Hartlepool v Carlisle, August 29th 2015
Hartlepool v Carlisle. August 29th 2015, Billy Zinc.
Home matches came thick and fast this month, with another home match on September 1st, (albeit a so called Mickey Mouse Cup, but never the less a route to Wembley). In contrast we have away fixtures for three of the next four league games.
I never forgave Carlisle for putting Scarborough out of the league and subsequently out of business after managing to sign a goalkeeper after the deadlines, who then went on to score the goal that sent "The Boro" down. But I have to admit that the best side won on Saturday.
I'd set off early for the match as my wife had bought toothbrushes at a Supermarket, which she believed she'd been over charged for. After consulting with two "colleagues" I had a "lively" discussion with a manager who, after I'd photographed the price tags to send to head office, offered the item at the price we'd assumed them to be. But I digress, the visit to the shop was the reason that I was taking my seat, with my back to the game, when Pools scored their first goal.
Carlisle are a good footballing side with a skilful strike force, and powerful defence, pools rode their luck several times before the equaliser inevitably arrived, but surprising not until the second half. If the visitors have a flaw it's giving away free kicks and collecting yellow cards they took four (or was it 5) home together with their three goals, one of which saw many pools fans applauding. Carlisle's unnecessary foul play lead to their former player, now pools captain Billy Paynter, putting the home side ahead again with a penalty which was, as the announcer emphasised to the 900 Carlisle fans, scored with power and precision. At the end of the day though quality won out with the away side getting on the score sheet twice more, one of their goals bringing sporty applause from some Pools fans. The Carlisle no. 10 "Hery" I think, he was a bit too nippy for me to catch his name properly, was certainly the best player on the pitch, attracting applause when substituted.
A word must be said about the fans, around 4,000 for Pools and about 900 for Carlisle, most were well behaved and supported their side vociferously and sportingly, but for some attending the game was an excuse for violence and vandalism. A section from both towns squared up to each other, barely watching the match, though still celebrating goals in manner which saw many being at least ejected from the ground and possible a number of these being arrested. Why anyone that thinks running on to the pitch or attacking stewards or policemen which invariably resulted missing the rest of the match and possibly many matches in the next few seasons, is an appropriate goal celebration. I worked in heavy industry all my life and always enjoyed a few beers on an evening and am no stranger to bad language and violence, but I never understand grown men, when attending football matches, swearing loudly in the presence of ladies and young children. I have followed football for over 50 years but regard fans from other clubs as fellow supporters of the sport, not some hideous enemy that must be beaten to a pulp at any opportunity, preferable when they are outnumbered 10 to 1.