Hartlepool’s first win in 13 games restores hope and belief

Hartlepool United (2) V Cheltenham Town (0).
Hartlepool United (2) V Cheltenham Town (0).

RONNIE Moore says Hartlepool United’s first league win in 13 attempts has restored “hope and belief” they can stay up this season.

Pools beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 at Victoria Park to reduce the gap to seven points and Moore was delighted to oversee his first win in charge.

Scott Fenwick opened the scoring in the 38th minute with a close range finish before Rakish Bingham sealed the win mid-way through the second half.

It was Pools’ best performance of the season and it brought an end to a 12-match winless streak thanks, in part, to a first clean sheet for three months.

Moore has called on his side to match the same level of performance in the crucial back-to-back away matches at Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers.

“We needed that never say die attitude, that togetherness and we had that,” said Moore.

“Everyone did what we asked of them.

“I was really pleased with them and it was a solid performance.

“The work ethic was there and if you get that every week you’ll win more than you lose.

“Rather than 10 points, it is down to single figures.

“We are still a long way off but this gives us hope and belief.

“If I can get that response week in, week out, then we can close the gap no problem.”

Victory was only Pools’ fourth of the season and the gap to third-bottom Carlisle United now stands at seven points.

The Cumbrians were beaten 1-0 at home to Cambridge United, while second bottom Tranmere Rovers picked up a point away at Morecambe.

Moore was keen to let his players enjoy the win before getting back down to work today at Maiden Castle, in Durham.

He told SportMail: “Let’s enjoy the win first and foremost – it has been that long coming!

“I told the players, take your missus out on Saturday and have a bite to eat.

“For once they didn’t need a mask or anything over their head in Hartlepool, they could show their faces because of the performance they had given.

“We need that again this weekend too.

“I had been crying out for that level of tempo and we had more shots in the first 10 minutes alone than in all the time I have been here.

“That is because we had the tempo right and got in good positions.

“That is the first time they have given me what I asked them to give me as a group.

“Individuals have before but not as a team – that is the level we need from them.”

Fenwick and Bingham scored the goals but it should have been a more comfortable afternoon, with Fenwick having a shot cleared off the line and he also shot just wide.

Jonathan Franks also went close as Pools dominated play for large periods.

Moore added: “I’m going home disappointed we only won 2-0 but I will take that every week.

“We have created chances, which we haven’t done in the past.

“We got a lot of balls in the box and on another day it could have been three or four.

“The clean sheet was a big thing for us, that was pleasing.”