Sweeney on song for Pools

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Antony Sweeney's second career hat-trick helped Hartlepool to a 4-2 win against Yeovil and booked them a place in the third round of the FA Cup.

Pools comfortably saw off the Glovers in the end - but they had a scare after falling two goals behind in the opening half an hour.

First Andy Williams drilled in from 12 yards after goalkeeper Jake Kean had saved from Dean Bowditch, before Ed Upson`s low strike went in off the inside of a post.

Shocked into action, Hartlepool were level before the interval. Evan Horwood's deep free-kick in the 35th minute was headed down by Sam Collins for Sweeney to knock the ball over the line. And five minutes later, Collins again headed a Horwood dead ball down for the midfielder to poach his second of the night.

Sweeney turned provider after 49 minutes. He broke down the left and crossed for Ritchie Humphreys to take off and, with his back to goal, spectacularly send an overhead kick into the net. The pair linked up again 10 minutes later, Humphreys flicking the ball on for Sweeney to charge into the area and finish low across Sullivan.

In the night's other tie, Krystian Pearce's first Notts County goal and a fourth in as many games for Lee Hughes set the Magpies on their way to a 3-1 win against Bournemouth and a third-round tie at Sunderland.

In the 18th minute, a typically menacing free-kick from Ben Davies had the visiting defence flummoxed, and when Neal Bishop returned the ball from the opposite wing, Pearce nodded in with a deftness that belied his awkward leap.

The ball spent much of the remainder of the half in and around the Bournemouth box, and from one such cross, Hughes sent his marker on a fool`s errand with a deft body swerve to turn and score.

Deep into first-half stoppage-time, a weaving run from Thomas Ince saw a squared ball turned into his own net by Warren Cummings to make it 3-0.

Towards the end of a lower octane second half, hope briefly flickered for the Cherries when Steve Fletcher nodded in a Rhoys Wiggins cross, but there was little sign of this tie ever being taken back to the south coast.

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Yeovil Town
Ipswich Town
Dean Bowditch
Ritchie Humphreys
Hartlepool United
League One
Newcastle United
Ben Davies
Warren Cummings
Neal Bishop
Steve Fletcher
Lee Hughes
Krystian Pearce
Rhoys Wiggins
Dean Bowditch
Sam Collins
Warren Cummings
Evan Horwood
FA Cup
Thomas Ince
Notts County
Antony Sweeney

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