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)

Exeter get the second half under way

Will we see more goals in the second half?

The teams are out for the second half

No changes for either side at the break.

Half-time Pools player ratings

Ben Killip - 6

Jamie Sterry - 6

Eddy Jones - 7

Neill Byrne - 7

Luke Hendrie - 7

Zaine Francis-Angol - 6

Nicky Featherstone - 6

Mark Shelton - 6

Matty Daly - 5

Mike Fondop - 6

Luke Molyneux - 7

Half-time verdict from Dominic Scurr

45: Matt Jay turns and forces a simple save from Killip

A decent chance for Exeter but Jay can’t quite connect properly as Killip scoops the shot up.

41: GOAL! Exeter equalise

Sam Nombe heads in from close range following Jake Caprice’s dinked delivery from the left. The visitors had been asking questions of Pools since the hosts took the lead.

31: Let off for Pools!

A neat exchange on the edge of the area sees Sam Nombe with a free shot on goal from eight yards out but his angled effort flies over the crossbar. Should have really tested the goalkeeper.


Molyneux picks up the ball one v one against the defender, cuts the ball onto his favoured left foot and rolls it sweetly into the bottom left corner of the goal. 1-0 Pools!

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