Pool Enjoy a Mudbath

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Pool Enjoy a Mudbath


Byline: By Arthur Pickering

Distance appears to be no object for the Hartlepool bandwagon as their 14th win in 16 unbeaten games took Danny Wilson's men to joint top in League Two, writes Arthur Pickering.

Wilson's prediction that a visit to bottom club Torquay would not be as easy as the League table suggested was proved accurate, but not always in the way the boss expected.

With Torquay struggling for their League lives, he knew the home team would put up a fight ( and they did.

But to make matters more difficult for Pool, torrential rain gradually turned a quagmire Plainmoor pitch into a mudbath which was close to unplayable well before the end.

So after their longest journey of the season, Pool and their travelling fans were relieved to hear the final whistle as referee Andy Penn allowed the match to go the distance after consulting both managers at half-time.

Wilson said: "The last thing we wanted was to make that journey again. It was easier for me to tell the ref we wanted to play on because we were winning, but Torquay said the same and I think the officials did a great job."

So did his team after Wilson was forced to make one change when Ben Clark was ruled out through illness. Gary Liddle again dropped back to partner Michael Nelson in defence, while Lee Bullock took his place in midfield.

"We showed a lot of commitment again," said Wilson.

"It was important we started well because we didn't want them to get into their stride. Our early goal was just the job for us.

"We defended well when we had to as Torquay came back in the second half and the pitch gradually got worse. …

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