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After impressing against higher opposition against Middlesbrough earlier in pre-season, Spennymoor once again put on a high quality display, but were ultimately beaten by a well drilled Hartlepool side.

Luke James scored the game’s solitary goal, hooking in from close range after Matthew Gould had superbly tipped Andrew Davies’ header onto the post.

Moors huffed and puffed but fell short in the final third throughout the contest, with Stephen Brogan seeing his goal ruled out for offside in the second half.

With the start of the new season just two weeks away, Jason Ainsley fielded a strong squad against their National League neighbours.

That squad began well, regularly playing out from the back and producing some slick passing moves, but Pools carved out the game’s first opportunity when Davies headed a deep free-kick across goal, forcing Kris Thackray to clear from under his own crossbar.

Glen Taylor battles with Myles Anderson. Photo by David Nelson.

As the visitors began to move up the gears, they were inches away from taking the initiative, but were denied by the post when Lewis Hawkes fired a thunderous shot from 25-yards.

Rob Ramshaw had a chance soon after, but he couldn’t direct his first-time volley on target after Brogan had found him at the back post.

The ever-growing pressure from Pools soon paid off when James scrambled the ball in following heroics from the unfortunate Gould.

The second half, which unsurprisingly was disrupted by multiple substitutions from both benches, was a scrappy affair.

Brogan thought he had equalised for Moors shortly after the hour mark, but the linesman’s flag kept the away side ahead.

Ryan Hall takes on Carl Magnay. Photo by David Nelson.

That moment seemed to spark the game into life, and after the introduction of Mark Anderson and Andrew Johnson, Ainsley’s side became more of a threat.

Thackray sent a pinpoint ball over the top of the Pools defence which found Glen Taylor, but the striker could only side foot a tame effort straight at Scott Loach.

Liam Noble became the second Pools player to strike the post when his free-kick found the base of the woodwork, but up the other end, Anderson’s outrageous through ball found Ramshaw but he was denied by Loach.

Johnson has two good chances to salvage a draw late on, but Moors were unable to break down a solid Hartlepool defence.

Moors continue their pre-season schedule at Willington on Tuesday evening.


1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler 14 Midfielder
6James Curtis Defender 87'
7Ryan Hall 15 Midfielder
8Shane Henry 12 Midfielder
9Glen Taylor Forward
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
12Jake Hibbs 8 Midfielder
15Mark Anderson 7 Midfielder
16Andrew Johnson 11 Midfielder

Hartlepool United

1Scott Loach Goalkeeper
2Ryan Donaldson Defender
3Liam Kitching Defender
4Myles Anderson Defender
5Andrew Davies Defender 39'
6Carl Magnay Defender
7Josh Hawkes Midfielder
8Liam Noble Midfielder
9Niko Muir Forward
10Nicky Featherstone Midfielder
11Luke James 21'
17Marcus Dinanga Forward
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Clean Sheet
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Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Hartlepool United101Win


Date Time Competition Season Attendance
21st July 2018 3:00 pm Pre Season 2018/19 771


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