Hartlepool United 0 Solihull Moors 1: Late show bites Pools yet again

Jake Cassidy
Jake Cassidy

On a day where Hartlepool United were desperate to toast Raj Singh's takeover with three points, the were yet again hit with a late sucker punch.

Adi Yussuf scored an 88th minute winner for relegation-threatened Moors, as they climbed out of the National League dropzone.

Pools remain seven points clear of the drop, with Barrow sliding into the bottom four.

On the selection front Matthew Bates made just the one change from the side beaten by Guiseley on Easter Monday.

Rhys Oates was recalled up top, with Devante Rodney dropping to the bench.

Apart from that one change it is as you were for Pools, who are likely to again set up in their 4-1-2-1-2 formation.

Liam Donnelly missed out on a place in the Pools matchday squad, having failed to shake off an ankle and calf problem picked up while on international duty.

Having flattered to deceive against the National League's basement boys earlier in the week, Pools carried on where they left off in this encounter.

Out-passed, out-thought and out-played in the opening 45, the hosts had Scott Loach to thank for keeping things scoreless at the break.

He made a string of saves, probably the best from match-winner Yussuf, following an error by makeshift right-back Lewis Hawkins.

Just six minutes before half-time Fiacre Kelleher missed a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock. A dangerous cross from Pools' right found its way though to Kelleher who turned over the bar from just two yards. It was a real let off for the hosts.

After the break Pools were brighter without really creating anything of note in front of goal, while Moors were a constant threat on the break.

That was until youngster Josh Hawkes, not shy in having a crack, lined an effort up from 30 yards and rattled the Solihull bar with a belter.

Anything Pools can do, so can the Moors. At the other end substitute Omari Sterling-James, just a few minutes after coming on, clipped Scott Loach's bar with a similarly ambitious effort.

And, much like Monday, after getting within touching distance of another vital point, a cross from the right was turned home by Yussuf to see Pools slip to yet another home loss.