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Sky Bet League 2

The Victoria Ground (ATT 3,480) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Hartlepool 4

M Harewood (2)
B Walker (16)
S Walton (pen 56)
J Franks (90)

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Bristol R 0

Pools cash in to stay in touch

Last Updated: 15/03/14 7:26pm

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Marlon Harewood: Opened the scoring

Marlon Harewood: Opened the scoring

Hartlepool kept up their play-off challenge as they brushed aside Bristol Rovers 4-0 at Victoria Park.

Victory - Pools' third win in a row at home - closed the gap on the top seven to three points and they now sit in 10th.

Rovers possess the worst away record in Sky Bet League Two and on this display it is easy to see why.

Only 58 seconds had gone when Pools took the lead. Jack Barmby's corner was headed on by Luke James and Marlon Harewood was left unmarked to head in his second goal for the club.

Pools doubled the lead after 16 minutes, with a touch of class. Bradley Walker took a touch to create space in midfield and curled a delightful shot into the corner of the net from 25 yards.

The midfielder was denied a second from similar distance with Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall going full-stretch to tip it over.

Pools hit a third goal in the 56th minute. Harewood was bundled over in the penalty area by Tom Parkes and Simon Walton confidently rolled home from the spot.

The only time the visitors threatened was when a shot from substitute Chris Beardsley hit the crossbar in the 84th minute.

Pools capped it off in the 90th minute when Jon Franks cracked in a shot from 12 yards after James had hit the post.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27