Hartlepool United star Jack Munns gets first Vic goal in 2-1 win over Middlesbrough

Jack Munns scores the Pools winner. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Munns scores the Pools winner. Picture by FRANK REID

Having broken his Victoria Park duck last night, jinking Jack Munns hopes his Middlesbrough strike is the first of many on home turf for Pools.

The Hartlepool United wideman rattled home a winner from close range after he tricked his way past a host of Boro defenders to ensure Craig Harrison’s men, or at least half of the squad, signed off their summer program with a victory.

And while delighted to showcase his talents at home, having scored earlier this summer at Dunston, Munns is determined to take his scoring touch into the National League, when the real ball comes out next week against Dover Athletic.

“Getting my first goal was good but getting that first one at the Vic was special,” said the former Cheltenham man.

“I was as happy with the assist as I was for the goal.

“It was nice to get the winner. It was pleasing but the team performance was the main thing.

“That is our home ground. I want to get as many goals as I can in front of our own fans.

“It was nice to break the duck. Now the aim is to keep scoring at the Vic.”

Munns and Pools have to wait just seven days before the fifth tier season is upon us.

And he, with the rest of the squad, simply cannot wait to get things rolling, with promotion back to the Football League right at the top of the agenda.

“We can’t wait to get into the swing of things,” he said.

“The start of the season is tough, playing Saturday, Tuesday every week.

“The games come thick and fast - a quick start is vital and momentum is key in this league.

“We know we can have a positive season if we can get to the top of the table as soon as possible, and by making sure we stay there.”

Munns continued: “We said off the back of three losses we wanted to get back to winning ways.

“It was nice to get that winning feeling back ahead of next week.

“Overall it was quite a strong performance - it felt like we got off to a slow start in the second half but when their goal went in I felt we took charge of the game.

“When we went in front I thought we saw the game out quite well.”