HARTLEPOOL UNITED 0 YEOVIL TOWN 1

Bondz N'Gala heads the winner for Yeovil. Picture by FRANK REID
Bondz N'Gala heads the winner for Yeovil. Picture by FRANK REID

FOR Mick Wadsworth, he admits it’s the worst run of home results he’s seen in 35 years in football – for Hartlepool United, try 103 years.

For Saturday’s defeat – a sorry sixth on the spin at Victoria Park – marked the most devastating sequence in a single season in the history of the club.

Stephen Wright puts the Yeovil keeper under pressure. Picture by FRANK REID

Stephen Wright puts the Yeovil keeper under pressure. Picture by FRANK REID

This, as well, on the back of an altogether more welcome club record, that of the nine-game unbeaten start.

It – the wretched run – has been labelled a riddle, a mystery and an enigma.

Surely, you figure, there must be more to it than mere coincidence.

But then, to see the same players, set up in the same formation and even wearing the same blue-and-white stripes, perform so admirably on the road in recent weeks, only serves to heighten that sense of perplexity.

For those only privy to Saturday’s uninspiring offering, the suggestion that Pools put in their best performance of the season just seven days prior will no doubt be met with scepticism.

In the wake of that win Wadsworth had joked with reporters that he was going to ask Saturday’s opponents if they could reschedule the fixture to Huish Park – but privately he thought he’d hit upon a winning formula.

And, at Scunthorpe, Pools were, put simply, quite brilliant.

A team who cruised to a fifth away victory of the campaign and looked certain to re-enter play-off territory with back-to-back home successes over League One strugglers Yeovil Town – without an away win all season – and the division’s rock-bottom form club Preston North End.

But, on Saturday, Pools were, put simply, quite awful.

Read Craig Hope’s full match report, plus more reaction, in today’s Sportmail.