Two ex-Clarets find the net

Last updated : 30 January 2002 By Tony Scholes

Paul Smith - scored for Hartlepool last night
Rotherham would have been expected to win their home game against Grimsby but went a goal down on 36 minutes. Ronnie Moore made changes in the second half and that brought about the introduction of Alan Lee, coming on as a 58th minute substitute.

It was Lee who scored the equaliser with just nine minutes left to at least earn his club a point that keeps them in 20th place and two places above the relegation places. A defeat would have seen Grimsby get within one place of them. Lee has struggled to get goals at this level and last night was just his fourth in 22 appearances in the First Division.

Two division lower and Paul Smith was on the scoresheet again for Hartlepool United. They led 1-0 in their home game against Scunthorpe United but then found themselves 2-1 down after Peter Beagrie scored twice.

Having pulled themselves back into it at 2-2 it was Smudger who got the winner for them with just eight minutes left, his third goal of the season. After what was a disastrous start to the season that saw them right at the bottom of the league Hartlepool have now lifted themselves to 12th place and are just six points from the play off positions.

Smith also received his first yellow card of the season and to be honest I am surprised. The referee at the game last night was Mike Pike from Barrow-in-Furness. Last week his performance at the Turf was described by everyone as weak as he took no action most of the time. He was also far too reluctant to show yellow cards. Last night Paul Smith's was one of seven cards issued by referee Pike.