Hartlepool United fans respond to £5 ticket offer to cheer Pools to safety

HOME: Victoria Park
HOME: Victoria Park

POOLS fans responded to the club’s call for support for yesterday’s crunch clash with Morecambe with the biggest crowd of the season at The Vic.

After a dismal run of five defeats on the spin left Colin Cooper’s side nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation places, Clarence Road bosses issued a plea for support by slashing admission prices to just £5.

And 4,864 fans poured into Victoria Park, almost 200 more than the previous highest gate of the campaign, 4,673 for the visit of York City back in January.

But for over an hour, the home fans had little to cheer after seeing their team fall behind to a goal in the first half and then struggle to really threaten the visiting goal.

Things got worse early in the second half when midfielder Simon Walton was shown a red card to leave the hosts a man short, but a stunning strike from Jack Compton levelled the scored before fellow substitute Jack Barmby slotted in what proved to be the winner.

After a nail-biting five minutes of injury time lapsed, many of the home team’s players sank to their knees in relief as jubilant fans celebrated in the stands.

With just two games remaining, the victory all but secures League Two football on Clarence Road next season.

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