Hope in Holland: Pools beaten in second friendly

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HARTLEPOOL United were beaten 3-0 by Almere City in the final friendly of their Dutch tour.

The result means that Neale Cooper’s men return to the North East today on the back of two losses, although the second scoreline did flatter their opponents.

Pools fell behind when Thijs Sluijter rose to head home at the far post on 40 minutes.

Rihairo Meulens broke clear to add a second after half-time and a classy finish from Jerson Ribeiro wrapped things up for the natives.

Pools came closest to a reply when Andy Monkhouse volleyed wide from a narrow angle late on.

See today’s Mail for a full match report and the thoughts of our man in Holland, Craig Hope.