'I need Jeff Stelling’s reaction...' - Hartlepool United fans are buzzing with play-off semi-final win against Stockport County
Hartlepool United have done it!
Pools have reached the National League play-off final at Bristol City next Sunday.
Rhys Oates grabbed the winner this afternoon against Stockport County to set up a National League play-off final at Ashton Gate next weekend.
That means Pools are one game away from the Football League now and will face Torquay United for a spot in League Two.
The National League play-off matches so far this season had been a far cry from the tense, cagey affairs you expect when the season is on the line. The previous three play-off matches had yielded 16 goals between them.
But for Stockport and Pools it was all about getting through, regardless of how they did it – claiming a spot in the promotion final against Torquay United at Ashton Gate on June 20 (2pm kick-off) was paramount.
As expected, Dave Challinor named an unchanged starting line-up from the side that had beaten Bromley 3-2 in the play-off eliminator match the week prior.
The attacker finished from 20-yards out with a fine, low strike to put Pools ahead with 15 minutes to go… a superb finish from the in-form top scorer.
Here, we take a look at what Hartlepool United fans are saying about today’s result Twitter ahead of the game:
@MrAndyroo81: “Brad James was phenomenal tonight.”
@GuiseppiJoe: “Yeeeesssssssss bring it on.”
@paulkeay: “YAAAASSSSS!!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!”
@Poolieboy1Les1: Get in there my beauties. Well done to you all. I'm crying my eyes out with joy.”
@john__sharpe: “That’s what the best manager in the league gets you absolute masterclass.”
@Bunney_93: “Huge win .. Congrats to everyone .. the boy @OatesRhys on fireeee.”
@RossHamMil: “You absolutely love to see it.”
@JMRphin: “YYYEEEAAAAASSSSSSSS!!!! GET IN BOYS!!!! PLAYOFF FINAL HERE WE COME!!! I AM ALIVE RIGHT NOW!!!”
@TheWillTommo: “YES POOOOOOOOOLLLS BRING THIS FORM TO BRISTOL”
@melissacwalsh: “Go on you beautiful Pools.”
@XxgemidodgerxX: “I need Jeff Stelling’s reaction to this like I need air.”
@thatguyneeks: “Well done to everyone at Hartlepool.”