In-form Pools too strong for Iron

Hartlepool kept their hopes of the great escape alive with a 2-1 victory at Scunthorpe.

Last Updated: 23/02/13 at 18:45

James Poole: Opened the scoring

James Poole: Opened the scoring

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Pools took command with two goals in 17 first-half minutes to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.

James Poole fired the visitors in front after 20 minutes, lashing home a shot from 12 yards out after a good lay-off by Charlie Wyke.

They struck again in the 37th minute when midfielder Jonathan Franks waltzed his way into the box before steering an excellent left-foot shot into the far corner of the net beyond the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

Scunthorpe, who had won their previous three home games, struggled to get a foothold in the match and in the second half it was Hartlepool who continued to threaten on the break.

The lively Poole rattled the crossbar with one long range effort - then tested Slocombe with another.

With 67 minutes gone, Scunthorpe gave a debut up front to new loan signing James Alabi from Stoke.

Nine minutes later he made a real impact, heading them back into the game from a left-wing cross from Tom Newey.

But it was too little, too late to save Scunthorpe from an eighth home defeat of the season.

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