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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,863) 1st September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Coote

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Scunthorpe United Scunthorpe

Hartlepool 2

J Franks (23)
L James (86)

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Scunthorpe 0

J Walker (S/O 79)

Pools give Iron sinking feeling

Last Updated: 01/09/12 7:41pm

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Franks (r): Off the mark for Pools

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.

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