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Amazing scenes as Hartlepool United are back

3 weeks ago
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Sunday afternoon saw Hartlepool United take on Torquay United.

The game a 2pm kick-off at Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City.

The prize they were playing for, a place in League Two with it being the final of the National League play-offs.

Newcastle United’s Lewis Cass has had a great time on loan at Hartlepool United this season, making 33 league starts, however, the NUFC loan defender was missing due to injury.

Plenty of other Newcastle United connection though, defender Jamie Sterry playing the entire game, whilst former NUFC midfielder Ryan Donaldson came off the bench.

Luke Armstrong looked to have sent Hartlepool United into League Two, opening the scoring in the 35th minute.

However, with six minutes added on and only seconds of that remaining, Torquay’s goalkeeper went up the other end of the pitch and scored an incredible last gasp equaliser.

That could well have finished off Hartlepool United but they hung in there, the game going into 30 minutes extra time and whilst Torquay had the better of it, the north east club saw the game through to penalties with no goals in extra time.

The drama kept on coming, as all of the first four penalties were fails, two for each side.

Only for then the next nine to be all scored, Hartlepool United taking the first one each time, heaping the pressure on the Torquay penalty taker.

The 14th penalty was the clincher, Hartlepool keeper Bradley James touching Matt Buse’s effort onto the woodwork and safety, the club back in League Two after having been relegated back in 2017.

Both Jamie Sterry and Ryan Donaldson were amongst the successful penalty takers for Hartlepool United, coolly putting their efforts away.

Hartlepool’s fans on the pitch, celebrating their return to football league status.

The north east now having a representative in each of the four divisions with Newcastle United with the hollow title of north east top dogs in the Premier League, the Smoggies in the Championship, the Mackems now a fourth season in a row in League One, the potential now of a derby against Hartlepool United in the 2022/23 season if they (Hartlepool) move up or Sunderland go down.

Nice to have a rare football positive for the north east today, congratulations to Hartlepool United and all their fans.

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