Summer signing Chris Whelpdale netted the only goal as Stevenage returned to League Two with a win over Hartlepool.

The visitors nearly took the lead after two minutes when Jack Compton's shot rebounded of the bar.

Pools keeper Scott Flinders made a string of good saves to keep his side level but was eventually beaten by Whelpdale's low volley from 20 yards.

Hartlepool's best chance to draw level fell to Sam Collins but his header went wide.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"There was a lot of grit and determination. We always make it our business to try and run further than the opposition, I think we did that as you can see by one or two of them coming off cramped up.

"The goalkeeper really kept them in it. We had to keep our concentration and keep our sheet clean to make sure we earned the points.

"Everyone wants to win on the opening day. It's not crucial but it's lovely. You can succeed one way or another, but it's great when you get that opening day win and those three points on the board.

"I don't like singling out individuals but you're going to look at Chris Wells, Andy Bond and Charlie Lee and you're going to say just how outstanding they were. As a trio they really put their stamp of class on proceedings."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Stevenage

  • 01 Beasant
  • 03 Dembele
  • 19 Wells
  • 04 Worley
  • 05 Ashton
  • 06 Bond
  • 07 Whelpdale (Okimo - 83' )
  • 11 Pett (Deacon - 88' )
  • 22 Lee
  • 09 Charles (Calcutt - 77' )
  • 14 Marriott

Substitutes

  • 15 Calcutt
  • 16 Day
  • 23 Okimo
  • 27 Johnson
  • 34 Deacon

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 05 Collins
  • 04 Bates
  • 08 Walker (Franks - 76' )
  • 10 Miller
  • 12 Parnaby (Brobbel - 76' )
  • 11 Compton
  • 09 Harewood
  • 33 James

Substitutes

  • 03 Holden
  • 07 Franks
  • 14 Woods
  • 17 Brobbel
  • 18 Hawkins
  • 19 Richards
  • 31 Dixon
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 3,023

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

6 0

Corners

5 7

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 1, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +6:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +4:47

Attempt missed. Connor Calcutt (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +4:01

Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +3:11

Foul by Harry Worley (Stevenage).

90:00 +3:11

Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:51

Attempt missed. Adam Marriott (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

90:00

Adam Marriott (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:58

Foul by Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United).

89:00

Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:56

Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

87:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Tom Pett.

87:16

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

86:33

Bira Dembele (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:33

Foul by Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United).

86:04

Adam Marriott (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:04

Foul by Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United).

82:54

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

82:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Jerome Okimo replaces Chris Whelpdale.

81:33

Attempt missed. Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

81:07

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Dean Wells.

78:49

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

76:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Connor Calcutt replaces Darius Charles because of an injury.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Brad Walker.

75:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Ryan Brobbel replaces Stuart Parnaby.

71:50

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

71:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:44

Delay in match Andy Bond (Stevenage) because of an injury.

69:26

Attempt blocked. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:47

Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

68:47

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:56

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jack Compton.

65:50

Charlie Lee (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:50

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

63:26

Delay in match Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

60:56

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Andy Bond.

59:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 1, Hartlepool United 0. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Lee.

59:00

Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:45

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:45

Foul by Neil Austin (Hartlepool United).

57:19

Attempt blocked. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:43

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:43

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

55:10

Attempt saved. Adam Marriott (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:41

Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).

53:41

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:40

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tom Pett.

51:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:34

Delay in match Jon Ashton (Stevenage) because of an injury.

48:17

Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

48:17

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:14

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Neil Austin.

46:01

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 +3:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 0, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 +3:21

Attempt missed. Tommy Miller (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

44:02

Delay in match Luke James (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

41:01

Foul by Andy Bond (Stevenage).

41:01

Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:28

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Marlon Harewood.

39:08

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

38:57

Attempt saved. Dean Wells (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

38:08

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:08

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

36:42

Andy Bond (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:42

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

35:31

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:31

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

29:11

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Harry Worley.

29:00

Attempt blocked. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:39

Attempt blocked. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

25:03

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

23:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:08

Delay in match Darius Charles (Stevenage) because of an injury.

20:20

Attempt saved. Adam Marriott (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:53

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

18:07

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

18:07

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:59

Attempt missed. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

16:00

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:57

Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

14:24

Attempt missed. Darius Charles (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

9:32

Tommy Miller (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:32

Foul by Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage).

9:06

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:06

Foul by Adam Marriott (Stevenage).

8:35

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

7:53

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

7:53

Harry Worley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:33

Foul by Tommy Miller (Hartlepool United).

4:33

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:13

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Dean Wells.

2:58

Attempt saved. Adam Marriott (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

2:02

Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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