Player ratings: Stevenage v Hartlepool United

Lively up front: Rakish Bingham
Lively up front: Rakish Bingham

Steady stuff from the Hartlepool United team, who can’t find some of the heeights of the previous four matches.

Adam Bartlett: Conceded twice but otherwise not stretched. 6

Michael Duckworth: Busy down the right. 6

Scott Harrison: Beaten for the second goal but otherwise decent. 6

Matthew Bates: Early finish with 18th minute injury. 6

Jake Carroll: Like Duckworth got forward but several over-hit passes. 6

Carl Magnay: Worked hard in both halves and even got into a couple of shooting positions. 6

Michael Woods: Couldn’t repeat his late heroics of the previous Saturday. 6

Nicky Featherstone: Keeps the side ticking along, would be nice to see a shot or two. 7

Billy Paynter: Quietest match so far for Pools skipper. 6.

Scott Fenwick: The same could be said of last season’s top scorer. 6

Rakish Bingham: Had the majority of Pools chances and will be disappointed not to have beaten Day in the first half. 7


Andrew Boyce (for Bates 18 mins): A tough ask for the loanee to come on at the back after only two training sessions, but a decent start. 6

Rhys Oates (for Fenwick 61): Made his contribution to the best Pools spell of the game but missed a great chance. 6

Ebby Nelson-Addy (for Woods 72): Saw plenty of ball in first appearance of season, a few nice touches. 6

Stevenage: Day, Franks, Hughes, Wells, Ogilvie, Schumacher, Gordon (Whelpdale 62), Gorman, Lee (Hitchcock 83), Akinyemi (Pett 71), Williams

Unused subs: Kettings, Okimo, Casey, Conlon

Goal: Franks 45, Williams 88

Booked: Gorman

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 2,639