WEST Hartlepool came agonisingly close to causing a mighty upset away at league leaders Darlington Mowden Park.
Coming away with a losing bonus point was no mean feat, but West will be bitterly disappointed as they battled in the closing stages for that elusive try.
Mowden found a way to win without playing anywhere near their best and left West to reflect on a couple of chances they really should have scored from in the first half.
West’s points all came from the boot of Stu Waites, the full-back landing four from four.
They also threatened with ball in hand, but could not find the scoring pass when they needed it.
However, they showed great determination in the second half, having to play 20 minutes down to 14 men thanks to back-to-back yellow cards.
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