Story of the day: Hartlepool United 2-1 Northampton Town – Pools come from behind to get back to winning ways

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Hartlepool United got back to winning ways at Victoria Park as they came from behind to beat Northampton Town 2-1.

Second half goals from David Ferguson and Luke Molyneux cancelled out Sam Hoskins’ well taken opening goal to confirm a much needed three points for Pools.

It was their first win in five league games and one that took them up to eighth in the table.

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David Ferguson scores for Pools.David Ferguson scores for Pools.
David Ferguson scores for Pools.

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LIVE: Hartlepool United 2 (Ferguson 52, Molyneux 83’) Northampton Town 1 (Hoskins 50’)

Key Events

  • Pools XI : Killip; Ferguson, Francis-Angol, Byrne, Hendrie (Cook 61), Sterry; Featherstone, Shelton (Grey 61), Daly; Molyneux, Goodwin
  • Pools subs: Mitchell, Odusina, Ogle, Cook, Cullen, Grey, Fondop
  • Pools bookings:
  • Northampton XI: Roberts; McGowan, Sowerby (Connolly 78), Guthrie, Horsfall, Hoskins, Lewis, Pinnock (Kabamba 85), Koiki, McWilliams, Etete (Ashley-Seal 86)
  • Northampton subs: Woods, Kabamba, Connolly, Pollock, Flores, Ashley-Seal, Dyche
  • Northampton bookings: Hoskins (67)
  • Referee: Ben Toner
  • Attendance: 5,522 (250 Northampton)

Good morning! Welcome back to our Pools live blog

Hartlepool United are back in League Two action this afternoon as they host Northampton Town.

Pools currently sit 13th in League Two following a run of four games without a win but are just one point off the play-offs.

Northampton have lost just one of seven away games this season and sit a point above Pools in the table.

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Here are today’s League Two fixtures

Dave Challinor previews today’s match

Challinor said: “From our perspective, it’s another good opportunity to get three points. We’ve still got a good record at The Vic, take away the point last time against Exeter which I maintain was a good point.

“It’s another tough game for us but it’s one where we know the team coming up against us will be expecting a tough game. I’m sure the place will be bouncing again and it’s an opportunity for us to perform against a side with only a point between us and a chance to jump above them.

“Going into it, we expect different scenarios from the game in terms of shape, in terms of they’ve played differently at home compared with away and we’ll see whether that’s the case or not. We’ve got to look after ourselves and we know if we produce the best part of us then we’ve got a good chance of winning.”

Dave Challinor.Dave Challinor.
Dave Challinor.

How should Pools line-up today?

Big appointment at Pools before kick-off - Clint Hill joins as assistant manager

The Pools team is in!

Pools XI : Killip; Ferguson, Francis-Angol, Byrne, Hendrie, Sterry; Featherstone, Shelton, Daly; Molyneux, Goodwin

Pools subs: Mitchell, Odusina, Ogle, Cook, Cullen, Grey, Fondop

Two changes from the last league game for Pools