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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,388) 14th September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Naylor

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Accrington Stanley Accrington

Hartlepool 2

J Franks (30)
A Monkhouse (42)

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Accrington 1

J Gray (57)

Pools win basement battle

Last Updated: 14/09/13 6:45pm

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Andy Monkhouse: Bagged his side's second goal

Andy Monkhouse: Bagged his side's second goal

Hartlepool won the Football League's basement battle, seeing off Accrington 2-1 at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon.

Victory was Pools' first of the season in League Two, with Stanley still seeking a first win, leaving them four points adrift at the foot of the table.

For the opening half hour, it was obvious why the teams occupied the bottom two spots.

But Pools took the lead in the 30th minute with the game's first chance, Andy Monkhouse rolled the ball to Jon Franks and his low shot found the far corner of the net.

Stanley had a chance to level in the 40th minute but left-back Tom Aldred headed over from close range.

And Pools scored a second two minutes later when Matty Dolan fed Luke James and he set up Monkhouse to score from 12 yards.

Monkhouse would then have a goal disallowed after the break before Stanley received a lifeline when James Gray got in behind the defence, held off Christian Burgess and clipped home.

Stanley had late chances to level - Scott Flinders saved well at his near post from substitute Connor Mahoney and the keeper then kept out a near-post effort from a short corner.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 21 39
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
6 Newport County AFC 20 34
7 Exeter City 21 34
8 Southend United 20 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Accrington Stanley 20 29
12 Cambridge United 20 28
13 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
14 Portsmouth 20 26
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 York City 20 19
22 Tranmere Rovers 20 18
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12