Story of the day: Hartlepool United 1-0 Woking – Rhys Oates' late winner makes it nine unbeaten in the National League

Hartlepool United made it nine games unbeaten in the National League with a 1-0 victory over Woking at Victoria Park.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 4:53 pm

Rhys Oates’ late strike was enough to separate the sides on Saturday afternoon as Pools looked to be heading for a fourth straight draw.

But the three points sees Dave Challinor’s side close the gap at the top of the table to four points as they remain second in the table.

It’s also 28 points out of the last 30 available at Victoria Park.

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Gary Liddle and Nicky Featherstone of Hartlepool United and Niko Muir of Woking during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Woking at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 20th March 2021. (Credit: Chris Booth | MI News)

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FULL-TIME: Hartlepool United 1 (Oates 80) Woking 0

Last updated: Saturday, 20 March, 2021, 16:14

  • Pools XI to face Woking: Killip; Sterry, Johnson, Liddle, Ferguson; White, Featherstone, Williams; Molyneux, Oates, Armstrong
  • Pools subs: Holohan, Shelton, Bloomfield, Donaldson, Cooper
  • Pools bookings: Johnson (37)
  • Woking XI: Smith; Casey, Gerring, Diarra, Ferdinand, Jarvis, Lofthouse, Dempsey, Muir, Napa, Ashford
  • Woking subs: Cooper, Kretzschmar, Block, Wareham, Skinner
  • Woking bookings: none
  • Referee: Paul Marsden

70: Double change for Pools - Luke Williams and Tom White make way for Gavan Holohan and Mark Shelton

66: Ashford off the post

The Woking man is fed in by Kretzschmar, charges toward goal and blasts the ball past Killip but is denied by the left post.

64: Casey blasts over as Pools fail to break on the counter

Sterry’s low drive from the right side of the penalty area is blasted wide by Oates.


Jarvis’ cross is met by Ashford who connects well from close range by Killip somehow claws the ball away.

58: First change of the game - Woking’s Niko Muir is replaced by Max Kretzschmar

48: Molyneux puts a low ball in

Good start to the second half by Pools as Molyneux plays a ball to the front post with his right foot as Oates puts it just wide.

KICK-OFF: Luke Williams gets the second half started

Pools back out for the second half

No changes at the break.

Half-time player ratings

Killip - 7

Ferguson - 8

Johnson - 6

Liddle - 7

Sterry - 7

White - 7

Featherstone - 8

Williams - 7

Oates - 7

Armstrong - 7

Molyneux - 7

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