Pools fan misses the late Leyt show!
POOLS fan David Braithwaite was left kicking himself after deciding he’d had enough of Saturday’s game with Leyton Orient at The Vic and leaving with just five minutes to go.
With John Hughes’ side trailing to an eighth minute opener by the London side – which David also missed after opting for one more pre-match pint – the 18-year-old student decided to make an early departure and headed to a nearby pub to drown his sorrows.
But as he made his way from the Mill House terracing to a town centre watering hole, he heard a cheer in the distance after skipper Peter Hartley headed home an 87th minute equaliser.
And the Hartlepool Sixth Form College student thought his pals were winding him up when they met him in the pub after the game and told him he’d missed a stoppage time stunner from teenage striker Luke James.
David, who played for Pools’ youth team before being released at the age of 16, said: “I’ve had a season ticket for about 10 years, and I hardly ever leave The Vic early.
“But on Saturday, I just thought we had no chance of getting one goal, never mind two.
“The way we were playing, I thought we could have played for three weeks and not got anywhere near a goal.
“I heard the crowd cheer when Peter Hartley scored and when I got into the pub I was just thinking that a draw was better than getting beat. Then my mates who I’d been to the game with and had stayed until the final whistle came in and told what I’d missed.
“I couldn’t believe it!”
Pools, who moved off the bottom of the table thanks to the victory, had only managed to find the net nine times in league games at The Vic prior to Saturday’s game.
David, who lives with parents Andy and Sue and brother Paul, 16, in the Naisberry Park area of Hartlepool, added: “I actually managed to miss all three of the goals because I had an extra drink with the lads before setting off to the game and got there late.
“Obviously I would have loved to have seen the goals, but I’d quite happily leave early again if it meant they could get another few wins and pull off the great escape to avoid relegation!”
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