Hartlepool United sank to another away defeat last night, succumbing 1-0 to Sutton United in the battle of EFL new boys at Gander Green Lane.

Both teams were promoted from the National League last season, but it was Sutton who came out on top after defender Ben Goodliffe bagged the only goal of the game.

The result means Pools have lost all three away games this season, but have won each of their four fixtures on home soil.

Resilient Sutton beat Pools to win the National League title in May to secure promotion to the Football League for the first time in their 123-year history.

Pools goalkeeper stopper Ben Killip made two good saves to first keep out Enzio Boldewijn and then Saturday’s two-goal hero Richie Bennett in the first half.

But the hosts got the deserved opener as Goodliffe bundled home at the back post.

Sutton skipper Craig Eastmond ensured the half-time advantage when he cleared Time Odusina’s header off the line.

Us stopper Dean Bouzanis produced two fine saves to keep out headers from David Ferguson and Olufela Olomola as the rain battered down after the break.

Down the other end, the sprawling Killip did well to deny David Ajiboye with 15 minutes left.

And frustrations boiled over as Pools boss Dave Challinor was booked for remonstrating with the fourth official.