WHILE the rest of the country enjoyed the thrills and spills of the Carling Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Manchester City, there were 92 hardy souls at the windswept International Stadium.
A classic it was not – the conditions saw to that – but nonetheless there was enough goalmouth reserve-team action to suggest a return of just one goal was a tad shy.
It was Micky Barron’s Pools who were the architects behind the bulk of that offensive endeavour.
And Adam Boyd struck the only goal five minutes after the break – and the scorer came within a foot or so of a second when his 25-yard drill bounced narrowly wide.
Read Craig Hope’s full match report, plus all the build-up to the weekend’s game against Carlisle, in today’s Sportmail.