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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 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 15 30
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Peterborough United 18 27
8 Oldham Athletic 18 27
9 Rochdale 17 26
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15