Hartlepool crash to woeful 10-2 (TEN) Notts County defeat

John Hewitson (left) and Sam Collins
John Hewitson (left) and Sam Collins

Humiliated Hartlepool United crashed to an embarrassing 10-2 reserve defeat to Notts County.

Pools named several triallists and younger players in the side hammered at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace ground but that was no excuse as the visitors tore the Pools side to shreds in the Final Third Development League fixture.

Harry Worley started in central defence but was taken off 21 minutes in after picking up a knock, while Scott Fenwick was also given a run out and Kudus Oyenuga got anther 90 minutes under his belt.

The rest of the team was made up of youngsters and triallists including Kingsley Williams, taken off with a shoulder injury after half an hour, left-back Leon Dawson, Barnsley midfielder Brad Abbott and Australian forward Nicholas Bucco.

Boss Ronnie Moore and assistant Sam Collins are highly unlikely to give any of the triallists another chance to impress after the humiliating defeat to County though.

Pools, led by John Hewitson and Ian McGuckin, actually got off to the perfect start, Oyenuga playing in Fenwick to score from close range after just 70 seconds.

That was as good as it got for Pools, the visitors equalising on six minutes through Jimmy Spencer.

Spencer notched his second three minutes later past Peter Denton before Nicky Wroe’s deflected free-kick wrong-footed the young keeper to make it 3-1.

Worley was then subbed and it soon got worse, with Spencer securing his hat-trick.

The Pools backline were in total disarray, County cutting them open at will.

Jordan Aghatise was free to head home and make it 5-1 at the far post from a corner before Spencer curled in his fourth and County’s sixth of the game before half-time.

Yohan Rutty Smith, Luther Wildin, Filip Valencic and Wroe added further goals after the break to make it double figures for County and to break the vidiprinter in the process.

Oyenuga scored a late goal but it offered no consolation to woeful Pools.

Pools’ second string are back in action on Wednesday night, a county cup tie at Darlington Railway Athletic (7.30pm), and the coaching staff will be expecting a big reaction.

Pools: Denton, Nearney, Worley (Howes 21), Cunningham (Wood 46), Dawson, Williams (Jewson 33), Abbott, Oyenuga, Bucco (Elliott 80), Fenwick.

Subs not used: Dawson.