Guisborough Town 0 Hartlepool United 6: Lewis Alessandra scores Pools hat-trick

Padraig Amond (left) and Michael Woods (right) celebrate Lewis Alessandra's goal. Picture courtesy: HUFC
Padraig Amond (left) and Michael Woods (right) celebrate Lewis Alessandra's goal. Picture courtesy: HUFC

Lewis Alessandra scored a hat-trick as Hartlepool United were in the goals as Pools eased to a comfortable friendly win at Guisborough Town.

Boss Craig Hignett sent out two Pools teams to Northern League grounds this evening.
He took charge at the King George V Ground at Guisborough with Curtis Fleming in the dug-out at Seaham Red Star.
Hignett's Pools side dominated proceedings in North Yorkshire, Billy Paynter, Alessandra and Padraig Amond all finding the net with the only negative a first-half injury to Toto Nsiala.

Pools moved the ball around nicely from the start but had to wait until the 14th minute before taking the lead.
Amond and Alessandra combined to lay on the perfect pass to PAYNTER who slotted in from eight yards.
It was 2-0 just two minutes, when ALESSANDRA'S powerful shot nestled in the kkeeper's right corner.
And AMOND made it three in the 25th minute with a neat finish.
After the break, Pools were straight on the attack, with Mike Thackeray saving from Michael Woods and Matthew Bates, while Jake Carroll and Alessandra both fired over.

But Pools were not to be denied, Alessandra and Woods setting up HAWKINS whose low-right foot cracker beat Thackeray.
Guisborough passed up a glorious chance to pull one back when Thibault Charmey skimmed Trevor Carson's bar from the spot after the referee awarded a penalty against Carroll for a foul on
Peter Bulmer.
Pools made it four with a superb low strike by HAWKINS from the edge of the box before Alessandra took charge with two goals in the space of 60 seconds.
Sub Kieran Green slid the pass through in the 85th minute with ALESSANDRA switching the ball from his left to right foot to score.
And he completed his hat-trick almost instantly, Amond's skill providing the assist.

GUISBOROUGH TOWN 0

HARTLEPOOL UNITED 6
Guisborough: Thackeray, Roddam (Clarke 61), Oldfield, Carling, Galloway, Charmay, Blythe, Blake, Smith, Youldon, Bulmer.
Subs: McPhillips, Ferguson, Clarke, Helm, Farrington, Snook, Lee Beblowski, Evans
Pools: Carson, Donnelly, Bates, Nsiala (Pollock 40), Carroll, Featherstone, Woods (Green 73), Hawkins, Alessandra, Paynter, Amond.
Sub (not used): Dudzinski
Goals: Paynter 14; Alessandra 16, 85, 86; Amond 25; Hawkins 57
Att: 405
At Seaham Town Park, Pools were forced to come from behind, SCOTT HARRISON second-half equaliser.
LEE KERR had given Seaham a first--half lead but the on-trial defender rescued Pools after the break.