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Loan watch: Tshibola's Hartlepool pull off relegation escape

27 April 2015

Pools were 10 points adrift

Aaron Tshibola helped Hartlepool United to preserve their Football League status on Saturday afternoon, playing 90 minutes in their vital 2-1 success over Exeter City.

Victory ensured that Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers would be relegated to the Conference, thus completing an amazing turnaround from Ronnie Moore’s Pools.

Tshibola joined the League Two club on an initial one-month loan deal on January 2nd with them sitting bottom of the table and eight points adrift of safety.

The deficit reached 10 points by the end of 2015’s first month but the extension of Tshibola’s loan deal until the end of the season coincided with a brilliant turn of form.

Pools had propped up the Football since October but four consecutive victories at the end of March propelled them out of the dropzone.

A difficult beginning to April, which yielded just two points from five games, kept them looking nervously over their shoulders, but Saturday’s win at Victoria Park garuantees them of League two Football next season.

Hartlepool travel to Carlisle United on the final day of the season on Saturday, with Tshibola hoping to end his loan spell by making his 23rd appearance for the club.

What a day! No1 backed us! But we kept on believing and fighting! I will never forget this day! Fans have been brilliant To me! #emotional

— Aaron Tshibola (@AaronTshibola) April 25, 2015

A great club with good people! So happy we managed to do the unthinkable! Massive achievement! I thank god for this day! 🙏 it's all over 😀😀😀

— Aaron Tshibola (@AaronTshibola) April 25, 2015

Craig Tanner came off the bench for AFC Wimbledon in their 2-0 defeat to promotion hopefuls Bury on Saturday.

Since joining the Dons on loan in January, Tanner has turned out 18 times for Neal Ardley’s men and they end the 2015/16 campaign with a home game against already-relegated Cheltenham.

Jake Taylor was an unused substitute for Leyton Orient as they picked up an important point against Sheffield United at the Matchroom Stadium.

Orient head into the final day of the season needing to beat Swindon and also needing to Crawley Town and Notts County to lose in order to secure League One survival.

Stuart Moore and Rob Dickie both played 90 minutes for Basingstoke Town in their 2-1 win over Weston Supermare at the weekend as they secured their highest ever Conference South league finish.

They now enter the end-of-season play-offs where they will take on Whitehawk in the semi-finals.

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