Hartlepool United player ratings: How did Pools perform v Maidenhead?

Scott Loach.
Scott Loach.

At the fifth time of asking Hartlepool United produced their first National League win of the campaign.

A narrow 2-1 win over Maidenhead was enough to get the ball rolling for Pools in the fifth tier - but how did their players rate? Our man Liam Kennedy has his say...

Pools XI (3-5-2)

Scott Loach - Another game where he had very little to do... 6

Peter Kioso - Getting better and better, game by game. Looks at home in the centre... 7

Carl Magnay - Has really stepped up to the plate in the absence of Andrew Davies... 7

Myles Anderson - Should have got on the scoresheet, but did his defence work well... 7

Ryan Donaldson - What a ball for Luke James' opener. Always an outlet... 7

Nicky Featherstone - One of the best finishes you will see anywhere this weekend... 8

Liam Noble - It's getting boring saying it, but pulls the strings. So close to a second for the club when he hit the bar... 8

Michael Woods - The system has been tweaked but Woods continues to support the strikers. Has been a revelation since coming back in... 7

Mark Kitching - A quieter one for the left-back after his man of the match contender at Braintree... 6

Niko Muir - Forget the goals, his hold up and link play is a joy to watch... 7

Luke James - Great finish, deserved goal. Another tireless display from the striker. A class act... 8

Subs

Paddy McLaughlin (for Woods 86) ...N/A

Jake Cassidy (for James 90) ...N/A

Not used: Louis Laing, Conor Newton, Marcus Dinanga.

Yellow: Woods, Noble

Red: None

Goal(s): James 47, Featherstone 59

Maidenhead XI (4-5-1): Carl Pentney; Remy Clerima Ayo Obileye, Alan Massey, Chinua Cole; Harold Odametey, James Comley, Ryan Upward, Max Worsfold (Josh Kelly 62), Nana Owusu (Adrian Clifton 48); Ryan Bird (James Mulley 62).

Not used: Herson Alves, Christian Smith.

Yellow: None

Red: None

Goal(s): Massey 79

Referee: Simon Mather - A solid enough game... 6

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