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Preview: Bromley v Pools

18 August 2017

Bromley v Hartlepool United Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Bromley v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' first ever visit to Bromley.

Bromley v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 19th August 2017, 3pm
Hayes Lane

In Opposition
After winning the National League South title in 2014/15, Bromley have gone on to comfortably establish themselves in non-league’s top tier during the last two seasons.

The Ravens finished 10th last term despite making a relatively slow start but they’ve been quicker out of the blocks this time around and currently lie fourth in the table.

Former Spurs trainee Neil Smith is the man in charge of The Ravens, who were further boosted by Tuesday’s eye-catching 6-1 triumph over Leyton Orient in midweek.

They remain unbeaten in their four games so far having won twice and drawn twice so they’ll be full of confidence as they welcome Pools to Hayes Lane this weekend.

One To Watch
Josh Rees has settled in quickly to life at Hayes Lane and has hit the ground running since becoming a Bromley player during the summer.

The former Arsenal schoolboy has already found the net three times this term, including one in Tuesday’s 6-1 shock hammering of Leyton Orient.

Rees, whose talent was nurtured by Nottingham Forest between 2013 and 2016, is obviously in great form and Pools will hope to keep the 23-year-old quiet this weekend.

Form Guide
Bromley:
WLDWDW
Pools: WDLDLD

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the first time that Pools and Bromley have ever met in competitive action.

Referee
Savvas Yianni will take charge of his first-ever Pools fixture this weekend after stepping up to the National League list of referees for the new campaign.

He made his debut in the middle during Dagenham & Redbridge’s 2-1 win at Boreham Wood last Tuesday and will return to action at Hayes Lane this weekend.

Live Coverage
We’ll be linking-up with BBC Tees to provide Pools PlayerHD subscribers with full live commentary of Saturday’s game against Bromley at Hayes Lane.

Click here for information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Tickets will be available on the turnstiles at Hayes Lane prior to kick-off at the weekend.

Click here for full information for Saturday’s game.

Match Odds
Bromley 7/5
Draw 12/5
Pools 19/10

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Match Reports

Pools Still Waiting For First Win

19 August 2017

Nicky Deverdics Steve Morris, Shutter Press
Nicky Deverdics battles for the ball.

Pools were left waiting for their first win of the new season as Bromley continued their unbeaten start with a 2-0 win over Craig Harrison’s men at Hayes Lane.

A goal in each half was enough to consign Pools to defeat on their first-ever visit to Bromley as the struggle to acclimatise to life in the National League rumbled on for another week.

Harrison opted to utilise Jake Cassidy as a lone striker with Ryan Donaldson and Nicky Deverdics providing support from the wings. Liam Donnelly was handed the holding role which allowed Nicky Featherstone and Conor Newton to be partners further forward in midfield.

Jonathan Franks was on the bench after international clearance was received in time following his return to Victoria Park earlier in the week.

It was a cagey start from both sides, with neither creating much in the way of clear cut chances in the opening quarter of an hour.

Pools began to look the more comfortable side as things developed and a good move freed Jake Cassidy down the left but his cross was well cut out by Bromley as danger loomed in the middle.

The front man was proving a handful for the home defence and he won a knockdown from a right-wing corner which set up first Liam Donnelly and then Louis Laing for shots on goal but both were well blocked.

Bromley’s first attempt of note came out of nothing when Louis Dennis let fly with a long-distance half volley which just didn’t dip enough to trouble Scott Loach.

With nine minutes of the first half remaining the hosts strung together their first move of quality and it paid off – the ball was worked in to the box for Dennis and his shot deflected back across the face of goal where Josh Rees was on hand to prod home his third goal of the season.

Nicky Deverdics produced an opening for Pools with a classy drop of the shoulder on the edge of the area but Cassidy got his shot all wrong and it flew well wide.

After controlling the opening half hour, things unravelled for Pools in the final fifteen minutes of the first half – summed up when Laing was forced to go off with a hamstring injury. Jonathan Franks was his replacement, coming on to make his second debut for the Club.

Pools almost got off to the perfect start in the second half when Cassidy found Franks in space on the left; the winger delivered a great cross in to the arriving Conor Newton but he fired a shot agonisingly wide.

Blair Adams then jinked his way brilliantly towards the edge of the box before drilling a great effort towards goal but unfortunately the shot grazed the post with keeper David Gregory looking beaten.

Bromley provided a warning that they still carried a threat at the other end when Adam Mekki slipped the ball through for Dennis but his low cross was blazed over from close range by Rees to let Pools off the hook.

Pools did fall further on 59 minutes when they gave up possession too easily on the half way line and Bromley bombed forward. Loach did well to parry an initial effort from Mekki but was powerless to stop a rasping volley from Luke Wanadio on the follow-up as it flew in to the top corner. Pools weren’t happy about the goal, given they had been appealing for the referee to stop the game with Donnelly down injured inside the penalty area in the build-up.

Dennis came close to adding a third for the hosts shortly afterwards but his shot from 25 yards flew just wide, while Wanadio was even more unlucky with another fine strike from the edge of the area which had Loach beaten but came back off the post.

Substitute Devante Rodney could have nodded Pools back in to contention when he got on the end of Franks’ delivery from the left but his effort was off target.

It took a great clearance from Donnelly on the goal-line at the other end to prevent the Ravens extending their lead, the defender was in the right place to clear after great work from Frankie Sutherland down the right.

In the end it was an afternoon of more frustration for Pools and their 170-strong following at Hayes Lane and they will hope for better when they welcome AFC Fylde to The Vic in seven days time.

Full Time: Bromley 2 Pools 0

Bromley: Gregory, Rees, Chorley, Holland, Dennis (Raymond 87), Mekki, Wynter, Sterling, Wanadio, Porter (Williams 75), Sutherland.
Subs not used: Dunne, Allen, Johnson.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing (Franks 42), Harrison, Adams, Donnelly, Donaldson, Featherstone, Newton, Deverdics (Rodney 67), Cassidy.
Subs not used: Woods, Hawkins, Munns.

Booked: Cassidy, Featherstone.

Attendance: 1,709 (170 Pools fans)

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Ticket News

Bromley Tickets Available On The Day

17 August 2017

Hayes Lane
Bromley play home games at Hayes Lane

Here’s all the ticket info you need if you want to follow Pools at Bromley on Saturday.

Pools fans are advised that this fixture is no longer all-ticket for away supporters and there will be tickets available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters will pay £10 and be given a free carer ticket – these must also be booked in advance by calling Bromley's Ticket Office on 0208 460 5291.

Click here for full price information on Bromley tickets and other upcoming away fixtures.

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