Match ratings: Who scooped man of the match in Hartlepool United's defeat at Colchester?

Nathan Thomas celebrates scoring for Hartlepool United
Nathan Thomas celebrates scoring for Hartlepool United
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Hartlepool United were beaten 2-1 by Colchester United - but who scooped man of the match?

Roy Kelly gives his player ratings below:

Hartlepool United:

Joe Fryer Looking the part more and more as the weeks go on, some very good saves and good box presence. One spectacular throw to Donnelly showed his distribution skills. 7

Kenton Richardson: Overcame a bit of an uncertain start and got stronger and more confident as game went on. 6

Brad Walker: One mistake aside when he allowed Bren Dickenson a chance, he was excellent again. 7

Scott Harrison: Showing some of his best form in a Pools shirt, commanding with a big C. MOTM. 7

Liam Donnelly: Produced some outstanding defensive work in the Pools box, what a shame he was at fault for the crucial second goal. 6

Nicky Featherstone: Made Pools tick in the middle and did some great play in both halves of the field. 7

Michael Woods: Some really positive play from the midfielder, regularly making forward thrusts. Had assist for goal. 7

Lewis Alessandra: Got himself into some good positions but final touch or shot was not as good as the approach play. 6

Rhys Oates: Put in the hard yards and did some excellent defensive work, the time he cleared ball AND man from a first-half corner in front of the away support was worth the admission money. 6

Padraig Amond: Headed wide from a Thomas cross and produced a lot of running, deserved a goal for his efforts. 7

Nathan Thomas: Like Alessandra, his final application, whether a shot or cross did not match the preceding play. But finished his goal well and is looking more threatening. 7


Lewis Hawkins (for Alessandra 79): Put himself about as he tries to earn a return to starting XI. N/A

Louis Rooney (for Oates 79): Looked good and, like Hawkins, is pushing for a starting role. N/A

Unused Subs: Ben Dudzinski, James Martin, Josh Hawkes, Connor Smith

Goal: Thomas 82

Booked: Woods 57, Donnelly 78

Colchester: Walker, James, Elokobi, Briggs, Brindley (Wright 70), Lapslie, Murray, Garvan, Dickenson, Porter (Fosu 80), Guthrie (Pyke 90)

Unused Subs: Vincent-Young, Wynter, Barnes, Edge

Goals: Guthrie 63, Porter (pen) 78

Booked: Dickenson 29, Wright 85

Referee: Ben Toner

Attendance: 3,357 (away 167)