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Hartlepool 1–3 Wycombe

WYCOMBE lifted themselves out of the dropzone with a convincing away win at high-flying Hartlepool.

WYCOMBE lifted themselves out of the dropzone with a convincing away win at high-flying Hartlepool.

Wanderers put in a dominant first-half display to stun the Pools as goals from Scott Donnelly and Stuart Beavon saw the visitors marched into a two-goal lead.

A Sam Collins own goal after the break extended Wycombe's lead before an Adam Boyd penalty for Hartlepool with a minute to play was just a consolation for Mick Wadsworth's side.

It also allowed Blues boss Gary Waddock to make Jordan Ibe the club's youngest-ever Football League when he came on as a late substitute at the age of 15 years and 311 days.

The breakthrough came after just 15 minutes when Donnelly reacted quickest when Pools goalkeeper Scott Flinders parried a Ben Strevens shot into his path.

It was the 23-year-old's fifth goal of the season leaving him well on track for his 10 goal Christmas target.

After a miserable run of one win in nine games, Wanderers were in dreamland nine minutes before the break when Beavon showed superb skill to turn in the box and rifle home.

Wanderers had to weather a brief home storm after the break with Nikki Bull saving an acrobatic Boyd effort but they went three goals up on 82 minutes when Collins converted a Danny Foster cross into his own net.

Boyd's penalty with a minute to play failed to take the gloss off an encouraging display by Waddock's side and one which has to be a springboard to a rise up the table.

HARTLEPOOL: Flinders, Austin, Wright, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Murray (Boyd 60), Liddle, Sweeney (Luscombe 45), Poole (Nish 60), Monkhouse.

Subs (not used): Rafferty, Humphreys.

Booked: None.

WANDERERS: Bull, Foster, Winfield, Johnson, Basey, Ainsworth (Tunnicliffe 79), Lewis, Rowlands, Donnelly, Strevens, Beavon (Ibe 90).

Subs (not used): Grant, McCoy, Harris.

Booked: Johnson (40 mins).

Att: 5,421.

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