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Hartlepool 1 - 1 Salford City

Salford City's Scott Burton (left) and Hartlepool United's Jake Gray battle for the ball Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Salford City's historic FA Cup run remains alive after the part-timers held Hartlepool to a 1-1 draw at Moor Lane.

The Sky Bet League Two visitors took the lead in the eighth minute of the second round tie through Rhys Oates' penalty, before Stephen O'Halloran equalised from close range in the 23rd.

Hartlepool passed up several decent chances to win it in the second half and Salford keeper Jay Lynch saved well from Jake Gray, while Chris Lynch and James Poole went close for the hosts.

The eventual result was no less than Salford - who had never gone beyond the third qualifying round before this season - deserved as they put in another hugely creditable performance to follow up their memorable 2-0 victory over Notts County in round one.

And although a tough replay at Hartlepool awaits, they know their name will be in the hat alongside those of Barclays Premier League sides when the draw for the third round is made on Monday.

Pools began the game in purposeful fashion, going in front early on when Oates - on his 21st birthday - got the better of Steve Howson, was tripped by Andy Dawson in the box and tucked away the resulting spot-kick himself.

Hartlepool United's Jake Gray attempts to take the ball from Salford City's Richie Allen Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press

It was an ominous-looking start for Salford, but they responded well and not long after Danny Webber had just failed to get a touch to Chris Lynch's header across the visitors' goal, O'Halloran popped up with the equaliser, sliding in to covert Dawson's knock-down from a free-kick. With the home side getting on top Gary Stopforth's header deflected wide, but Hartlepool threatened again towards the end of the first half as a Salford defender nodded a corner narrowly over his own bar and Oates then struck off target.

Soon after the interval Adam Jackson fired wide of the Salford goal and home keeper Jay Lynch then produced a superb stop to keep out Jake Gray's fierce shot.

Lewis Hardcastle could not get enough power on his strike when in space at the other end, and Hartlepool then passed up an even better chance as substitute Rakish Bingham headed over.

Chris Lynch unleashed a swerving long-range effort in the 77th minute that was heading in, but Trevor Carson tipped over to deny the home captain.

Ex-Hartlepool man Poole then sent a free-kick just wide in the last few minutes.

'Class of 92' can't influence Salford FA Cup tie

The 'Class of 92' will have no influence over the result of Friday's FA Cup tie between Salford City and Hartlepool United, says Pools boss Ronnie Moore.

Salford play in the eighth tier of English football, but caused a major cup upset by beating Notts County in the previous round to earn a Second Round clash with Hartlepool.

The club are part owned by Manchester United's 'Class of 92' academy players which includes Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and brothers Gary and Phil Neville.

But despite their fame, Moore insists the group can't influence what happens on the pitch at Moor Lane tomorrow night.


Aspin appointed as Gateshead boss

Gateshead have appointed Neil Aspin as the club's new manager Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Gateshead have named former Hartlepool United and Darlington defender Neil Aspin as the club's new First-Team Manager.

The 50-year-old joins the Heeds on an 18-month contract and takes over from Malcolm Crosby, who was sacked last weekend after a poor run of results.

It is Aspin's first managerial post since leaving National League side Halifax Town in September.

Apsin, who was born in Gateshead, said:

This means a great deal to me. I was born here and left to pursue my football career and it's fantastic to come back.

– Neil Aspin, Gateshead FC Manager

Aspin began his managerial career with Harrogate Town half-way through the 2004-05 campaign. He remained at Wetherby Road for four-and-a-half years, guiding the club to a series of top-half finishes before being appointed Halifax boss in 2009.

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Hartlepool 'won't fear' FA Cup upset

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore insists his team won’t fear an FA Cup giant killing after being drawn against Salford City in next month’s second round.

Salford, who are owned by five members of Manchester United’s Class of ’92, stunned Notts County in their first round tie on Friday.

Meanwhile, Hartlepool were far from convincing as they edged past Conference Premier outfit Cheltenham Town 1-0.

They’ll now face the Northern Premier side with confidence that they won’t be the victims of an upset.

“I think it’s a nation against Hartlepool isn’t it? I mean everybody will want Salford to win, the Class of ’92 being involved is a big thing,” Moore told ITV News.

“But we’ve just got to go and try and enjoy it, if it’s not a TV game I don’t know what is – it’s there for everybody who is looking for upsets.

“But not only that both teams are probably thinking they’ve got a chance of winning and if you do win it well third round the big boys are there for you and maybe Salford or ourselves will get the proper Man United and that’ll be an interesting cup game won’t it?”

– Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

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Football club's new owners revealed later

News of Hartlepool United's future will be announced later Credit: PA Images

Hartlepool United are expected to reveal more details about the club's new owners.

Its majority shareholder, IOR (Increased Oil Recovery) has announced that a takeover has been agreed.

A sale had been decided last December to TMH2014 Limited but it was revealed in February that the deal had fallen through.

Chairman Ken Hodcroft has stepped down and IOR, which bought the club in 1997, will relinquish control.

Hartlepool will start the new season with new owners at the helm after the team's dramatic escape from relegation.

Pools fans are hoping the changes will bring new investment.

Hartlepool United sold and Chairman steps down

Hartlepool United's new owners haven't been revealed Credit: PA Images

Hartlepool United have tonight confirmed that the club has been sold. It's been owned by the firm Independent Oilfield Rentals (IOR) since 1997.

They say the decision to sell is in the club's best interests.

Meanwhile current Chairman Ken Hodcroft has also stepped aside in the move.

The club's new owners haven't been revealed, although a statement will be released on Monday.

IOR released the following statement a short time ago:

For approximately 18 years IOR have owned Hartlepool United but today they can announce that new owners will be taking over the Club and Ken Hodcroft will step down as Chairman from today.

IOR believe this will be in the best interests for taking the Club forward into hopefully some exciting years ahead.

IOR would like to thank everybody for working together from January onwards to pull off ‘The Great Escape’ at the end of last season, including all members of staff and particularly the fans who gave their full support to the Club and IOR through what was a very critical period for the Club."

– Hartlepool United

The club has said a further and more detailed statement will be made on Monday, June 22.

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