How did Hartlepool United's players rate against Havant & Waterlooville? Liam Kennedy's gives his views

Michael Woods battles for the ball at Westleigh Park.
Michael Woods battles for the ball at Westleigh Park.

Hartlepool United made it four wins out of four in the National League and climbed to their highest position in the fifth tier since relegation.

But how the players perform individually? Here's our man Liam Kennedy's take...



Pools XI (3-5-2)

Scott Loach - A number of top class saves. The best keeper in this division, without doubt. And no, I don't need to see them all to know that... 7

Peter Kioso - A physical game for the kid. Still dealing with every challenge this division throws at him... 7

Carl Magnay - Two very difficult moments in the opening 45. Steadied himself in the second half... 6

Myles Anderson - Very clever for the penalty win. An otherwise very solid game. One brilliant goal-saving tackle... 8

Ryan Donaldson - His stop on the line prevented the game slipping away from Pools, and gave them the platform to win it. Defensively sound, despite his wing history... 8

Liam Noble - Two more penalties to add to the collection. A match-winner in his own right. Heading for a double figures season... 8

Nicky Featherstone - Busy, tidy and did the simple things well... 7

Michael Woods - Plenty of runs into the box. Saw plenty of the ball. Injury cut his afternoon short... 6

Mark Kitching - Came as close as ever to opening his account for Pools. One header and one half volley, both went close... 7

Luke James - Another game where he had to create chances for himself. Can never fault his workrate, or his quality for that matter... 7

Niko Muir - Probably his quietest game in a Pools shirt. There's no shame in that... 6


Paddy McLaughlin (for Woods 55) - His move into the midfield was seamless... 6

Marcus Dinanga (for James 72) - Lively run out. Will be champing at the bit to get more minutes under his belt... 6

Conor Newton (for Noble 90) ...N/A

Not used: Kenton Richardson, Josh Hawkes.

Yellow: Kioso, Woods

Red: None

Goal(s): Noble PEN 24, PEN 90

Havant & Waterlooville XI: Rory Williams (Ibra Sekajia 72), Brian Stock, Ed Harris, Wes Fogden, Theo Lewis (Alfie Rutherford 59), Nicke Kabamba, Bradley Tarbuck, Mike Carter, Jordan Rose (Ryan Woodford 46), Paul Robinson.

Not used: Alfie Pavey, Aaron Cosgrave.

Yellow: Carter

Red: None

Goal(s): Woodford 83

Attendance: 1,272

Referee: Carl Brook - Very card happy. Some baffling decisions, both ways to be fair. Penalty was a close call... 4