Pools slideshow: Stevenage 6 Hartlepool United 1

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Here's one to watch through your fingers as Hartlepool United lose 6-1 at Broadhall Way.

Pools had been given a dream start when Nathan Thomas put them into a fourth-minute lead against a club they had never beaten.

Before it all went wrong: Nathan Thomas scores at Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID

Before it all went wrong: Nathan Thomas scores at Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID

But Tom Pett levelled for the hosts and on-loan Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker put them ahead before the break when Pools could not clear their lines.

Stevenage, who had started the day 22nd, added four second-half goals through Dean Wells, Walker, Michael Tonge and Matt Godden as Pools fell apart.