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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,662) 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Rushton

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Notts County Notts Co

Hartlepool 2

J Poole (5)
P Hartley (70)

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Notts Co 1

J Campbell-Ryce (52)

Home comforts at last for Pools

Last Updated: 02/02/13 6:43pm

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Peter Hartley: Bagged the winning goal

Peter Hartley: Bagged the winning goal

Hartlepool recorded back-to-back victories for the first time in 17 months with a battling 2-1 home victory over Notts County.

Not since September 2011 have Pools taken six points from successive league matches and while they remain bottom of the table, they won for the first time in the league at home since September last year and are finally showing some fight.

John Hughes' side took a swift lead when Jon Franks' cross was met by James Poole eight yards out and a delicate first touch set himself up to volley in from close range.

County had two chances to level, denied both times by stout defending in the 36th minute. First Peter Hartley stood firm to block a goalbound Jamal Campbell-Ryce shot and, from the subsequent corner, Yoann Arquin's header was hacked off the goalline by Neil Austin.

Campell-Ryce did breakthrough in the 53rd minute, scoring a fine individual effort as he skipped across the defence on the right side to shoot low past Scott Flinders.

County were on top, but Pools responded with the winner.

Evan Horwood's free-kick into the penalty area was scrambled in from close range by skipper Peter Hartley.

Flinders denied Arquin a second equaliser when he stopped a tame header from close range, but Pools deserved their win.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40