Pools progress with victory at Brandon

GOAL SCORER: Jordan Richards
GOAL SCORER: Jordan Richards

HARTLEPOOL United made comfortable progress in the Durham Challenge Cup at Brandon United.

Pools came back from the shock of going a goal down at the Welfare Ground to score five times via five different scorers.

Sam Collins fielded a young XI and he will have been satisfied with their night’s work.

They suffered a jolt on 10 minutes when Mark Ferguson gave the Northern League side the lead from a corner.

But Pools were soon level, Lewis Hawkins finishing superbly and they went 2-1 up on 18 minutes with an even better strike from Ben Wignall.

It was 3-1 11 minutes later with a great individual Zak Bogey goal.

Jordan Richards made it 4-1 in the 31st minute with a deflected shot.

The Ebac Division Two club responded with a Luke Wilson header on the stroke of half-time.

The second half was all Pools but their only goal was a composed Nialle Rodney finish 20 minutes from time.