Hartlepool United’s day gets worse as drop zone gets three points closer

Scott Flinders: Beaten from spot
Scott Flinders: Beaten from spot

Hartlepool United’s day started badly and got no better as they ended the first Saturday in January closer to the relegation zone.

Pools were left frustrated after their vital League Two match at Newport County postponed this morning after heavy rain in South Wales left Rodney Parade waterlogged.

And Pools then could only sit and watch as the division’s bottom two both won.

Dagenham & Redbridge gained back-to-back wins with a 2-1 victory at Exeter City to move out of the drop zone and into 22nd, just a point behind Pools.

And previous bottom club Yeovil earned their first league win in 17 games to send York to the basement.

Hartlepool-born midfielder Matthew Dolan won it for the Glovers from the penalty spot in the first half. Francois Zoko was tripped by Luke Summerfield and Dolan placed the ball into the left corner to beat former team-mate Scott Flinders.

At St James Park, Ashley Chambers headed the winner against Exeter City to give John Still a triumphant start to his third spell as Dagenham & Redbridge manager.

Joss Labadie nodded the visitors ahead early on, before Tom Nicols levelled with a header just before the break.

But Chambers netted 16 minutes from time to lift Dagenham out of the relegation places.

Pools, in 21st, are just a point above the Daggers and three in front of the Glovers but have FOUR games in hand on both clubs.