No frills for Pools and Gills: Match Review

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Hartlepool and Gillingham showed why they are both struggling at the foot of League One as they played out an uninspiring 1-1 draw.

The visitors remain without an away win this season while the home side have chalked up just two wins from their last 12 outings.

Simeon Jackson almost gave the Gills a 40th-minute lead, pushing the ball wide of goal in a one-on-one with keeper Scott Flinders.

Joe Gamble went close to putting Pool ahead with a low drive which scraped the post, before Antony Sweeney's close-range header was knocked off the line by Kevin Maher.

But Mark Stimson's men, on a rare attack, took the lead after 70 minutes when Rene Howe's cross was headed in by Jackson.

Nine minutes later, however, Pools levelled. Right-back Neil Austin was allowed to charge ahead unchallenged and he bounced a low shot past goalkeeper Alan Julian for his first of the season.

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Kevin Maher
Hartlepool United
League One
Scott Flinders
Alan Julian
Neil Austin
Rene Howe
Rene Howe
Simeon Jackson
Antony Sweeney

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