Hartlepool Utd keeper’s goal started winning run against Bournemouth

Scott Flinders scores his goal against Boutnemouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Flinders scores his goal against Boutnemouth. Picture by FRANK REID

SCOTT Flinders was the unlikely hero at the outset of Hartlepool United’s 10-game unbeaten run.

It was back in May that the goalkeeper’s last-gasp header against Bournemouth salvaged a 2-2 draw for Mick Wadsworth’s men – and they haven’t been defeated in the league since.

And, as Flinders prepares to face the same opponents tomorrow afternoon, the Pools ace told SportMail he’s banking on his team-mates to do the damage this time around.

“I’m always reminded of that goal and I always will be I suppose,” he told us today ahead of the 330-mile coach journey to the south coast.

“But that’s fine because it’s a happy memory and it’s great to think we haven’t been beaten since.

“But that’s gone, all I’m thinking about are the eight unbeaten games from the start of this season, that’s all that counts now.

“I’ll leave it to the other lads to get the goals and I hope I’m not charging up for any corners this weekend – that’ll probably mean we’ve done okay.”

Flinders came within an inch of repeating his scoring feat in the opening home game of this campaign against Walsall, his downfield punt bouncing over his opposite number Jimmy Walker only for Colin Nish to steal in on the line.

And he reflected: “I must admit I thought I’d scored.

“I turned away to celebrate but it turned out Nishy had toe-ended it over the line.

“That’s maybe for the best, though, because there might have been a bit of pressure on me to score all of the time if I’d done it again.”

Full story in Friday’s Mail