Story of the day: Gateshead 4-1 Hartlepool United – more pre-season frustration for Pools against National League North opposition

Hartlepool United suffered a 4-1 defeat in their third pre-season friendly match at Gateshead on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 24th July 2021, 4:45 pm

After taking an early lead through a trialist, Pools were pegged back by a brace from Cedwyn Scott that put the hosts 2-1 ahead at the break.

Further goals from Macaulay Langstaff and Grey Olley in the second half saw the Heed emerge as convincing winners in the end.

For Pools, it was the second consecutive friendly defeat to National League North opposition this week. Next up Blyth Spartans.

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Nicky Featherstone in action during the Gateshead FC v HUFC game. Pre-season friendly. 24-07-2021. Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson

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FULL-TIME: Gateshead 4 (Scott 33’, 41’, Langstaff 46’, Olley 64’) Hartlepool United 1 (Trailist 10)

Last updated: Saturday, 24 July, 2021, 18:44

  • Pools XI: Killip; Ferguson, Ogle, Liddle, Byrne, Sterry; Smith, Featherstone, Holohan; Olufela Olomola, Trialist
  • Pools subs: J.MacDonald, Molyneux, Odusina, Francis-Angol, Trialist, Trialist, Close, Trialist, Crawford
  • Gateshead XI: Cameron; Tinkler, Forbes, Storey, Trialist, Hunter, Olley, Ward, Langstaff, Campbell, Scott
  • Gateshead subs: Pani, Bolton, Wombwell, Thomas, Nelson, Trialist
  • Referee: Matthew East
  • Attendance: 723

Here’s what Gary Liddle had to say

“It wasn’t good enough really and we’ve got a lot of work to do between now and 14 days time,” he said.

“We’ve just been battered 4-1 so it’s not a good feeling. From where we are last season at Bristol to where we are right now, we need to get things sorted.

“Half-time there was words from the manager and he wasn’t happy.

“We came out second half and then conceded again straight away which wasn’t a great start and I’m sure only angered him more and at full time I haven’t got a clue because he didn’t come in which shows his anger I guess and I’m sure we’ll find out on Monday.”

Gary Liddle in action in the Gateshead FC v HUFC game. Pre-season friendly. 24-07-2021. Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson

Reaction from Dominic Scurr...

Full-time: Gateshead 4-1 Pools

83: Trialist 19 comes on for Trialist 11

81: Molyneux hits the side netting from a free-kick

78: Pools sub - Harry Close is on for Fela Olomola

Another change for Pools - Gary Liddle makes way for Timi Odusina and Zaine Francis-Angol is on for David Ferguson

Triple change for Pools

GOAL! Olley makes it 4-1

Ben Killip kicks the ball straight to Gateshead’s Adam Campbell who squares the ball for Olley to turn into an empty net.

57: Great save by Killip

Langstaff plays the ball to Olley whose strike is well tipped around the post by Killip.

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