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Glanford Park (ATT 3,434) 23rd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Pawson

Scunthorpe Scunthorpe United vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Scunthorpe 1

J Alabi (77)

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Hartlepool 2

J Poole (20)
J Franks (37)

In-form Pools too strong for Iron

Last Updated: 23/02/13 6:45pm

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James Poole: Opened the scoring

James Poole: Opened the scoring

Hartlepool kept their hopes of the great escape alive with a 2-1 victory at Scunthorpe.

Pools took command with two goals in 17 first-half minutes to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.

James Poole fired the visitors in front after 20 minutes, lashing home a shot from 12 yards out after a good lay-off by Charlie Wyke.

They struck again in the 37th minute when midfielder Jonathan Franks waltzed his way into the box before steering an excellent left-foot shot into the far corner of the net beyond the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

Scunthorpe, who had won their previous three home games, struggled to get a foothold in the match and in the second half it was Hartlepool who continued to threaten on the break.

The lively Poole rattled the crossbar with one long range effort - then tested Slocombe with another.

With 67 minutes gone, Scunthorpe gave a debut up front to new loan signing James Alabi from Stoke.

Nine minutes later he made a real impact, heading them back into the game from a left-wing cross from Tom Newey.

But it was too little, too late to save Scunthorpe from an eighth home defeat of the season.

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1 Fleetwood Town 3 9
2 Bradford City 3 7
3 Bristol City 3 7
4 Milton Keynes Dons 3 6
5 Peterborough United 3 6
6 Chesterfield 3 6
7 Crawley Town 3 6
8 Preston North End 3 5
9 Port Vale 3 5
10 Doncaster Rovers 3 4
11 Swindon Town 3 4
12 Leyton Orient 3 4
13 Gillingham 3 4
14 Coventry City 3 4
15 Barnsley 3 4
16 Notts County 3 4
17 Rochdale 3 3
18 Sheffield United 3 3
19 Yeovil Town 3 3
20 Walsall 3 2
21 Oldham Athletic 3 2
22 Colchester United 3 1
23 Crewe Alexandra 3 0
24 Scunthorpe United 3 0