September proved to be equally as successful for Hartlepool and Jacob Jones, as they took their unbeaten tally for the season to fourteen games.
141 Hartlepool supporters made the 602 mile-round trip to Havant & Waterlooville, as their side raced out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Luke James, Ryan Donaldson and Liam Noble. The visitors had limited opportunities, with just five shots on target, but demonstrated their clinical edge perfectly at Westleigh Park.
Luke James grabbed the headlines as Hartlepool returned to Victoria Park in the following game. He scored twice against his former side Barrow, adding to Luke Molyneux's goal in a 3-1 victory.
Solihull Moors became the first team to take anything off Jacob Jones' side as they held the Poolies to a 2-2 draw at Damson Park. However, Solihull boss Tim Flowers was "frustrated"
by the final result, as his side threw away a two-goal lead.
Terry Hawkridge gave them the lead after eleven minutes, with a well-struck effort from outside the area. Liam Daly would make it two-nil after his header beat Scott Loach and it seemed a poor Hartlepool side on the day were heading for their first loss.
However, a fourth goal in three games for Luke James gave the visitors hope. Then, with five minutes left to play, Ryan Donaldson would strike the leveller and rescue United's unbeaten start to the season in the process.
Scott Loach called into action against Solihull Moors
There was no such scare in the following game against Eastleigh. A 5-0 victory for the hosts as all five goals came in the first forty-five minutes. Cameron James scored a rare double, prior to Luke James and Ryan Donaldson adding to their tallies. Lewis Hawkins' solo effort would prove to be the final nail in the coffin, in what was a horrific afternoon for the 94 travelling Eastleigh fans.
Halifax proved to be much sterner opposition at The Shay. The hosts equalised with ten minutes to play through Matty Kosylo, after Lewis Hawkins scored a second goal in as many games. Both sides perhaps had cases as to why they should have won, in what was a very entertaining game, with either side managing nine shots on target each.
Connor Newton sprained his knee ligaments in a challenge with Matty Brown and subsequently will be ruled out until the start of November, at least.
A 2-0 victory against struggling Salford got Hartlepool back on track. Luke James and Lewis Hawkins striking prior to the half-time whistle at Moor Lane. The hosts surprisingly sit bottom of the National League, despite the high-profile signings of Adam Rooney and Danny Lloyd in the summer from Aberdeen and Peterborough United, respectively.
Returning to Victoria Park for the final game of September, Hartlepool came into it with an unbeaten record at home, the only side beside Gateshead to herald such a record. That would remain in tact, however the Pools dropped their first points of the season at home in a 0-0 draw with Aldershot.
Additionally, it was the first time Hartlepool were unable to score in a game this season. Jake Cole in the Aldershot goal pulled off a fantastic save from Luke James' one-on-one effort, in the highlight of the game.
Player of the Month
September's Player of the Month award goes to Luke James. The 23-year-old took his tally for the season to nine, after scoring six goals this month, including two against former side Barrow. His impact has been huge since returning to Victoria Park in the summer and Pools will be hoping for more of the same from their academy graduate.
"Luke is a fantastic player at this level. He demonstrated that fantastically with Barrow last season and is doing so again. Obviously, he's a real fans favourite at the club and has the support of the fans, but he is repaying them with, quite simply, blistering form at the moment."
"He's a clinical finisher and at this level, those type of players are difficult to come by. We are very fortunate to have someone of Luke's calibre at this football club."
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