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Meadow Lane Stadium (ATT 4,913) 21st August 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Attwell

Notts Co Notts County vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Notts Co 2

F Zoko (17)
N Bishop (86)

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Magpies class above sorry Pools

Last Updated: 21/08/12 11:32pm

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Zoko: Mobbed by his team-mates after scoring for County

Zoko: Mobbed by his team-mates after scoring for County

Notts County maintained their 100 per cent start to the League One season with a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Hartlepool on Tuesday.

A torrential thunderstorm before kick-off and throughout the opening exchanges meant quality football was virtually impossible in the first half as both teams struggled to pass the ball on a saturated Meadow Lane pitch.

However the first chance of note was taken by the home side after 17 minutes when Alan Sheehan's curling cross was headed home by Francois Zoko.

The Magpies could have scored again after 34 minutes when Andre Boucard played through Lee Hughes but his first time shot was gathered at the second attempt by Hartlepool goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

Pools' only real threat in a disjointed performance came with 58 minutes on the clock as Steve Howard headed a Jonathan Franks cross wide when well placed.

County made the points safe after 86 minutes when a Julian Kelly cross was cushioned by Hughes into the path of Neal Bishop and he fired home to cement a comfortable victory.

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2 Brentford 42 87
3 Leyton Orient 42 80
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6 Peterborough United 42 67
7 Swindon Town 42 60
8 Milton Keynes Dons 42 58
9 Port Vale 42 57
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11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 41 52
13 Bradford City 42 50
14 Bristol City 42 50
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16 Gillingham 42 48
17 Oldham Athletic 41 47
18 Colchester United 42 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 42 46
20 Notts County 42 43
21 Carlisle United 41 43
22 Crewe Alexandra 42 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 42 41
24 Stevenage 42 39