Match ratings: How did Hartlepool players rate in Dover defeat?

Padraig Amond, Ryan Donaldson and Jake Cassidy at the end
Padraig Amond, Ryan Donaldson and Jake Cassidy at the end

Hartlepool United suffered an opening day loss to Dover Athletic and a rather unceremonious welcome to National League football after 96 years in the Football League.

But how did Pools players rate in the Victoria Park defeat? Here's Liam Kennedy's take...

Pools XI (4-3-3)

Scott Loach - When called upon was more than up to the task. Blameless for the goal... 6

Carl Magnay - Solid enough 90 from the skipper. One of few to emerge with semblance of credit... 6

Louis Laing - One timely piece of defensive work early on prevented an opener but struggled a touch after that... 5

Scott Harrison - Had a tough battle on his hands with former Pools man Ryan Bird... 6

Liam Donnelly - Given a torrid time in the opening 45. Not helped by a lack of support... 5

Conor Newton - Passing was a bit wayward but on the whole improved as the game went on. Had a second-half strike saved... 6

Michael Woods - A 45 minutes to forget. Struggled to get find any kind of space in a congested midfield. Subbed at break... 5

Lewis Hawkins - Energetic as ever. Poor in first half, improved with the opening up of space as the game went on... 5

Jack Munns - Far from ideal debut. Not how he would have planned it. Suspect for Dover goal... 5

Ryan Donaldson - Never shirked his responsibilities but didn't give the creative spark Harrison was looking for... 5

Padraig Amond - Struggled to give Pools a focal point in the first-half. Improved with support of Cassidy in the second... 6


Rhys Oates (for Munns, 46) - Lots of energy and carved open one of Pools better chances... 6

Jake Cassidy (for Woods, 46) - Held the ball up well. Should start next game... 6

Nicky Deverdics (for Hawkins, 80) ...N/A

Subs not used: Ryan Catterick, Kenton Richardson.

Yellow: None

Red: None

Goal(s): None

Dover Athletic XI (5-3-2): Mitchell Walker, Joshua Passley, Femi Ilesanmi, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Manny Parry, Connor Essam, Kane Richards ( Kadell Daniel, 82), Mitch Brundle, Jamie Allen (Tobi Sho-Silva, 63), Ryan Bird, Nortei Nortey (Mitch Pinnock, 80).

Subs not used: George Essuman, Manny Adebowale.

Yellow: None

Red: None

Goal(s): Jamie Allen 29

Referee: Peter Wright - Not helped at all by his fellow officials... 4

Attendance - 3,954