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

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

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Northampton get the game under way

3: Ben Killip with a good save early on

A curling effort from Sam Hoskins from the edge of the box is clawed away by Killip and cleared.

7: Aaron McGowan forces a straightforward save from Killip

The Pools keeper is called into action again, this time from an ambitious half volleyed effort from McGowan which is straight at him.

9: Great challenge from Francis-Angol

Featherstone’s attempted back pass is intercepted by Kion Etete but Zaine Francis-Angol gets ball brilliantly to make a last ditch block.

11: Etete stretches and almost ends up chipping Killip

Fortunately for Pools, the effort is wide of the left post.

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25: Sustained period of pressure from Pools

The ball bounces around the Northampton penalty area as Daly sees a shot blocked, Sterry puts a ball across the face of goal and Ferguson also sees a shot blocked. Closest the hosts have come to scoring so far.

28: Goodwin with a great chance

The Pools striker goes through on goal but shoots straight at the goalkeeper Liam Roberts.