Hartlepool United reserves thump Mansfield Town 8-0

Brad Walker in action.
Brad Walker in action.

HARTLEPOOL United’s second string made light work of Mansfield Town by thumping them 8-0.

Goals from Nicky Featherstone, Jack Blackford, Darren Holden, Nat Skidmore and a brace each for Jordan Jewson and Brad Walker made it a very comfortable afternoon for Pools at Bedford Terrace.

Pools dominated the Final Third Development League fixture to record their first win in eight reserve fixtures.

Former Manchester United youth player John Cofie started the match at Billingham Town’s ground but went off injured early in the first half.

The 22-year-old, who started his career at Burnley before moving to Manchester United, has been on trial at the club for the past couple of weeks.

He had spells on loan at Royal Antwerp, Sheffield United and Notts County before signing for Barnsley and then Molde.

But there was no place for Tommy Miller, the midfielder instead continuing to build his fitness on the training ground after overcoming a troublesome calf injury.

Sam Collins’ side took the lead early on, Walker slid in Featherstone who slotted the ball home off the post for his second goal in a week for the reserves.

It wasn’t long before it was 2-0 to Pools, The Stags keeper hit a back pass straight to Jewson, who smashed the ball past him to extend the hosts’ lead.

Jack Blackford then made it three before Walker got on the scoresheet to make it 4-0.

The Billingham teenager got his second of the match after breaking free and chipping the keeper before Darren Holden got in on the act by netting number six from close range, to make it 6-0 at the break.

Shortly after the re-start, Holden crossed to Nat Skidmore who headed the ball home to make it 7-0 to Collins’ young side.

Jewson capped a memorable afternoon for the second string when he swivelled before firing past the Stags keeper to make it 8-0 to Pools.