Hartlepool United player ratings: Who was your star man in Pools 3 Maidstone 1?

Michael Woods: Outstanding. Picture by FRANK REID
Michael Woods: Outstanding. Picture by FRANK REID

Scott Loach: A brilliant double save at 1-0 and another stunner at 2-0 kept Pools on course when an opposition goal could have put a spoke in the wheel. What a signing. 8.

Carl Magnay: One wee wobble aside just before half-time aside, the skipper was again excellent. Got forward nicely. 7

Michael Ledger: Decent debut for the loan signing who slotted in alongside Keith Watson. Vital clearance after that second-half Loach save. 6.

Keith Watson: Scored a few in his time in Scotland and a timely first goal here. Defensively sound too and not afraid to kick it out. 7.

Nicky Deverdics: What a game. Provided one assist, almost one other and brought a decent save from the keeper from a free-kick. Got forward at every opportunity and got his crosses in early. 7.

Nicky Featherstone: Went about his work well, maybe not as demonstrative as his midfield comrades, but highly effective, with countless interceptions and successful passes. 7.

Lewis Hawkins: His work-rate means he often stands out when the team is not functioning, but here he and the team stood out. Loads of harrying, chasing and running. 7.

Michael Woods: Like a man possessed, he was many people’s star player, carrying on from his all-action display on Monday. Covered every blade of Dave Brown’s grass, winning the ball, moving the ball and not giving Maidstone a second’s peace. 8.

Devante Rodney: A 100% step up on the previous Saturday, giving the opposition an uncomfortable afternoon and having a couple of good attempts on goal. This was much more like it and something to build on. 6.

Connor Simpson: Talk about dream (full) debuts! After injury ruled out Jake Cassidy, the 17-year-old was asked to lead the line and he did that nicely and put the game to bed with an emphatic header in the second half. 8.

Jon Franks: Could he be Craig Harrison’s best signing? Having scored the winner at Guiseley, he headed in the vital second goal here and set up the match-sealing third. Forgiven for missing an easy first-half header. 8.

SUBSTITUTES

Ryan Donaldson (for Rodney 62) : Unable to convert a chance moments after scoring, but much better. 6.

Rhys Oates (for Simpson 79): Great to see the forward back to fitness and back on field. Came on up the middle and did well. N/A

Unused subs: Richardson, Newton, Munns.

Goals: Watson 19, Franks 57, Simpson 68

Booked: Watson 44, Hawkins 64

Maidstone: Worgan, Hare, Okuonghae, Paxman, Anderson, Wynter, Reason (Richards 58), Lewis, Hines (Wraight 79), Sam-Yorke (ter Horst 76), Pigott

Unused subs: Finney, Prestedge

Goal: ter Horst 90

Referee: P Gibbons. 6. Good game

Attendance: 4,137 (away 147)