Pool made 2 chance to the selected side, Pool top scorer Jason Norman missed the game due to the birth of his new born son and as a result centre Brian Osland made a welcome return to Pool side in the Pool centre Pool coach Peter Iverson played at full back and replaced Terry Graham at full back.
Pool lost the toss and played with the near gale force winds first half. Redcar started the brighter and took the side to the away side, stout defence kept the home side at bay with Dave Carson and Andy Wray prominent. Hartlepool were struggling to play with wind but Kegen Thomas made yards with some long, wind assisted kicks downfield. The majority of the play was condensed to half way line. Then after 22mins the Redcar backs lead by Danny McIlvenny, surged up field and neat handling and driving forward play, resulted in 2nd row forward, Jon Davey going over for a try which was unconverted. Hartlepool improved after the try and after a forwards drive Thomas missed out the centre but Dave Chester just failed to take the ball which would seen Pool back in the game. Karl Hansen then made a great break and the ball was recycled to stand off Thomas caused problems again with a neat run but with the line beaconing he tried to pass to winger Anthony Burgon and the ball was cleared. Redcar against the run of ball scored the try of the game, some great backs interpassing saw Danny McIlvenny scored Redcar’s 2nd try Pool then had two great opportunities to score, Stewart Hind drove the ball on and after a series of drive Hind was held up on the Redcar try line. With the scrum awarded to Pool, the Pool 8 drove towards the line and number 8, Tom Johnson picked up but was driven back with tiger like defence. Pool then drove the home 8 backwards in the scrum but Johnson was stopped again on the line.
Halftime score 10 – 0.
Soon after the break, a lovely move created by fly half Charlie Templeman and some clever passing with backs and forwards saw Andy Wills score a good try, which was also unconverted.
Redcar dominated the next twenty minutes with full back Brad Stovell causing all sorts of problems, putting Sean Condell in for his first senior try for Redcar, which was converted by Danny Addison. Redcar pushed forward again and a neat chip kick from Danny McIlvenny,, was caught by the other Danny, (Addison) who caught it on the full, as it was about to go into touch, he passed to Brad Stovell who in turn passed to Andy Little who Scored and it was converted by Danny Addison making the score 29 – 0.
From a lineout outside the visitors 22, Jon Davey running rampant, took the ball and surged past 4 Hartlepool players to score a great individual try, his second of the game. The conversion was missed. Hartlepool then had their best period of the game and attacked the Redcar line and almost scored with a four on one backs move, but Paul Barker stopped the move by attempting to intercept a pass from Kegen Thomas to Ian Mulvihill and knocked the ball to ground , which earned him a yellow card from the ref. Hartlepool dominated the last 15 minutes of the game, but lost Brian Osland to the sin bin when he was adjudged to have carried out illegal tackle. With sub Neil Stead causing problems with his direct running and Kevin Maquire went close with atypical surging run from deep, Redcar were defending for their lives and were reduced to 13 players when Brad Stovell received a yellow card but the home side held out for the last 2 minutes to stop Hartlepool scoring.
Final Score Redcar 34, Hartlepool 0
Despite missing several first choice players, Pool played poorly in an overall disappointing team performance. Stewart Hind at second row was the pick of the forwards and Ian Mulvihill made welcome return to the side in the centre and was the top performer in the backs . Sean Wiles / Peter Iverson side have a welcome week off after playing 12 games on the bounce. The rest will allow Pool to regroup and allow some of the injured players to return.