Inside League 2: From Stevenage to Hartlepool (and back) with love

Stevenage midfielder Ben Kennedy. Picture: Stevenage FC

Stevenage midfielder Ben Kennedy. Picture: Stevenage FC - Credit: Archant

While my friends were enjoying lavish meals and lashings of alcohol in the company of their loved ones, your’s truly spent Valentine’s Day travelling to Hartlepool and back in the company of two football commentators.

This was not a romantic weekend away, but a trip to watch Stevenage take on Ronnie Moore’s Pool. More of which later.

I was in the company of BBC Three Counties’ Steve Watkins and Dean Thompson - or as my nan calls them, ‘those two lovely radio men’ - and I’m sure that all three of us would rather have been elsewhere.

But we did try to make the most of it: there were chocolates on the journey up and a meal at one point, yet although there were two stoppages at service stations nobody bought any last-gasp Valentine’s Day flowers (seriously, who does that?).

The highlight, though, must be the moment when Smooth FM was ramped up on the way home, and we three belted out a version of Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love.

I’ll apologise to my wife in advance, but it was probably the most memorable Valentine’s Day I’ve had in a while.

As for the game, Stevenage were 3-1 winners with Moore saying that his side had been ‘bullied’ both offensively and defensively.

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Which is strange coming from a manager who deployed a strike force of Marvin Morgan (6’4 12st) and Marlon Harewood (6’1 13.7st).

It says more about Pool than Boro that he thinks 18-year-old Ben Kennedy, making just his third league appearance, could ‘bully’ an experienced league centre-half such as David Mirfin (6’3 13st).

It’s nonsense, of course.

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