Goalkeeper Ryan Catterick produced a man of the match performance in the Durham Challange Cup.
Our reporter Mark Donnelly has dished out his player ratings following the 2-1 win at Blackwell Meadows - scroll down and flick through our gallery to see how each player performed.
One blunder handed Darlington their opener, but atoned for that error with several stunning saves. Pools would have been dead and buried without him. Superb...9 Played on the right hand side of the back four and put in a tidy performance. Composed as ever in possession and dealt well with Darlington's threats out wide...6 A promising showing from the youngster, whose performance at centre back could provide Richard Money with a decision to make at first-team level...6 As he has done in these cup games previously, Miller impressed. Kept the lively Harvey Saunders relatively quiet throughout...6 The out of favour midfielder impressed throughout. Some good contributions, and he took his goal exceptionally well. One of Pools' better performers...7 At times looked a class above this game, His quality on the ball and distribution was well above that of any of his teammates...7 Tough at the back and always an option going forward, it's clear to see what Money sees in the Doncaster loanee. Plenty to build on from this showing...6 Another who was in and out of the clash in spells. When he did get going, his influence helped to drive Pools forward. Could be a welcome addition back to the first team picture...6 Played higher up on the left, Kitching failed to really affect proceedings in an attacking sense...5 Not his liveliest evening for large parts, but was composed when it mattered to hand Hartlepool a late lead...6 Held the ball up well but looked to be lacking some sharpness, Missed several opportunities to release the ball earlier and play in a teammate...6