Williams the Conquerors in Pools win away from home

Anthony Williams in action.
Anthony Williams in action.

The Williams duo were leading Pools in a late bid for a play-off place in 2002.

With one in goal and the other leading the strike force, Hartlepool United were going strong and their latest triumph was a 2-1 win against Oxford United.

Anthony Williams gets ready to pull off another great save.

Anthony Williams gets ready to pull off another great save.

Striker Eifion Williams grabbed a brace on his starting debut for Pools. At the other end, keeper Anthony Williams was pulling out top drawer saves.

Pools went 2-0 up by the 23rd minute. Paul Moody’s first half goal on 33 minutes pulled it back to 2-1 and Oxford tried everything to add an equaliser but their penetrative football always found the Pools defence in determined mood.

However, it was very different at the start of the match when it was Hartlepool who ran the show. Their first goal came courtesy of a Paul Stephenson ball through which reached Gordon Watson.

He turned on the 18-yard line and picked out Williams who instinctively swept a shot on the turn into the back of the net.

Pools were forced to fight to the death to keep hold of the points with keeper Williams pulling off a string of saves to deny Moody an equaliser at the end

Hartlepool Mail reporter, 2002

The second saw Watson get possession from a throw on the right. He sent a chip into the box which Williams headed home from close range.

The early display prompted the Hartlepool Mail reporter to call the Pools forward line of Watson and Williams a “potent strike force.”

Williams could have had a hat-trick but Ian McCaldon saved from 12 yards.

Welshman Williams was enjoying an almost perfect start to his Pools career having just signed in a move from Torquay.

Moody pulled one back for Oxford just after the half-hour mark and the Mail reporter said: “Pools were forced to fight to the death to keep hold of the points with keeper Williams pulling off a string of saves to deny Moody an equaliser at the end.”

The goalie told the Mail afterwards; “As the away keeper, you expect to be the busiest but I thought we cleared up well.

“We have to remain like that, though, if we are to have a chance of the play-offs.”

Oxford United: McCaldon, Stockley, Bound, Crosby, Maddison (Scott), Savage, Waterman, Tait (Powell), Brooks, Hackett, Moody. Subs not used; Morley, Whitehead, Omoyinmi.

Hartlepool United: Williams, Arnison, Barron, Lee, Westwood, Clarke, Stephenson (Robinson), Smith, Humphreys, Watson (Henderson), Williams. Subs not used; Hollund, Coppinger, Boyd.

Attendance; 5,767.

Referee: Ray Olivier (West Midlands).