DARRELL Clarke is aiming for a repeat showing after finally finding his scoring boots this season.

After waiting 24 games for his first goal, the Hartlepool United midfielder now has two in three games following his match-winner at Boston on Saturday.

He opened his seasonal account from the penalty spot against Cambridge and this time out netted his first from open play when he turned in Mark Robinson's through ball.

And following a spurt of five in ten games last season, a similar performance would suit him fine.

"All I can hope for is to do it all again - let's hope so,'' he insisted.

"No-one can say it hasn't been frustrating for me. It's not as if I've had chances to score and haven't took them.

"But all you can do is keep going and keep working for the team. Now I'm delighted to get the winner.''

Boston's defence appealed in vain for an offside flag before Clark netted, but he insisted: "I played on the last defender.

"I know automatically that all their defenders would push out and I stood on the last man hoping to get a little bit of luck because nine times out of ten the linesman will put his flag up anyway.

"When Robbo played the ball back in I was in line with them.''

Pool have won three games in a week to extend their lead over Rushden to five points and

Clarke added: "I think we are more happy about this win than we were about beating Carlisle at home on New Year's Day.

"It was hard to play football on Boston's pitch so we had to dig in.

"I know it wasn't pretty for the supporters, but all that matters is the result.

"We are well clear at the top now and by winning at Boston and Rushden only drawing we have kept the pressure on them.

"Some teams have games in hand on us, but we have a good advantage and other teams have got to win those games in hand to catch us up.

"We are not going to jump the gun and say we are going to win the championship, all we can do is keep going and win as many games as we can.''

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