GATESHEAD RESERVES 0 HARTLEPOOL UNITED RESERVES 1

Adam Boyd scored the only goal of the game against Gateshead Reserves.
Adam Boyd scored the only goal of the game against Gateshead Reserves.

WHILE the rest of the country enjoyed the thrills and spills of the Carling Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Manchester City, there were 92 hardy souls at the windswept International Stadium.

A classic it was not – the conditions saw to that – but nonetheless there was enough goalmouth reserve-team action to suggest a return of just one goal was a tad shy.

It was Micky Barron’s Pools who were the architects behind the bulk of that offensive endeavour.

And Adam Boyd struck the only goal five minutes after the break – and the scorer came within a foot or so of a second when his 25-yard drill bounced narrowly wide.

Read Craig Hope’s full match report, plus all the build-up to the weekend’s game against Carlisle, in today’s Sportmail.