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Preview: Pools v Solihull Moors

6 April 2018

Victoria Park Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
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We turn our attentions to the weekend with and full and in-depth preview of Saturday's game at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Solihull Moors
Vanarama National League
Saturday 7th April 2018, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Solihull Moors are going in to the season run-in with real confidence that they can pull themselves clear of the National League’s bottom four on the back of a solid run of recent form.

Mark Yates has made a real difference since arriving to steady the ship in November following Richard Money’s time at the helm lasted just 26 days.

The former Cheltenham Town boss has used all of his experience to drive improved performances from the West Midlands outfit and, impressively, they’re still unbeaten at home during his tenure.

While they remain fourth-bottom ahead of the weekend, a five-game unbeaten run has helped move them level on points with Barrow and just three points behind struggling Woking.

After Saturday’s game, The Moors play three of their final four games on home soil and they will hope that gives them the platform to clamber clear of danger and extend their stay in the top tier of non-league football in to a third season.

One To Watch
Solihull Moors fans were delighted when Jamey Osborne completed a permanent return to Damson Park in January following a month on loan from Grimsby Town.

The midfielder brings a strong and physical presence to The Moors’ engine room and his pace and clever footwork also make him a threat going forward.

Born in Solihull, Osborne was on the books at the club in 2016/17 before his move to Blundell Park but his return in the New Year has helped boost The Moors’ bid for survival.

Form Guide
Solihull Moors: LDDWDD

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be only the second competitive meeting between the two clubs following Pools’ 2-1 win at Damson Park in October courtesy of goals from Rhys Oates and Jonathan Franks.

Joe Johnson will preside over his fifth Pools game of the current campaign when he’s the man in the middle for Saturday’s meeting with Solihull Moors.

The official is now in to his third season on the National League list of referees and first took charge of Pools for our 1-1 draw at Macclesfield Town in August.

Johnson was also on the whistle for our 0-0 draw at Wrexham in September as well as our 4-0 thumping of FC Halifax Town in November and our 2-2 draw with Gateshead on New Year’s Day.

His most recent appointment was at Aldersot Town last month when he oversaw their 2-0 win over Boreham Wood.

Live Coverage
Pools legend Brian Honour will join Mark Simpson in the Victoria Park press box to provide live commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the world.

The duo will be on-air from The Vic from 2.50pm on Saturday so if you can’t get along to the game, make sure you join the lads to stay right up to date.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD on a Monthly Pass for just £4.49.

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 the 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 buy tickets on their cards directly at the gate.

Click here for all details on buying tickets for Saturday’s game.

Match Odds
Pools 13/8
Solihull Moors 13/8
Draw 21/10

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Match Reports

Late Goal Sees Pools Lose Out

7 April 2018

Jake Cassidy Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Jake Cassidy in action against Solihull Moors

Pools were once again beaten by a late sucker-punch as Solihull Moors scored on 88 minutes to take the win.

The visitors had been on top for much of the game, with Pools left to rely on the counter attack for their chances on goal. 

But with Matthew Bates's side having looked to have secured a point, Adi Yussuf pounced from a corner to give his side a 1-0 lead with just two minutes of normal time remaining. 

The visitors had their first shot on goal after just two minutes through the lively Adi Yussuf but he was denied by Scott Loach who got down to fingertip the effort wide.

After weathering an early storm, Pools did have the ball in the back of the net on 13 minutes with their first real attack. It was a rapid break up field started by Conor Newton, who fed it up for Michael Woods before Rhys Oates joined from the right. But Woods’ final effort was ruled out for offside.

Josh Hawkes tried a speculative effort from distance that went just wide of the post as Pools enjoyed a brief spell of pressure in a tough 45 minutes.

The visitors were quickly back in action at the other end as Scott Loach pulled off another good save to deny Jamie Reckford.

Solihull Moors stopped Pools from playing their game for much of the half, with Loach by far the busier of the two keepers.

And the Pools stopper was called into action again just after the half-hour mark as he blocked well from Yussuf who had broke into the box from the left.

Jake Cassidy picked out Michael Woods in the area but the midfielder’s shot was easy for Max O’Leary in the visiting goal, while Cassidy showed a great turn and shot on the edge of the box but saw his effort go wide.

Fiacre Kelleher should have given his side the lead on 30 minutes as he arrived at full stretch to meet a Darren Carter freekick into the box. But from almost underneath the crossbar, Kelleher somehow sent his shot over target.

Pools could perhaps count themselves fortunate to go in all square at the break but they came out brighter in the second half.

Conor Newton sent an early shot wide, Jack Cassidy saw his cross into the box from the by-line cleared out, while Oates saw his ball in from the other wide also blocked out.

The visitors remained a threat going forward, passing the ball about neatly and forcing Pools back and with fifteen minutes of the second half gone, they were back on top.

Hawkes went closest for Pools on 71 minutes as he fired a great effort in from 25 yards out, which beat the keeper but was kept out by the crossbar as the ball crashed against the woodwork.

Adi Yussuf was back on the attack for the visitors on 75 minutes but after setting off for goal with only Loach in his sights, the striker sent his effort wide of the post under big pressure from Laing and Magnay chasing back.

Solihull Moors were denied by the crossbar just after as sub Omari Sterling-James got in to fire on goal but watched as his shot bounced on the bar and went over.

Yussuf got his goal for the visitors on 88 minutes when a corner in from the right picked him up at the near post and he volleyed in from close range to make it 1-0 and take the win for his team. 

Full Time: Pools 0 Solihull Moors 1

Attendance: 2782 (62 Solihull Moors)

Booked: Cassidy (73), Woods (87), Hawkins (90)

Pools: Loach, Hawkins, Laing, Magnay, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton (Donaldson 69), Hawkes, Cassidy, Oates (Rodney 69).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Munns, Owen.

Solihull Moors: O’Leary, Carter, Williams, Storer, Yussuf, Hylton (Carline 90), Thomas (Reid 75), Reckord, Daly, Kelleher, Osborne (Sterling-James 75).
Subs Not Used: Green, Lait.

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