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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 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25