Liam Kennedy's player ratings: Hartlepool United stars seize their opportunity to impress Richard Money at Leamington

Richard Money saw his Hartlepool United tenure get off to a winning start at Leamington - but how did the players fare in the FA Trophy tie?

Sunday, 16th December 2018, 7:53 am
Updated Sunday, 16th December 2018, 7:58 am
Richard Money was in the Pools dugout for the first time

In tricky conditions, a fine solo strike from Ryan Donaldson ensured that Pools wouldn't be subject to a giant-killing as they had been twelve months previously. And the victory was especially important for Money, who got off to an ideal start in the dugout and will have been left impressed by plenty of performances from his Hartlepool squad. But who does our man Liam Kennedy believe caught the eye? Click through the pages below to see who shone - and struggled - for Pools at Leamington:

Came for everything with purpose. A constant, calming influence in very difficult conditions... 7
Much more at home on the right-hand side of a back four... 7

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A commanding performance. Dealt with the physical threat of the opposition with ease... 7
An assured debut. Excellent first 45 in particular. Much to like about this show... 7
Got forward well, could just do with some extra quality in final third... 6
The deepest of Pools' midfielders and at times he looked a class above the opposition... 7
Quite a quiet day but when he got his opportunity he pounced with a wonderful solo strike to win it... 7
Left of the midfield three he was neat and tidy. Went close with one or two efforts... 7
An excellent first 45, clearly tired in the second... 7
Linked up reasonably well with Dinanga but never really got in enough positions to hurt the opposition... 6
Two brilliant chances to open his Pools account but squandered them. Was a constant threat, though... 7
(for Josh Hawkes 68) - Came on to add legs to the side... 6
(for Marcus Dinanga 79) ...N/A