2017-18 English National League, Regular Season
  • Louis Laing (38')
  • Devante Rodney (90'+2')

Hartlepool clinch survival with win over Orient

Hartlepool secured their place in next season's National League after Louis Laing scored the only goal to beat Leyton Orient at Victoria Park.
The north-east club climbed to 17th, seven points clear of Woking in 21st place who have two games to play.
Orient dominated the opening exchanges, forcing a number of corners, while Hartlepool's first sight of goal was a Ryan Donaldson header that was cleared off the line in the 16th minute.
Three minutes later, Orient missed a great chance to take the lead when Josh Koroma shot wide when presented with a one-on-one with Scott Loach.
Laing eased a lot of the tension inside Victoria Park when he gave Hartlepool the lead in the 38th minute, finding the net with a header over Orient keeper Dean Brill.
Devante Rodney was sent off for Hartlepool in injury time for two bookable offences, but his side hung on to claim the three points that will keep them in the National League next season.

English National League Standings