Hartlepool and Stevenage played out a dour goalless draw that will not live long in the memory.

Andy Monkhouse and Evan Horwood linked up well on the left, but Jack Baldwin's back-post header was well saved by Chris Day.

The visitors went close through Luke Freeman soon afterwards, but he could only head Laurie Wilson's cross over the bar.

Marc Laird was denied by Pools keeper Scott Flinders late on.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 18 Baldwin (Poole - 46' )
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys (Boyd - 74' )
  • 04 Liddle
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray

Substitutes

  • 16 Haslam
  • 28 Rowbotham
  • 34 Hawkins
  • 08 Poole
  • 10 Boyd

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 03 Laird
  • 04 Charles
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 02 Wilson
  • 13 Byrom
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 15 Freeman (Shroot - 58' )
  • 27 Slew (Reid - 62' )
  • 29 Agyemang (Myrie-Williams - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 30 Lascelles
  • 11 Myrie-Williams
  • 32 Shroot
  • 10 Reid
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 4,484

Match Stats

Shots

10 13

On target

7 8

Corners

4 3

Fouls

3 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:16 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:17

The ball is crossed by Paul Murray, Darius Charles makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:08

Scott Laird is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

89:52

The ball is sent over by Andy Monkhouse, save made by Chris Day.

84:46

The ball is sent over by Michael Bostwick, Neil Austin manages to make a clearance.

83:14

Centre by Lawrie Wilson, Scott Flinders makes a comfortable save.

80:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams on Sam Collins. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

79:13

The ball is sent over by James Poole, blocked by Lawrie Wilson. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Austin from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Andy Monkhouse from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

78:00

Peter Hartley fouled by Craig Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

76:13

Craig Reid produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Sam Collins gets a block in.

73:39 Substitution

Substitution Ritchie Humphreys leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Boyd.

73:39 Substitution

Substitution Patrick Agyemang goes off and Jennison Myrie-Williams comes on.

72:19

Antony Sweeney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Day takes the free kick.

69:59

James Poole has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Joel Byrom gets a block in. Corner taken by Neil Austin from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Chris Day.

68:44

The ball is sent over by Peter Hartley, Ritchie Humphreys takes a shot. Chris Day makes a comfortable save.

68:37

James Poole produces a cross, Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance.

67:41

Evan Horwood produces a cross, Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Jon Ashton gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Neil Austin, Chris Day makes a save.

67:23

James Poole takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Chris Day.

66:53

Unfair challenge on Ritchie Humphreys by Mark Roberts results in a free kick. Neil Austin takes the indirect free kick.

63:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Austin by Scott Laird. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

61:08 Substitution

Substitution Craig Reid replaces Jordan Slew.

59:34

Corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom, Close range header by Michael Bostwick goes wide of the left-hand upright.

57:13 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Robin Shroot coming on for Luke Freeman.

57:13

Foul by Jordan Slew on Sam Collins, free kick awarded. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

56:09

Jordan Slew delivers the ball, Luke Freeman has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

52:52

The ball is swung over by Evan Horwood.

52:23

Neil Austin produces a cross, clearance made by Mark Roberts.

51:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Slew on Paul Murray. Ritchie Humphreys restarts play with the free kick.

48:20

Shot from 30 yards from Michael Bostwick. Save made by Scott Flinders.

45:20

Luke Freeman has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Sam Collins gets a block in. Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Ritchie Humphreys.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with James Poole coming on for Jack Baldwin.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

44:37

Foul by Michael Bostwick on Paul Murray, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Austin.

43:56

Unfair challenge on Neil Austin by Patrick Agyemang results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

41:51

Joel Byrom takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

40:30

Gary Liddle challenges Jordan Slew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jon Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

39:02

Luke Freeman is ruled offside. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

38:27

Scott Laird fouled by Antony Sweeney, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Day.

37:55

Andy Monkhouse takes a shot from 30 yards. Mark Roberts gets a block in.

37:25

Effort on goal by Joel Byrom from 25 yards. Blocked by Jack Baldwin.

34:59

Centre by Luke Freeman, clearance made by Neil Austin. Michael Bostwick has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

33:41

Jordan Slew takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Scott Flinders.

33:11

Drilled right-footed shot by Joel Byrom. Blocked by Jack Baldwin.

31:34

Lawrie Wilson delivers the ball, Luke Freeman has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

30:52

Jordan Slew sends in a cross, clearance by Sam Collins.

29:01

Ritchie Humphreys takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

28:14

Paul Murray fouled by Luke Freeman, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Austin.

27:00

Foul by Patrick Agyemang on Paul Murray, free kick awarded. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

25:57

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood, Jack Baldwin takes a shot. Save by Chris Day. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line to the near post.

24:50

Shot from 25 yards by Paul Murray. Save made by Chris Day.

24:40

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood, Joel Byrom manages to make a clearance.

23:38

The ball is delivered by Antony Sweeney.

21:24

The referee blows for offside against Antony Sweeney. Chris Day takes the free kick.

17:12

Centre by Evan Horwood, Michael Bostwick makes a clearance. Andy Monkhouse has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

16:19

Long range shot by Scott Laird goes wide right of the target.

15:56

Shot by Joel Byrom. Sam Collins gets a block in.

15:22

Michael Bostwick delivers the ball, save by Scott Flinders.

13:57

The referee penalises Jordan Slew for handball. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

11:33

The ball is sent over by Patrick Agyemang, Peter Hartley gets a block in. Corner taken by Joel Byrom, Sam Collins makes a clearance.

10:46

Unfair challenge on Jordan Slew by Sam Collins results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Joel Byrom, clearance made by Gary Liddle.

4:55

Luke Freeman delivers the ball, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

0:00

The match begins.

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