FULL-TIME REPORT: Harrogate Railway Athletic 0 Hartlepool United 2
Lewis Hawkins and Scott Fenwick scored as Hartlepool United made it two wins in as many nights
Pools got off to a flying start at Station View when HAWKINS made a positive run forward and let fly from the centre of the goal, his right-footed shot beating the keeper from 18 yards.
It was almost two within five minutes, but keeper Tom Goodwin got down superbly to his left to keep out Rakesh Bingham’s shot.
Matthew Bates had an opportunity to double the lead on 14 minutes when he met Kudus Oyenuga’s corner from the right cleanly, but his free header cleared the crossbar.
Harrogate came close to an equaliser when Trevor Carson played a pass out which put Josh Nearney in trouble.
Jack Stockdill picked up possession and curled an effort towards goal but was just a coat of paint outside Carson’s right corner.
Hawkins almost added his second in the 38th minute but he flashed his shot wide after good combination play between Nearney and Brad Walker.
Walker, fresh from his double at Billingham Town, was next to try his luck from the edge of the area after good work by Hawkins, but the midfielder saw his effort blocked.
Harrogate Railway Athletic 0 Pools 1
Pools came out with an enitrely new XI for the second half and with great purpose.
Triallist Leon Dawson’s great cross from the left set up Billy Paynter in the 47th minute but the home keeper made a brilliant one-handed save down to his left.
His strike partner Scott Fenwick was next to go close from close range from Fergus Bell’s cross only to see Goodwin palm it away.
Pools had clearly upped the tempo and a second goal looked inevitable and they went agonisingly close in the 64th minute.
Paynter turned superbly from 30 yards and his right footer looked destined for the goal but the keeper made a flying save to his left.
The Harrogate keeper was playing a blinder, denying triallist Jonny Giles’s shot from edge of box.
But the stopper was finally beaten in the 73rd minute when FENWICK made it 2-0.
He was played in by Stuart Parnaby, with the Geordie completing a good lobbed finish from 18 yards
Pools First Half: Carson, Richards, Bates, Nearney, Oyenuga, Featherstone, Carroll, Hawkins, Walker, Bingham, Smith.
Pools Second Half: Bartlett, Duckworth, Worley, Parnaby, Green, Bell, Nelson-Addy, Dawson (Skidmore 66, Blackford 76), Giles, Fenwick, Paynter.