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Preview: Pools v Guiseley

1 April 2018

Victoria Park Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
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We turn our attentions to the Easter Monday action with a full and in-depth preview of Guiseley visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Guiseley
Vanarama National League
Monday 2nd April 2018, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Guiseley will arrive at Victoria Park looking to bounce back from a damaging Good Friday defeat to Leyton Orient at Nethermoor Park.

The Lions sit bottom of the pile in the National League table and are some fifteen points adfrift of safety following the 3-1 reverse at the hands of The O’s.

Sean St Ledger has been in temporary charge of First Team affairs since the departure of Paul Cox in February and he admitted that their performance on Friday wasn’t good enough from the first whistle.

The West Yorkshire outfit have won just once in their last fourteen games and only a dramatic turnaround in form coupled with kind results elsewhere will see them avoid playing in the National League North next term.

Star Man
Rowan Liburd is Guiseley’s most reliable provider of goals after making his move from Stevenage a permanent one in December following a successful loan stint.

The 25-year-old front man hit four goals in seven games for The Lions, which was enough to persuade them to offer him a full-time deal at Nethermoor Park.

A lively and dangerous forward, Liburd made a name for himself during a football scholarship in America and drew attention upon his return to England when he began scoring goals for Billericay Town, earning a move to Reading.

Form Guide
Pools: LDDWWW
Guiseley: LWLLDL

Head To Head
Our 1-0 win at Guiseley at the end of August came courtesy of Jonathan Franks’ second half goal and was the first time the two clubs have ever met in competitive action.

Referee
Joe Hull will take charge of his third Pools game of the season on Monday afternoon when he’s the man in the middle for Guiseley’s visit to The Vic.

He has also overseen our last-gasp win over Barrow back in October, while he was also on the whistle for our 1-1 draw at Chester in January.

Hull’s most recent outing came on Good Friday when he presided over Solihull Moors’ goalless draw with Aldershot Town at Damson Park.

Live Coverage
Mark Simpson will be live on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm on Monday afternoon to provide fans with full live commentary of the action against Guiseley.

The live coverage on Pools PlayerHD is accessible by supporters anywhere in the world so if you can’t get along to The Vic make sure you join us to listen-in.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office.

Fans will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game from our Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or from our two Matchday Ticket Offices.

There will be no cash turnstiles for Pools fans but we have made available a method by which supporters can pay for tickets on their cards directly at the turnstiles.

Click here for full information on buying tickets for this fixture.

Match Odds
Pools 4/6
Guiseley 4/1
Draw 13/5

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Match Reports

Late Goal Sees Pools Lose Out

2 April 2018

Lewis Hawkins Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Lewis Hawkins in action against Guiseley

Pools were dealt a late blow at The Vic as Guiseley grabbed an injury-time winner to take the three points.

Matthew Bates's side had plenty of possession in the game, particularly in the first half, but could not find a goal to break the deadlock and after a tight second half, the visitors grabbed a late winner to snatch the points and bring Pools' unbeaten run to an end.

Bates’s side knocked the ball about well and had the greater share of possession in the first half, leaving the visitors to rely on the break for their chances on goal.

And it was Guiseley who had the first shot of the game as Alex Purver fired a shot in from the edge of the box which went wide of the Scott Loach’s post.

Josh Hawkes had the first chance for Pools on 18 minutes as he sent one wide of the near post from 25 yards out.

Dayle Southwell was next to try his luck on goal, again with an effort from distance but again his sht went wide of Loach’s goal.

Louis Laing, who played some great pinpoint crosses out of defence in the first half, went closest to opening the scoring for Pools ten minutes before the break. A corner in from Blair Adams on the right picked out the defender at the far post but his headed effort scraped the post as it went just wide.

Scott Loach had his first save to make just before the break as Purver got on the end of some decent play from the visitors to fire in a low drive on goal. Loach held the shot comfortably and the teams went in 0-0 at half time.

Guiseley had a chance early after the re-start as Southwell got through with only Loach to beat. The forward hit his effort straight at the Pools’ keeper though and then Carl Magnay arrived to clear the danger.

The visitors, who had finished the first half with a flourish, started the second half brightly and put more pressure on Pools in the opening minutes.

Devante Rodney showed his pace a couple of time to open things up for Pools at the other end but the striker lost out the first time to Harry Flowers after powering his way through into the box and fired over with his next attempt.

Sub Callum McFadzean took advantage of a slip by Lewis Hawkins to break forward and square the ball in for Southwell who was in a great position to shoot but the Guiseley man sent his effort just wide of the far post when a goal looked likely.

Josh Hawkes almost had another goal in unusual circumstances as he saw Joseph Green spill his cross at the near post but the visiting keeper eventually managed to clear.

The second half was tighter than the first as Pools had more work to do at the back than they had in the first 45 minutes.

Rhys Oates, on in place of Devante Rodney, fired a shot in from distance on 70 minutes but the shot was easily blocked by Green.

With 15 minutes remaining, Pools found themselves under pressure at the back as Guiseley upped their intensity for a spell but Scott Loach and his back four looked composed and dealt with any danger.

Oates burst down the right before squaring the ball into the middle but the ball arrived just ahead of Michael Woods who slid in to try and force it past Green.

McFadzean got in to similar effect at the other end as his ball across the face of goal went untested as the action switched from one end to the other.

Sub Ryan Donaldson sent a teasing cross in from the right late in the game which was flicked on by Oates towards goal but there was noone there to take advantage and the chance went by.

But with the teams looking set to share the spoils, a slip by Louis Laing at the back allowed Dayle Southwell through into the box and he made no mistake as he slipped the ball past Loach and into the far corner to snatch a late winner deep into injury time. 

Full Time: Pools 0 Guiseley 1

Attendance: 2674 (64 Guiseley)

Pools: Loach, Hawkins, Laing, Magnay, Adams, Featherstone, Newton, Woods, Hawkes (Donaldson 79), Cassidy, Rodney (Oates 63).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Owen, Munns.

Guiseley: Green, Palmer, Hatfield, Southwell, Purver, Odejayi (Liburd 70), Hudson (Hurst 45), Holden, Roberts (McFadzean 56), Flowers, Nirennold.
Subs Not Used: Williams, Paley.

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