Hartlepool United player ratings: Scott Loach puts in 'stunning' performance as defenders falter at Harrogate

Hartlepool United lost out at Harrogate Town - but how did their players fare in North Yorkshire?

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 19 January, 2019, 15:39
Scott Loach was one of Hartlepool's standout performers

Goals from Lloyd Kerry, Jack Muldoon and Mark Beck sentenced Pools to a 3-1 defeat, with Nicke Kabamba - one of three players handed debuts by Richard Money - netting a consolation. But how did those debutants and their teammates fare? Our reporter, Mark Donnelly, has dished out his player ratings from the CNG Stadium - scroll down and click through the pages to see who shone for Hartlepool:

Little, if anything, he could do about the Harrogate goals. Made a couple of stunning stops with the penalty save in particular highlighting his value to this Pools side...7
A mixed performance. Looked shaky when put under pressure but made a couple of key interceptions. Penalised for the penalty and withdrawn at half-time ...5
Harrogate focused plenty of their attacks down Pools' right with the youngster often left vulnerable. Struggled against a strong front-line...5
Struggled in the early stages, which was perhaps to be expected given his lack of game time in recent weeks. Improved as the game went on and made some important contributions...6
A terrific assist for Kabamba's goal and defensively sound for the most part...6
Effective when he saw the ball, but the midfielder wasn't given too many opportunities to influence proceedings...6
Struggled as Pools were often over-run in midfield. His sloppy pass played a part in Harrogate's second and it was perhaps no surprise to see him sacrificed before the hour...5

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A quiet afternoon for the usually lively frontman. No shortage of effort but wasn't able to make a meaningful impact on the game...6
Was at the heart of everything good Pools did in the first-half with his delivery first class. Faded in the second, but still a strong debut...7
An industrious and whole-hearted debut. Put himself about and proved a real handful before deservedly finding the back of the net...7
Did his job well but, with Pools pinned back for large parts, was left frustrated and often isolated up top...6
(for Magnay 45) - Added some much-needed composure to the backline and made some crucial blocks...6
(for Featherstone 59) - Playing in an unfamiliar midfield role, his energy and enthusiasm helped Pools. Could have played himself into contention for a start next week...6
(for James 62) - Took an early blow and his impact was limited...5