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Scunthorpe 1 Hartlepool United 2
HARTLEPOOL UNITED made it six games without defeat as they won 2-1 at Scunthorpe.
Pools have now taken 14 points from a possible 18 to make a real fight of avoiding relegation.
They are at home to Crewe on Tuesday and sit eight points short of the safety line after drawing level on points with Bury.
Pools controlled the first half and went into the break two goals up.
Scott Flinders made a low stop to keep out an early Jimmy Ryan shot, but that was the only time he was troubled until the closing stages.
Pools took the lead with a well-worked goal. Jon Franks crossed from the right, Ritchie Humphreys headed down into Charlie Wyke and he laid the ball off for James Poole to strike a low, first-time show past keeper Sam Slocombe.
Seven minutes before half-time and Pools doubled the lead. Simon Walton played the ball forward for Franks to turn his marker and open up the Iron defence.
His low left-footed finish went across Slocombe into the far corner of the net.
As half-time approached, Peter Hartley’s 12 yard header was diverted away from goal.
Then, after the break Poole almost finished the game off when his stunning 25 yard volley hit the underside of the crossbar.
The Iron did press Pools back and pulled a goal back when substitute James Alabi headed in.
Pools saw the game out, but were left hanging on at the end and, with the last kick of the game, Ryan whistled a 25-yard drive inches wide.
SCUNTHORPE UNITED: Slocombe; Nolan, Mirfin, Canavan, Newey; Duffy, Collins, Walker (Barcham 46), Ryan; Sodje (Alabi 67), Hawley. Subs: Severn, Ribeiro, Grella, Barcham, Jennings, Godden.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood; Humphreys, Walton, Baldwin; Franks (James 85), Poole (Monkhouse 76); Wyke (Howard 60). Subs: McHugh, Luscombe, Rutherford, Holden.
Referee: Craig Pawson (Sheffield)