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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
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1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19