Hartlepool return to Football League after penalty shoot-out win over Torquay

Hartlepool United v Torquay United – Vanarama National League – Play Off Final – Ashton Gate
(Image credit: Nigel French)

Hartlepool sealed their return to the English Football League after four years away despite a dramatic stoppage-time strike from Torquay goalkeeper Lucas Covolan threatening to derail their quest to win the Vanarama National League play-off final.

Luke Armstrong’s first-half strike looked to have secured Pools’ return to Sky Bet League Two, with Torquay seeing two Kyle Cameron goals ruled out, but right at the death Brazilian stopper Covolan intervened to make it 1-1.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1