MATCH REPORT: Scunthorpe United 2 Hartlepool United 0

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HARTLEPOOL United exited the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the first hurdle following a 2-0 defeat at League One rivals Scunthorpe United.

Mick Wadsworth made two changes to the side which won at Rochdale at the weekend, match-winner James Poole rewarded with a second start of the season and Nathan Luscombe thrown straight back in after suspension.

And Poole was involved in an early move which cut open the Iron backline, his cross-field ball finding Andy Monkhouse who in turn slipped Evan Horwood clear.

The defender located the unmarked Gary Liddle at the far post but, in taking a touch, he allowed keeper Josh Lillis to dash from his line and block the shot.

Despite their promising opening Pools should have fallen behind on 21 minutes when Mark Duffy found Garry Thompson in an ocean of space inside the area only for the striker to rattle a header against the crossbar from just six yards out.

At the other end Adam Boyd went close when his 20-yard volley shaved the frame on 34 minutes.

The hosts introduced Jimmy Ryan at the break and his arrival provided the jump-start the previously-lethargic Iron needed.

First he stung the palms of Flinders with a free-kick from 20 yards before he slipped Thompson clear only for the striker to hammer wide.

Alan Knill’s men were in the ascendancy and duly took the lead on the hour mark when Bobby Grant cut inside from the right and dispatching left-footed into the far corner.

And Grant, the eye-catching 21-year-old, had his second within five minutes, poking beyond Flinders from 12 yards after a mistake by Monkhouse.

Tony Sweeney returned from his three-week groin absence soon after but he missed the chance to reduce arrears when heading wide from six yards late in the game.