Story of the night: Blyth Spartans 2-1 Hartlepool United – promotion hangover continues at Croft Park

Hartlepool United suffered their third straight pre-season defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by Blyth Spartans at Croft Park on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, 27th July 2021, 8:52 pm

Goals in either half from Jordan Hickey and JJ O’Donnell gave the National League North side a 2-0 lead before Nicky Featherstone’s looping header pulled a goal back for Pools, who have now been beaten by all three of their National League North opponents in pre-season.

Next up for Dave Challinor’s side is Northern Premier Division One side Dunston UTS.

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Luke Molyneux and Robbie Dale in action during Blyth Spartans v HUFC pre-season friendly. 27-07-2021. Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson

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FULL-TIME: Blyth Spartans 2 (Hickey 9’, O’Donnell 75’) Hartlepool United 1 (Featherstone 79’)

Last updated: Tuesday, 27 July, 2021, 20:48

  • Pools XI: Trialist, Sterry, Odusina, Liddle, Trialist, Ferguson, Shelton, Featherstone, Holohan, Molyneux, Trialist
  • Pools subs: Killip, Trialist, Smith, Crawford, Olomola, MacDonald, Ogle, Byrne, Francis-Angol, Trialist, Close
  • Confirmed Pools trialists: Shaun MacDonald (GK), Jake Lawlor, Adam Smith (GK)
  • Blyth XI: Mitchell, Byrne, Lees, Buddle, Watson, Liddle, Deverdics, Hickey, O’Donnell, McNall, Dale
  • Blyth subs: Trialist, Evans, Trialist, Painter, McKeown, Gillies, Clark, Reid, Trialist
  • Referee: Adam Williamson
  • Attendance: 815

Verdict from Dominic Scurr

Full-time: Blyth 2-1 Pools

GOAL! Featherstone pulls one back with a looping header!

Featherstone heads toward goal and it loops into the top right corner. 2-1

GOAL! Blyth double their lead on the counter

A swift attacking break from Blyth sees JJ O’Donnell finish it off with a fine strike into the bottom left corner of the goal.

74: Second change for Blyth - Robbie Dale is replaced by Jamie Clark

67: Pools’ trialist #9 leaves the field for treatment

63: Fela Olomola comes on for Gavan Holohan as Pools make their first change

60: Quiet start to the second half so far

Pools enjoying decent spells of possession but not creating any real chances to draw themselves level.

Second half under way

Can Pools turn it around?

Half-time chances for Blyth

Josh Gillies and Ben Milburn replace Nathan Buddle and Lewis McNall.

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