LiveStory of the day: Wealdstone 2-7 Hartlepool United – Richie Bennett nets a hat-trick as Pools claim record National League win

Hartlepool United ran riot at Wealdstone on Saturday afternoon as they claimed their biggest National League win.

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 2:27 pm

A Richie Bennett hat-trick, a brace from Rhys Oates, a Nicky Featherstone penalty and another from Mark Shelton saw Pools lead 7-0 before two fine late consolation goals from Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Ryan Gondoh saw the game finish 7-2

The win keeps Pools top of the National League and extends their unbeaten run to 15.

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FULL-TIME: Wealdstone 2 (Lo-Everton 87, Gondoh 90+3) Hartlepool United 7 (Oates 25, 48 Bennett 39, 41, 82, Featherstone 62, Shelton 76)

Last updated: Saturday, 17 April, 2021, 13:37

  • Pools XI (3-5-2): Ravas; Ferguson, Odusina, Liddle, Cass, Sterry; Featherstone, Shelton, Holohan; Oates, Bennett
  • Pools bench: Armstrong, Donaldson, Elliott, Young, Williams
  • Wealdstone XI (3-5-2): Shelvey; Olowu, Cawley, Okimo; Mendy, Dyer, Phillips, Smith, Green; Gondoh, Lewis
  • Wealdstone subs: Askew, Charles, Wishart, Parish, Lo-Everton
  • Referee: Tom Reeves


Bennett’s chest is arrowed in by Oates.

We’re back under way!

Half-time player ratings

Ravas - 7

Ferguson - 8

Odusina - 7

Liddle - 8

Cass - 7

Sterry - 7

Featherstone - 7

Shelton - 7

Holohan - 7

Oates - 9

Bennett - 9

Half-time verdict from Dominic Scurr



35: Ravas great save to deny Phillip’s header

The Pools keeper keeps hold of the ball as well.

30: Bennett’s tight angled strike is saved by Shelvey

Good ball in by Ferguson, controlled by Bennett and denied by Shelvey.


Pools have the lead as Oates collects Liddle’s cross, turns on the spot and drills the ball into the bottom right corner.

22: Pools clear the danger and win a free-kick

21: Wealdstone force another corner

16: Holohan denied by a great save by Shelvey

Great work by Oates sets up Holohan whose half volley is well saved by Shelvey in the Wealdstone goal.

15: Ravas punches the corner clear

14: Wealdstone win their first corner of the afternoon

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