Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Stockport County 0.
Hartlepool United 2-0 Stockport County
Hartlepool extended their unbeaten run to four matches with an entertaining 2-0 win over Stockport.
A lively start saw Pools midfielder Gavan Holohan twice bring decent saves from the goalkeeper, while debutant defender Macauley Southam-Hales cleared a Jordan Archer header off the line at the other end.
Aidan Keena, making his home debut for Hartlepool, slid in to score the opening goal from Mark Shelton's low cross after 31 minutes.
Gime Toure, back after a three-game suspension, fired over the crossbar and Holohan found the side-netting as Hartlepool started the second half brightly.
They doubled their lead shortly afterwards as Shelton arrowed a low drive into the bottom corner from 18 yards at the end of some neat build-up play.
Defender Ash Palmer twice headed wide and new signing Danny Lloyd was denied by Mitch Beeney as Stockport looked to get themselves back into the game, but Hartlepool held firm.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 23ToureSubstituted forMolyneuxat 90+3'minutes
- 35KeenaSubstituted forMafutaat 87'minutes
- 21ClarkeSubstituted forBellat 46'minutes
- 4TurnbullSubstituted forMcAlindenat 70'minutesBooked at 83mins
- 23ArcherSubstituted forMinihanat 65'minutes
- Karl Evans
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Stockport County 0.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Luke Molyneux replaces Gime Toure.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Gus Mafuta replaces Aidan Keena.
Liam McAlinden (Stockport County) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Stockport County. Liam McAlinden replaces Paul Turnbull.
Substitution, Stockport County. Sam Minihan replaces Jordan Archer.
Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Stockport County 0. Mark Shelton (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Stockport County. Nyal Bell replaces Eddie Clarke.
Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Stockport County 0.
First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Stockport County 0.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Stockport County 0. Aidan Keena (Hartlepool United).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.