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The Victoria Ground (ATT 3,470) 15th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Newport County AFC Newport

Hartlepool 3

L James (41)
A Sandell (og 55)
L Williams (90+3)

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Pools brush aside Exiles

Last Updated: 15/02/14 5:51pm

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Christian Burgess: Influential in the win

Christian Burgess: Influential in the win

In-form Hartlepool made it three wins from five games as they brushed aside Newport in a comfortable 3-0 win.

Pools moved to the edge of the play-off zone and leapfrogging the Exiles, now winless in six, with an energetic display.

Christian Burgess stood out throughout the game, and he was first to try his luck. The centre-back ghosted forward in possession and fired a shot over the bar from 20 yards.

County went close in the 37th minute when a cutback from Lee Minshull fed Ryan Burge. His shot was goalbound, but blocked on its way by covering defender Sam Collins.

But Pools took the lead four minutes later. Simon Walton chased a loose cross and turned the ball back into the area for Luke James. Pools' top scorer turned and fired low under debutant goalkeeper Elliott Parrish from 16 yards for his 11th of the season.

Right on half time only a fine covering tackle by Burgess prevented Adam Chapman from levelling when he was presented with a clear opening.

In a tame second half, Pools went two up in farcial circumstances in the 55th minute. Harry Worley and Minshull went for the same ball, but headed it against Andy Sandell, who knew little of the ball going in off his head.

And Pools wrapped it up in injury time when Luke Williams crisply finished from 12 yards.

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Sky Bet League 2

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