Pools give Iron sinking feeling
Last Updated: September 1, 2012 7:41pm
Franks (r): Off the mark for Pools
Hartlepool scraped past 10-man Scunthorpe 2-0 at Victoria Park to record their first win of the season.
In a game of little quality, Pools piled the pressure on Iron boss Alan Knill whose side have now lost all four League One matches this season.
The hosts took the lead after 23 minutes. James Poole crossed from the left and winger Jonathan Franks latched onto the ball at the far post to crash in his first for his new club and Hartlepool's first goal of the current campaign.
The Iron's best spell came at the start of the second half when Josh Walker's 25-yard shot was tipped over by goalkeeper Scott Flinders, who then flapped at a cross and Pools needed a firm block by Evan Horwood to deny Mark Duffy a leveller.
But the drab game exploded into action after 78 minutes. Antony Sweeney's goalbound header was pushed off the line by Walker's hand and the midfielder was sent off. Steve Howard took the penalty, but his low kick was well saved by the diving Sam Slocombe.
Pools sealed an unconvincing win after 86 minutes as substitute Luke James was picked out by Andy Monkhouse to volley in from 18 yards out.
npower League 1
Sat 1st Sep
Bury0 - 2Notts Co
Hartlepool2 - 0Scunthorpe
MK Dons2 - 0Carlisle
Portsmouth0 - 1Oldham
Sheff Utd5 - 3Bournemth
Stevenage1 - 1Shrewsbury
Tranmere4 - 0Colchester
Walsall2 - 2Brentford
Yeovil2 - 1Doncaster
Crawley1 - 0Leyton Or
Crewe1 - 0Coventry
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