West Hartlepool have to fight hard for win over Beverley

IT was hard, tough work for West Hartlepool, but they ground out a vital win against bottom-placed hosts Beverley.

West only dominated the game for the first and last five minutes, but it was enough to earn them their first ever league win at Beverley.

The home side had several players returning from long-term injury, while West were missing a handful of their own regulars.

In stepped Michael Hogan and Ross Wood in the front row and Craig Gilmour at number eight.

The former Horden star was making his West debut and his tackling was a major feature of the victory.

Against a home side low in confidence, West made the best possible start.

Andrew Cheslin attacked up the left wing after just four minutes and when was stopped on the home 22, Andrew Foreman fed Gareth Eddy, who barged his way to the line, shrugging off three tackles.

Stu Waites, returning at full-back in place of the injured Colin Cheslin, added the two points and West looked set for an easy afternoon.

Beverley had other ideas, however.

Read the full match report on West’s away win in today’s Sportmail.