COLIN Nish was the two-goal hero as Hartlepool United climbed to fifth in League One courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Bury.
The win extends Pools’ unbeaten start to the season to a club record eight matches and also saw Nobby Solano net his first for the club.
Mick Wadsworth made one change to the side which won at Carlisle seven days ago with Sam Collins replacing Ritchie Humphreys at the back.
Gary Liddle bagged the opening goal against the Cumbrians and he came close to repeating the trick inside 50 seconds against the Shakers, the midfielder bursting onto Tony Sweeney’s throughball only to see his low, studded effort skip wide.
At the other end Stephen Wright was forced into a brave block just yards from goal after David Worrall had taken aim with a close-range blast.
But it was Pools who were enjoying the better of the early blows and Adam Boyd headed onto the roof of the net from six yards after Neil Austin had swept a deep delivery to the back post.
Another Austin centre was then only half cleared as far as Paul Murray and his first-time steer was well held by Sunderland loanee Trevor Carson.
But Carson was beaten on 34 minutes, former Newcastle United ace Solano ghosting by two static Bury shirts before poking into the bottom corner from eight yards.
Pools cruised through to the break with their lead intact and doubled the advantage six minutes after half-time.
Paul Murray whipped into the area from the left and, when the ball ran loose, it was Nish who reacted quickest before smashing into the roof of the net for his second of the season.
And the towering Scot had his second 16 minutes from time, stealing possession from the dithering Ashley Eastham before charging into the area and tucking confidently beneath Carson.
And Nish came within a stud’s length of completing his hat-trick when James Poole’s low cross evaded his outstretched leg late on.
Read Craig Hope’s match report and analysis in Monday’s Mail ...