SANDAL 25 WEST HARTLEPOOL 5

Scott Butcher tackles Dave Martin (red/yelow)

Scott Butcher tackles Dave Martin (red/yelow)

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UNLIKE 12 months ago there was to be no dream start to life in a new league.

This time last year, West Hartlepool opened up in North One East in dynamic fashion by running in 35 points at Cleckheaton.

It was a result which sparked an eight-match winning streak to set the ball rolling on a remarkable season.

On Saturday, Kevan Oliphant and Tim Sawyer’s team were back in West Yorkshire, just along the road at Sandal.

History, alas, did not repeat itself and, on this evidence, West may need a week or two to get up to speed in National Three North.

Read full match report in todaty’s Sportmail.