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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.


Man attacked with hammer in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked with a hammer in Hartlepool. The man disturbed two men who were breaking into a shed on Manor Close, in Elwick Village, at 11pm on November 30.

The 49-year-old victim attended the University Hospital of North Tees with facial and hand injuries. He will need further medical treatment.

The first suspect is described as a white male, around 5 ft 9” tall, of slim build and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up and he spoke in another language. The second suspect is described as around 6 ft 2” tall, of skinny build and he was also wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Phil Agar on 101.

Stolen car smashes into two bungalows

Substantial damage was caused to two bungalows and a car after a stolen Audi A4 hit the properties.

Police attended Throston Grange Lane, Hartlepool, at 3.30am on November 27. The vehicle had been taken during a burglary on Granville Avenue overnight.

A theft from a vehicle on Linden Grove is also being linked to this incident.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace the driver. Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Hartlepool Volume Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101.

Woman charged after Hartlepool stabbing

A woman has been charged with perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender after a stabbing in Hartlepool.

The incident happened on Sheriff Street on November 17 at around 2:15pm.

The 33-year-old woman will appear at Hartlepool Magistrates Court on November 27.

A 32-year-old man remains on bail pending further enquiries. Three other men aged 47, 22 and 23 have been released without charge.


Thieves use digger in attempt to steal Tesco cash machine

The scene at Tesco in Hartlepool Credit: Edward Potts

A 31-year-old man has been arrested after police disturbed a group attempting to steal a cash machine by using a digger.

The incident happened at Tesco Express on Wiltshire Way in Hartlepool at 2.40 this morning. Nothing was stolen.

Credit: Edward Potts

A suspected stolen digger was abandoned at the scene and the suspects made off in a Landrover, which was also found abandoned on Worsett Lane a short time later.

It is believed that a further vehicle may have been involved as a getaway vehicle. Anyone with any information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Injuries after car hits tree and splits in two

A man has suffered serious head injuries after a car hit a tree and split in two.

A red Honda Civic hit the tree just before 1am on November 18, on Belle Vue Way in Hartlepool. It was around 100 metres short of the junction with Brenda Road.

The 32-year-old male driver suffered severe head injuries. He is in the James Cook University Hospital in a stable condition. A male passenger suffered fractures to both legs and a broken arm. He is also being treated in James Cook University Hospital and is described as being in a “critical but stable” condition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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