Story of the day: Gateshead 1-4 Hartlepool United – Pools end pre-season with a bang at the International Stadium

Hartlepool United ended their pre-season with a convincing 4-1 win at Gateshead.

Saturday, 26th September 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Saturday, 26th September 2020, 8:40 pm
Gary Liddle wins a header during Gateshead FC v Hartlepool United at the International Stadium, Gateshead. Picture by FRANK REID

Gary Liddle’s first-half strike saw Pools lead 1-0 at the break before Joe Grey, David Parkhouse and Claudio Ofosu saw the visitors run out as convincing winners.

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Dave Challinor’s side were denied a clean sheet late on as Macaulay Langstaff broke away to make it 4-1 with the last kick of the game.

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FULL-TIME: Gateshead 1 (Langstaff 90’) Hartlepool United 4 (Liddle 28’, Grey 48’, Parkhouse 64’, Ofosu 81’)

Last updated: Saturday, 26 September, 2020, 12:42

  • Hartlepool ended their pre-season with a convincing win at the GIS.
  • Gateshead XI: Trialist (Montgomery), O’Donnell, Cooper, Trialist, Forbes, Nicholson, Olley, Hunter, Preston, Deverdics, Smith
  • Gateshead subs: Langstaff, Guthrie, Trialist, Leech, Trialist, Bolton
  • Pools XI:  Killip, Donaldson, Liddle, Odusina, Ferguson, Featherstone, Crawford, Holohan, Parkhouse, Grey, Ofosu

Welcome to our matchday live blog!

We’re in! We’re back covering a pre-season friendly match as Pools take on Gateshead this afternoon (1pm kick-off). 

Dave Challinor and Mike Williamson’s sides have had a hectic pre-season with coronavirus uncertainty lingering overhead. 

It’s Dominic Scurr back here at the International Stadium providing match updates as they develop throughout the day. 

Last time out at Victoria Park

Pools hit Northern League Division Two side Brandon United for 12 last week. 

You can watch full-highlights from the game below…

Last time out at the GIS

Gateshead secured a 1-0 victory over nearby South Shields.

Jack Hunter scored the only goal of the game at the International Stadium.

Watch the full match live with commentary - live streaming details

With the match taking place behind closed doors, Gateshead are operating a pay per view live stream for supporters to watch the match live. 

Commentary will be provided by the Heed Army podcast’s David Gaddess and Pools legend Michael Barron. 

Alternatively, you can stick with us and enjoy our live blog updates throughout the day!

It’s been a difficult pre-season for Pools so far

Hartlepool United were set to host Consett last night prior to a last-minute cancellation. 

It was the third pre-season cancellation for Pools and second in the space of 24 hours after Middlesbrough Under-23s pulled out of the proposed friendly at Victoria Park after it was confirmed a Pools player had tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement issued by the club read: “The Club is disappointed to announce that tonight’s [Friday, September 25] pre-season friendly against Consett AFC has been cancelled.

“As a result of additional Covid restrictions introduced over the last 24 hours, Durham FA’s regulations now prohibit any team from step 3 and below from being involved in friendly games whatsoever."

The last meeting between the sides at the GIS was quite eventful

The final 10-minutes saw a red card and two penalties, the second of which was missed by Liam Noble. 

We’re here at the GIS!

The Pools line-up is in

Live stream start at 12:45

At long last, news of Pools’ kit!

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