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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 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20