Match report: Bournemouth 1 Hartlepool United 2

GOAL HERO: Evan Horwood
GOAL HERO: Evan Horwood

EVAN Horwood smashed a late winner on his return from injury as Hartlepool United made it five wins on the spin and nine unbeaten in League One.

Pools were far from their best during the opening period and fell behind to a Steven Gregory strike before Nobby Solano levelled before half-time.

But it was Horwood, on as a second-half substitute, who hammered home three minutes from time to send Mick Wadsworth’s men up to third in League One.

The hosts started much the brighter of the sides and Harry Arter drew a flying save from Scott Flinders after just 90 seconds with his 20-yard drive headed for the bottom corner.

Cherries wingers Marc Pugh and Jaime Peters were causing the visitors all manner of problems and the former was denied an opening goal when his blast was blocked by a timely boot from Peter Hartley inside the six-yard area.

A rare foray into the opposition danger zone for Pools saw Tony Sweeney presented with a chance just 12 yards from goal but he snatched at the effort and blazed over on 22 minutes.

It was all Bournemouth and they duly broke the deadlock on 37 minutes, Steven Gregory arrowing into the bottom corner from 20 yards after Colin Nish had lost possession on halfway leading to a home break.

But Pools played their get-out-of-jail card two minutes before the break and Solano swept a delightful free-kick into the top corner for his second in as many matches.

Both teams started the second half poorly and it wasn’t until the 65th minute that the Cherries threatened the Pools goal.

Paul Murray was lucky to escape a second yellow card for a trip on Arter 20 yards out and the same man dusted himself off to test Flinders with a measured curler.

Gregory was next to have a go, steering on target from just outside the area, but again Flinders was equal to it.

And the Pools stopper saved his side 12 minutes from the end, this time denying substitute Jayden Stockley a goal with his first touch after the young forward had turned a header on target from eight yards.

But it was Horwood who was to bag the points for Wadsworth’s boys as his 10-yard drive crashed in via the underside of the crossbar at the death.

AFC Bournemouth: Flahavan, Purches (Zubar 84), Cooper, Baudry, Malone, Peters (Cummings), Gregory, Arter, Pugh, Thomas, Fletcher (Stockley 73)

Subs: Jalal, Carmichael

Pools: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Hartley, Humphreys, Solano (Horwood 75), Liddle, Murray (Poole 68), Sweeney, Nish, Boyd (Monkhouse 62)

Subs: Rafferty, Luscombe