Story of the day: Hartlepool United 1-1 Exeter City – Pools drop points at Victoria Park for the first time this season

Hartlepool United were denied a Victoria Park victory for the first time in League Two this season as they drew 1-1 with Exeter City.

Saturday, 25th September 2021, 10:26 am
Updated Saturday, 25th September 2021, 5:25 pm

Luke Molyneux’s first Football League goal gave Pools a first half lead before Exeter’s Sam Nombe equalised before the break.

The second half saw a few half chances but neither side were able to find the winner as they had to settle for a point.

It's only the third time in 2021 Pools have failed to win a league match at home.

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Hartlepool United's Luke Molyneux shoots and scores their first goal during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Hartlepool United and Exeter City at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 25th September 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

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FULL-TIME: Hartlepool United 1 (Molyneux 25’) Exeter City 1 (Nombe 41’)

Last updated: Saturday, 25 September, 2021, 18:25

  • Hartlepool United, with a newly contracted Dave Challinor, host Exeter City at Victoria Park this afternoon.
  • The Grecians sit level on points with Pools in the table but are a place above them due to superior goal difference.
  • Pools XI: Killip; Jones, Francis-Angol, Byrne, Hendrie, Sterry; Featherstone, Shelton, Daly; Molyneux, Fondop
  • Pools subs: Mitchell, Odusina, Ogle, Smith, Goodwin, Cook, Cullen
  • Pools bookings: Byrne (90)
  • Exeter XI: Dawson; Caprice, Ray, Jay, Nombe, Key (Edwards 84), Dieng (Atangana 69), Taylor (Collins 56), Brown, Sweeney, Hartridge
  • Exeter subs: Lee, Atangana, Collins, Amond, Daniel, Kite, Edwards
  • Exeter bookings: Ray (46), Dieng (59)
  • Referee: Leigh Doughty
  • Attendance: 5,194 (171 Exeter)

76: Caprice fizzes a shot just wide of the right post from the edge of the box

69: Second change for Exeter - Tim Dieng makes way for Nigel Atangana

68: Daly forces a save from Dawson

The Pools midfielder finds himself in space on the edge of the box and opts for placement over power as his stroked effort is collected by Dawson with a comfortable diving save.

60: ALMOST! Molyneux breaks away

Molyneux charges down the right and plays a low ball into the box which just misses Fondop’s foot which would have surely seen the net bulge had it made contact.

Unhandled:

59: Dieng is booked for a foul on Daly

56: First change of the game - Archie Collins replaces Kyle Taylor for Exeter

50: Josh Key curls wide after pouncing on Eddy Jones’ sliding tackle

49: Jevani Brown shoots straight into the hands of Killip from the edge of the box

46: George Ray is shown a yellow card for Exeter

The Grecians’ defender pulled back Molyneux who looked to break away.

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