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Hartlepool United lost 4-2 to Maidenhead United on Saturday afternoon but Rhys Oates’ first half strike certainly turned a few heads.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 12:18 pm

Pools were 1-0 down to Danilo Orsi’s strike for Maidenhead when Oates grabbed the ball, jinked past a few defenders in close proximity before turning another and finding the bottom left corner of the goal.

It was a phenomenal solo effort that would ultimately prove to be in vain as Sam Barratt went on to net a hat-trick for The Magpies to put them 4-1 ahead.

Substitute Danny Elliott grabbed a late consolation for Pools as they suffered their first home defeat of 2021, leaving them fourth in the table.

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Oates’ strike was his 12th of the season for Hartlepool and it’s not the first time the 26-year-old has netted a fine solo goal this campaign with his strike in a 4-0 win over Stockport County back in December also earning plenty of plaudits.

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Hartlepool United's Rhys Oates celebrates after scoring their first goal during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Maidenhead United at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 8th May 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

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