HARTLEPOOL

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MANSFIELD TOWN
Lormor 87   Blake 54
Sports.com - A goal four minutes from time extended Hartlepoolís unbeaten record to 14
games to equal a 10-year-old club record.  And the scorer was sub Tony Lormor ñ a former Mansfield player.  Hartlepool never found their true form in a subdued performance, and Mansfield were unlucky not to chalk up a league double. But they paid the penalty for missing a double chance midway through the second half when they were a goal ahead.  Mansfield boss Bill Dearden said: "It was a good performance against a good team, but it's a pity we had to lose out so late."  Hartlepool manager Chris Turner said: "It was just one of those days.  Little we tried came off."  After 18 minutes a left-wing cross by Hartlepoolís Lee Fitzpatrick found Neil Aspin at the far post, but his header was cleared in front of goal by Alistair Asher.  Two minutes later a long throw by Hartlepool's James Sharp was headed on by Mark Tinkler, but top scorer Kevin Henderson headed off target.  Then Craig Midgley played Sam Shilton in on the left of the area, but he shot straight at Bobby Mimms, and seconds later a Mansfield clearance landed nicely for Midgley, but his 25-yard volley was well saved by Mimms, diving to his left.  The only other chance of a drab first half came after 40 minutes when Sharp found Henderson wide on the right, and his low cross to the near post was bravely saved at the feet of Midgley by Mimms.

Mimms was in action again two minutes into the second half when he made another good save, this time from a Henderson header after a right-wing cross by Fitzpatrick.  But there was a shock for the home team after 53 minutes when Mansfield took the lead. Lee Williams played the ball into the area from the right, and Mark Blake turned sharply before volleying a low angled shot into the far corner of the net.  And Mansfield should have had wrapped up the points after 62 minutes when Chris Greenacre suddenly found himself with only Tony Williams to beat, but the home keeper saved well at his feet, and when the ball ran loose Shayne Bradley's shot was deflected wide by Sharp.  And they paid the penalty four minutes from time when desperate Hartlepool grabbed an equaliser through former Mansfield striker Lormor. The ammunition was supplied in the form of a left-wing cross by Ian Clark, and fellow sub Lormor scored with a close-range header at the near post.  The home team staged a desperate late rally looking for a win, but battling Mansfield deservedly held out.

Teamtalk - An equaliser four minutes from time cancelled out Mark Blakes opener and meant it was one point and not three for the Stags away at Hartlepool.  Mansfield had hoped to improve on their poor away form which has seen them lose 10 away games before today's encounter and they made one change from the team that lost to struggling Hull City, with Graig Disley replacing Darrell Clarke.  In a scrappy first half a lacklustre Hartlepool managed the better chances.  Hartlepool's Neil Aspin and Kevin Henderson both went close with headers and striker Craig Midgley brought a good save out of Stags keeper Bobby Mimms.  Mark Blake gave a taste of things to come when he threatened just before the break making Pool's keeper Tony Williams dive to his right to keep the shot out. Blake though, made no mistake eight minutes into the second half.
The ball dropped to his feet after a goalmouth scramble and this time his half-volley into the far corner left Williams with no chance.  The visitors were well on top and should have made it 2-0 shortly afterwards, when Shayne Bradley rounded the keeper, however Pool wingback James Sharp got back to to clear on the line.  Chris Turner's Harlepool produced little in reply, and a long-range effort from midfielder Mark Tinkler apart, they rarely looked like getting back into the game. But substitute Tony Lormor rescued a point for the home side with a neatly-taken near-post header four minutes from time. Ian Clark was  the provider with a pinpoint left wing cross, and striker Lormor made no mistake to steal a barely-deserved point against his former club.

 

Hartlepool United: Williams , Aspin , Barron , Miller , Westwood , Fitzpatrick , Shilton (Clark 56) , Tinkler , Henderson (Boyd 68) , Midgley (Lormor 68) , Sharp. Subs not used:  Hollund, Knowles  Bookings:  Barron 67

Mansfield Town: Mimms , Asher , Hassell , Williams , Robinson , Blake , Corden , Disley , Bradley (Boulding 87) , Pemberton , Greenacre.  Subs not used:  Jervis , Lawrence , Pilkington , Williamson