Our Reserves side got the season underway with a comfortable win against Hartlepool this afternoon.
The Town management had named a strong starting Xl – including three trialists - Reece Hall-Johnson, Armend Kabashi and André Olukanmi, and another trialist, Elie Junior Akobeto was named amongst the substitutes.
The result never looked in doubt after Chris Clements confidently converted a 9th minute penalty. Jamille Matt had carved out a couple of chances prior to that opener.
Matt almost got on the score sheet soon after when Sawyer’s teasing cross was just ahead of the big striker’s outstretched foot.
Pool’s best chance came in that first half. A quick counter from the visitors, a perfectly weighted through ball, but the frontman sliced wide with only Killip to beat.
But the Mariners were to double the advantage soon after, Harry Cardwell picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, before hitting a powerful goal-bound effort. It seemed to be straight at the United keeper but the power and curl seemed to deceive him and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Cardwell could have added his second and Town’s third soon after but his header from a corner went just over.
Jamille Matt put the result beyond all reasonable doubt at the start of the second half. The big frontman made a wonderful run into the box, but needed three bites at the cherry, before sliding the ball into an empty net.
Cardwell and Matt made way for McMillan and trialist Ellie Junior Akobeto.on the hour.
Armend Kabashi - one of three trialists on show for Town - fired a 25-yarder at goal, but it was easily fielded by the Pool’s keeper. And that was about that.
A youthful Hartlepool side had barely had a sniff following two early chances. It was men against boys and a routine victory for Paul Wilkinson’s charges.
Picture: One of the trialists in action. Picture by Anne Boyers.