vs. Port Vale
All matches in 2003/04

Match Details

Monday, 25th August 2003
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
2003/04 Nationwide Football League Division Two
Match 4 of 46
HARTLEPOOL UNITED(1)2
Robinson 2', Gabbiadini 88'(p) 
PORT VALE(0)0
 
Attendance: 5314 (478 Port Vale fans)
Ref: Paul Robinson (East Yorkshire)
GOAL: Marco Gabbiadini (2-0) Substitution: Andy Jordan for Micky Barron Substitution: David Foley for Paul Robinson Substitution: Steven Istead for Mark Tinkler GOAL: Paul Robinson (1-0) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off GOAL: Marco Gabbiadini (2-0) Substitution: Andy Jordan for Micky Barron Substitution: David Foley for Paul Robinson Substitution: Steven Istead for Mark Tinkler GOAL: Paul Robinson (1-0) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off

Match Report

A goal at either end of an excellent display gave Pools a thoroughly deserved victory against a Port Vale side that had won each of their previous three league games.

Neale Cooper`s side attacked from the first whistle and took the lead in only the second minute when Ritchie Humphreys` clever chip was hit home from a narrow angle by the in-form Paul Robinson. The early strike set the tone for what was a one-sided first half, with Pools having several chances to add a second. Humphreys came closest when his sharp effort hit the underside of the bar. Just before half-time Stephen McPhee had the ball in the net for the visitors but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Pools` domination continued after the break though, with just a one goal lead, there were one or two nervy moments. 16-year-old David Foley came off the bench to become the club`s youngest ever player, but it was fellow youngster Steve Istead who was involved in the game`s decisive moment. The winger was upended in the area by George Pilkington four minutes from time giving Marco Gabbiadini the chance to seal the points. Dean Delaney produced a fine save from the striker`s spot kick but the referee decided that the keeper had moved early. Gabbiadini made no mistake with the retake.

Teams

HARTLEPOOL UNITED
Manager: Neale Cooper
             
9010000901-1 flag flag00119Jim Provett
9020000831-1 flag flag0012Micky Barron-83
9030000901-1 flag flag00122Matty Robson
9040000901-1 flag flag0016Chris Westwood
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Michael Nelson
9060000901-1 flag flag00225Gavin Strachan
9070000801-1 flag flag0014Mark Tinkler-80
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys
9091000901-1 flag flag00110Marco Gabbiadini
90101000821-1 flag flag00123Paul Robinson-82
90110000901-1 flag flag0017Darrell Clarke
901200080901-1 flag flag00121Steven Istead+80
901300082901-1 flag flag00127David Foley+82
901400083901-1 flag flag00124Andy Jordan+83
9015000000-1 flag flag00118Antony Sweeney
9016000000-1 flag flag0031Anthony Williams
PORT VALE
Manager: Not known
             
9010010901-1 flag flag0041Dean Delany
9020000901-1 flag flag0012George Pilkington
9030010901-1 flag flag0013Sam Collins
9040000901-1 flag flag0014Michael Walsh
9050000901-1 flag flag0335Andreas Lipa
9060000901-1 flag flag0016Ryan Brown
9070010901-1 flag flag0047Micky Cummins
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Adrian Littlejohn
9090000901-1 flag flag0019Billy Paynter
90100000901-1 flag flag00210Steve McPhee
90110000901-1 flag flag00111Marc Bridge-Wilkinson
90120000901-1 flag flag00112Ian Armstrong
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
GamesGoalsGamesGoals
103050     1  flag flag00119Jim Provett20y 246d00
2023722703     1  flag flag0012Micky Barron28y 246d23
303151     1  flag flag00122Matty Robson18y 214d11
4016761896     1  flag flag0016Chris Westwood26y 193d33
504050     1  flag flag0015Michael Nelson23y 150d11
604050     1  flag flag00225Gavin Strachan24y 245d11
7011421262     1  flag flag0014Mark Tinkler28y 305d2526
809241014     1  flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys25y 268d1616
911212     1  flag flag00110Marco Gabbiadini35y 217d
1014050     1  flag flag00123Paul Robinson24y 278d
1107397910     1  flag flag0017Darrell Clarke25y 252d1415
120010012     1  flag flag00121Steven Istead17y 124d01
1300101     1  flag flag00127David Foley16y 44d00
1403141     1  flag flag00124Andy Jordan23y 254d00
Average age of starting eleven = 25y 271d

League Table

PPts
1Port Vale39
2Sheffield Wed37
11Bristol City35
12HARTLEPOOL35
13Tranmere34
PPts
3Brighton49
4Port Vale49
5HARTLEPOOL48
6QPR47