BARNSLEY got their pre-season programme off to a perfect start with a comfortable victory at Hartlepool United last night.
Keith Hill’s opening game in charge was potentially tricky at Victoria Park, but the hosts were repelled by a solid-looking Reds backline. At the other end, the strikers looked sharp and Danny Haynes particularly impressed, scoring twice.
Barnsley – parading three signings in their starting line-up in Rob Edwards, Jimmy McNulty and Craig Davies – produced a dominant first-half performance and went in at the break two up. The first came after 16 minutes when Reuben Noble-Lazarus took a short pass from Danny Haynes before lashing home from just inside the box. Five minutes later the lead was doubled as the roles were reversed this time.
Man-of-the-match Noble-Lazarus saw a powerful drive parried by keeper Scott Flinders, but Haynes was on hand to hammer the rebound into the roof of the net. Anthony Sweeney rapped a shot against the Reds’ crossbar, but 2-0 it was at the interval.
Reds’ lead was extended after the hour mark. And it was Haynes again who slotted home following some neat approach play by Jacob Butterfield. New boy Davies came close to a fourth late on when his low shot fizzed just wide, but this was an encouraging first run-out for the Reds, with Hill and his assistant Dave Flitcroft looking well pleased at the end of the game.
The second-half didn’t feature the customary clutch of substitutions from Hill, but making an appearance from the bench were new boys Matt Done and Scott Wiseman, and trialist Fernando.
n BARNSLEY: Preece; Hassell, Edwards, McNulty, McEveley, Lovre, Butterfield, Haynes, Gray, Noble-Lazarus, Davies.
Substitutes: Steele, Doyle, Foster, O’Brien, Done, Perkins, Wiseman, Addison, Fernando.
n Reds’ second string begin their pre-season tonight when go to Evo Stik League outfit Frickley Athletic.