that gave Davies his chance.
“The ball travelled just 30 yards before Davies breasted it down and scored.
“He then scored for the second time just three minutes later, after a perfectly placed pass from Jones landed at his feet.”
Pools made a failed attempt on goal after 15 minutes, but it was Davies again who was next to score - celebrating his hat-trick at 24 minutes.
The final minutes of the first half saw Wrexham score twice more, while Folland finally put Hartlepool on the score sheet after 40 minutes.
“Things then went from bad to worse, with Wrexham playing the second half like an exhibition match, A total nightmare,” added the Mail.