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Broadhall Way (ATT 2,831) 20th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D McDermidd

Stevenage Stevenage vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Stevenage 2

B Harrison (69)
S Laird (88)

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Hartlepool 2

P Hartley (34)
A Boyd (pen 41)

Laird scores to deny Pools win

Last Updated: 20/08/11 6:59pm

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Laird: Equaliser for Boro

Laird: Equaliser for Boro

Scott Laird rescued a 2-2 draw for Stevenage against Hartlepool with a well-taken equaliser with just two minutes left.

Laird latched onto substitute Robin Shroot's cross to head home clinically and salvage a point in Saturday's League One clash at Broadhall Way.

Hartlepool were in command in the first half and deservedly went in at the break with a two-goal cushion.

Early on Andy Monkhouse fired in a powerful shot which Chris Day got down well to save, but two goals inside eight minutes fired the visitors into a healthy lead.

Peter Hartley scored first when he headed in following a fine cross from the left from Evan Horwood.

Four minutes before half-time it was two courtesy of a penalty. Jon Ashton clumsily upended Colin Nish, leaving Adam Boyd to make no mistake from the spot.

After the break the hosts rallied and grabbed a lifeline when Byron Harrison fired home from inside the box.

And after Laird's late leveller, Shroot almost nicked it for the hosts when he fired inches wide from 12 yards.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 7 17
2 Peterborough United 7 16
3 Milton Keynes Dons 6 13
4 Chesterfield 6 13
5 Coventry City 7 12
6 Swindon Town 6 11
7 Fleetwood Town 7 11
8 Bradford City 7 10
9 Sheffield United 6 10
10 Preston North End 6 9
11 Oldham Athletic 7 9
12 Crawley Town 7 9
13 Barnsley 6 8
14 Notts County 6 8
15 Gillingham 7 8
16 Yeovil Town 7 8
17 Rochdale 7 7
18 Walsall 7 7
19 Doncaster Rovers 6 7
20 Leyton Orient 6 6
21 Colchester United 7 5
22 Port Vale 7 5
23 Scunthorpe United 7 4
24 Crewe Alexandra 6 3