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Preview: Sutton United v Pools

13 April 2018

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Sutton United play at The Knights Community Stadium

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of our trip to The Knights Community S

Sutton United v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 14th April 2018, 3pm
The Knights Community Stadium

In Opposition
Four defeats from the last five have threatened to derail Sutton United’s attempts to reach the Football League and they’ve earmarked Saturday’s game with Pools as a “must-win” fixture.

The U’s were right in the mix for automatic promotion and just two points behind leaders Macclesfield Town following a 1-0 win over Solihull Moors a month ago.

However, they’ve struggled for form since then and come in to the weekend’s meeting with Pools on the back of three straight defeats which mean they’re still battling to cement a play-off spot.

After finishing 12th last season in their first year back at this level, Sutton now have their eyes firmly on the EFL and have confirmed plans to spend £300,000 laying a grass pitch should they achieve promotion.

One To Watch
Craig Eastmond has hit back from an ankle injury sustained at the end of Sutton United’s 1-1 draw at Victoria Park in October to become one of their key players in the drive for promotion.

The former Arsenal youngster provides some real craft in the Sutton engine room and has been a virtual ever-present since returning to the side in December.

The U’s have just recalled Ross Lafayette to their ranks following a loan spell at Maidstone United and Eastmond’s job will be to help provide the service for him and top scorer Tommy Wright during the run-in.

Form Guide
Sutton United: WLWLLL
Pools: DWWWLL

Head To Head
Our 1-1 draw with Sutton United at Victoria Park in October was the first-ever competitive meeting between the sides.

Referee
David Rock will take charge of his second Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Sutton United.

The experienced official is in to his fourth season on the National League list of referees and has overseen 24 fixtures at our level this term.

His only other Pools appointment came back in October when he saw us win 2-0 at Torquay United, while his most recent outing was at Boreham Wood where Macclesfield Town won 2-0 on Tuesday.

Live Coverage
We’ll be linking-up with our friends at BBC Tees to provide live commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the world.

If you can’t get to The Knights Community Staidum on Saturday then make sure you join us for full online coverage to keep right up to date with the action against The U’s.

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

Tickets
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for Saturday’s game on the cash-only turnstiles prior to kick-off at Sutton United.

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

Match Odds
Sutton United 3/5
Pools 19/4
Draw 29/10

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Match Reports

Pools Pick Up Precious Away Point

14 April 2018

Josh Hawkes Ian Randall (Shutter Press)
Josh Hawkes celebrates his equaliser at Sutton United

Josh Hawkes netted his second senior goal as Pools claimed a creditable and potentially crucial point against Sutton United at The Knights Community Stadium on Saturday.

The young midfielder dragged Pools level with a sweet finish just before the half hour to cancel out Ross Lafayette’s early opener and help move Matthew Bates men five points clear of the National League danger zone.

Bates had opted to make one change to his starting eleven with Ryan Donaldson making his first start since October at the expense of Rhys Oates who had to be content with a place on the bench, alongside Scott Harrison who returned as a substitute after hamstring trouble.

The hosts were out of the traps quickest and Harry Beautyman fired a warning shot from twenty-five yards which swerved in difficult fashion but Scott Loach did well to block with a strong right hand.

However, it was only a brief reprieve because The U’s were in front on 9 minutes when a left-wing free kick found Lafayette at the front post and he headed in his second goal since returning from a loan spell at Maidstone United.

The goal lifted the home side even further and they were backed by a noisy crowd as they went in search of a second goal in the Surrey sunshine.

Former Middlesbrough man Nicky Bailey created the next opening after winning the ball on the right side of the box but his powerful cross was headed over by Tommy Wright at the front post.

Top scorer Wright came even closer minutes later when he found space on the right of the box, cut inside on his left foot and drilled a low shot towards the near post which Loach did well to turn wide.

On 26 minutes Pools managed to drag themselves level against the run of play when Michael Woods swung a cross in from the right which fell loose to Josh Hawkes twelve yards out and the young midfielder struck a crisp low show which was past keeper Jamie Butler before he could react.

It was a little more even after that but Sutton continued to carry the greater threat; danger man Lafayette barged his way through on the edge of the area but Loach got out quickly and blocked his shot.

A low ball was delivered in to the Pools penalty area from the right which was met by Beautyman on the slide at the front post and diverted goalwards but Loach scrambled across to paw it clear as it looked to be sneaking in to the bottom corner.

Loach was by far the busier of the two keepers and he had more work to do when Lafayette again bundled his way in to space but this time the Pools shot-stopper got down low at the striker’s feet and did enough to avert the danger.

It was a less open second half and Sutton struggled to create the same volume of chances, Eastmond tried to force an effort on goal but Pools closed down well and a deflection took most of the sting off the shot.

Pools grew in to the game as it wore on and began to look more of a threat, particularly upon the introduction of Rhys Oates from the bench whose pace worried the home defence.

Sutton substitute Ross Stearn almost had a decisive say when he drove wide from long-range, while Lafayette headed over wastefully from six yards after a good ball in from the left.

Adams whipped a dangerous corner in from the right which was met by Louis Laing but he couldn’t get enough on the header and it flashed across goal and wide.

Bailey thundered an effort over the bar as Sutton pressed in the latter stages and Lafayette almost snatched the points with the last kick after nudging his way through again but Pools held out and extended their unbeaten run away from home to four games.

Full Time: Sutton United 1 Pools 1

Sutton United: Butler, Thomas, Beckwith, Davis (Stearn 69), Lafayette, Eastmond, Bailey, Thomas, Wright (Cadogan 69), Beautyman, Harrison (Taylor 82).
Subs not used: John, Dundas.

Pools: Loach, Hawkins, Laing, Magnay, Adams, Featherstone, Newton, Hawkes (Rodney 75), Woods (Harrison 91), Cassidy, Donaldson (Oates 58).
Subs: Catterick, Munns.

Booked: Magnay (Foul, 68).

Attendance: 2,272 (210 Poolies)

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Ticket News

Sutton Tickets Available On The Day

13 April 2018

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Sutton United play at The Knights Community Stadium

Here’s all the ticket information you need if you want to follow Pools on the road this weekend.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets prior to kick-off at Sutton United on Saturday.

We have been allocated 600 terracing tickets and 84 seating tickets for the encounter at The Knights Community Stadium.

Prices
Adults - £15
Seniors (60 and over) - £8
Students (with valid ID) - £8
Juniors (16 and under) - £3
Stand Transfer - £3

Disabled fans will pay as per their appropriate category and will be eligible for a free carer’s ticket.

Tickets for our game at Tranmere Rovers on the last day of the season are available now – click here to visit our Away Tickets section for more information.

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