Hartlepool 2-0 Morecambe & Highlights
The 2015/16 season got underway for Hartlepool, as it did the remainder of League 2 at the weekend, with this starting in a win at the Vic against Morecambe on Saturday. Ronnie Moore, and his assistant Sam Collins of course, celebrated the signing of new deals with a two-nil win.
One of the signings made by Moore this summer was the experienced Paynter (25) from rivals Carlisle and he marked his debut, also being named captain, by heading home the opening goal in the first half, which was also his 100th goal in league football.
The visitors, through Devitt and Molyneux, could have been level before another debutant, second time around after turning his loan into a permanent move, Bingham (65) added to the Hartlepool lead.
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Only the post denied the Shrimps a route back into the game but the match was already won by Pools at that point.
Match highlights can be viewed below....
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The other results this weekend were as follows:-
Wimbledon 0-2 Plymouth
Accrington 1-1 Luton
Bristol Rovers 0-1 Northampton
Cambridge 3-0 Newport
Exeter 3-2 Yeovil
Hartlepool 2-0 Morecambe
Leyton Orient 2-0 Barnet
Mansfield 1-1 Carlisle
Oxford 1-1 Crawley
Portsmouth 3-0 Dagenham & Redbridge
Stevenage 0-2 Notts County
Wycombe 3-0 York
In the opening round of fixtures you can't really read too much, if anything into this, and things aren't likely to settle down for several weeks if not months and only around the end of the year, at best, can you gage more from the table really, correct? It goes without saying Pools will be looking to be higher up this table than down it though!
Looking at these results the ones that stand out are the wins for Cambridge, Portsmouth and Wycombe, who - albeit after only one-match - share top spot in the league too....
All three recorded three-nil wins, Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium against Newport County, who have struggled in the main since Justin Edinburgh left to become boss of League 1 side Gillingham, with one of his former sides as a player Portsmouth also winning well.
Expectations are high at Fratton Park this season under former Chesterfield boss Paul Cook, he started with a comfortable Pompey win on the south coast with Wycombe showing there wasn't a Wembley hangover from their play-off final defeat to Southend in May with a convincing win at Adams Park against York.
Pools are back in action this midweek with the 1st round of the Capital One Cup taking place.
On Tuesday Hartlepool are off to Fleetwood's Highbury Stadium against the League 1 side, Moore will be looking for more of the same with another morale boosting win?