FULL-TIME REPORT: Pools 0 Yeovil Town 1

HARTLEPOOL United equalled an unwanted club record as they slumped to a sixth home defeat on the bounce.

The game’s only goal arrived in the first half as Pools toiled their way through an uninspiring 90 minutes.

Mick Wadsworth had made just one change to the side which won at Scunthorpe seven days ago with Scott Flinders, free of suspension, replacing Andy Rafferty in goal.

Both sides made a subdued start which was broken by Andy Monkhouse’s 20-yard volley which clipped the visiting crossbar on 21 minutes.

That, though, seemed to jolt the Glovers into gear and they duly took the lead four minutes later.

Ed Upson stood up a left-wing corner and burly centre-back Bondz N’Gala got the better of Monkhouse to head into the bottom corner.

Yeovil should have doubled their lead on 36 minutes but Andrew Williams, having turned Peter Hartley inside out as he drove into the penalty box, blazed over the crossbar.

It remained at 1-0 entering the break as an sluggish first-half performance was greeted with a smattering of boos from the home crowd.

Adam Boyd was introduced at the break at the expense of James Poole and he immediately sought to make an impact, bursting beyond scorer N’Gala only to see a cheeky lob plucked to safety by a worried Rene Gilmartin.

But Pools soon became all too predictable once more as the visitors held a solid line at the back and afforded their hosts precious little room for manoeuvre.

And Kieran Agard should have put the result out of sight 10 minutes from time when he sprung the offside trap but the former Everton man was thwarted by Flinders.

Hartley was then denied when his header was saved by Gilmartin and Nathan Luscombe struck the post in the dying seconds as jeers rang out on the full-time whistle.