Bromley 2 Hartlepool United 0: Pools National League away day blues continue

Carl Magnay
Carl Magnay

Hartlepool United suffered yet another National League away defeat, as a defensive error and a candidate for goal of the season so far ensured Bromley won all three points.

Strikes either side of half-time from Josh Rees and Luke Wanadio ensured Pools left South London with nothing.

On the selection from Craig Harrison made just the one change to the side who drew with Chester in midweek, bringing in Liam Donnelly for Padraig Amond, who was absent from the matchday 16.

Donnelly slotted into a midfield three, alongside Nicky Featherstone and Conor Newton.

The shift in formation - to a 4-3-3 - had the desired impact at Pools started brightly, with Newton and Nicky Deverdics seeing plenty of the ball.

But despite dominating field position and possession, Pools struggled to really carve open any opportunities of note.

And they were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge in the final third in the 36th minute when a cross from the right was turned in by Rees from close range.

Would another defensive error prove costly for Pools?

Well the hosts doubled their advantage shortly after the break when another series of errors led to the ball dropping to Luke Wanadio on the edge of the area and he cracked in from 25 yards.

Wanadio almost made it 3-0 soon after when he cut in from the left to hammer off the foot of Scott Loach's post.

And that was the way it stayed, as Pools failed to build on the positive shoots of Tuesday night, putting in a disappointing second half show reminiscent of so many away days last season.