Craig Harrison has vowed to battle on as Hartlepool United manager, starting today at the club’s training ground.

The Pools squad were back in work this morning at the Racecourse in the aftermath of the FA Trophy elimination at Workington yesterday. Workington, two divisions below Pools, caused one of the upsets of the first round (Harrogate Town won 2-0 at Wrexham in the other) when Scott Allison struck an excellent 82nd-minute winner at Borough Park.

It was the fifth defeat in six games for Pools who have been knocked off Wembley way and are down in 14th spot in the National League. Harrison says Pools must “stick together” which is a noble thing to say considering the way he was let down by his players, again, in an abject performance in Cumbria yesterday.

Pools have a home date this Saturday against 13th place Maidenhead United who are above them only by virtue of goal difference.

“I’m absolutely gutted and devastated,” said Harrison. “We have to stick at it, stick together and go again.

“We have big games coming up, we have to stick together, look after each other and go again.”

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