Hope in Holland: Pools lose first friendly

Hartlepool United were beaten 2-0 by Dutch Second Division side Telstar in their first pre-season friendly.

Neale Cooper handed debuts to summer signings Steve Howard, Simon Walton and Jonathan Franks, but it was the hosts who had the edge from the off.

A goal in either half secured victory as Pools struggled to find their rhythm.

Make sure to get Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for Craig Hopes match report and reaction from the Heiloo.

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