LiveStory of the day: Hartlepool United 3-1 Chesterfield – Pools start bank holiday weekend with a bang to go 16 unbeaten
Hartlepool United made it 16 games unbeaten in the National League with a 3-1 victory over Chesterfield at Victoria Park.
Goals from Rhys Oates, a Josef Yarney own goal and another from Luke Armstrong in the first half were enough to seal the three points for Pools despite former defender Fraser Kerr pulling a goal back for Chesterfield in the second half.
The win keeps Pools third in the table going into the bank holiday Monday match at Bromley (3pm kick-off).
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FULL-TIME: Hartlepool United 3 (Oates 4, Yarney og 39, Armstong 43) Chesterfield 1 (Kerr 62)
Last updated: Saturday, 01 May, 2021, 20:16
- Pools XI: Ravas; Ferguson, Odusina, Liddle, Cass, Sterry; Featherstone, Shelton, Holohan; Oates, Armstrong
- Pools subs: Donaldson, Francis-Angol, White, Elliott, Saunders
- Pools bookings:
- Chesterfield XI: G.Smith; Carline, Yarney, Kerr, Maguire, Weston, Taylor, Clarke, Tyson, Rowe, Oyeleke
- Chesterfield subs: Rowley, Mandeville, Whelan, M.Smith, Mitchell
- Chesterfield bookings:
- Referee: Darren Williams
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A great win for Pools today. We’ll be back on Monday for another crucial National League game at Bromley.
Head to the Hartlepool Mail website for all the latest build-up, action and reaction.
Lewis Cass injury upate
A slight tendinopathy knee injury for Lewis Cass, will likely miss Monday’s game but will be fine for next weekend.
Hartlepool manager Dave Challinor gives his thoughts on the game
“I’m delighted to win. Job done from our perspective with the results that happened earlier,” Dave Challinor said.
“Our intensity was great in the first half as it has been for the majority of the season.
“They threw caution to the wind slightly in the second half and change their shape so it was about defending for us in the second half slightly to protect the lead.”
Another impressive win for Pools following an excellent first half performance that saw them 3-0 up at the break.
That proved to be enough despite Chesterfield trying to get back into the game in the second half.
16 games unbeaten now, 12 wins from 13 at Victoria Park and still in the title race with five games to go.
Bring on Bromley!
Full-time: Hartlepool United 3-1 Chesterfield
Four minutes added
87: Final change for Pools - Rhys Oates is replaced by Ryan Donaldson
85: Rhys Oates suffering from a bit of cramp late on here - looks okay to continue
83: Final change for Chesterfield - Jack Clarke is replaced by Kairo Mitchell
79: Second change for Pools - Luke Armstrong is replaced by Harvey Saunders for his Pools debut
78: Mandeville shoots wide
Pools fail to clear the ball as Mandeville shoots wide of the right post from the edge of the box.
76: Chesterfield corner
72: Oates over runs the ball!
Oates does brilliantly to bear down on goal with Armstrong alongside him. The Pools forward continues his run instead of passing to Armstrong and the chance goes begging. Oates stretches to try and get a shot away and takes out Maguire as a result.
70: Mandeville beats Liddle and his long range effort is gathered by Ravas
Pools need to stay alert here.
62: Fraser Kerr heads the ball in from a corner to pull one back for Chesterfield
The defender never scored for Pools but has a goal for Chesterfield to give them some hope in the game.