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Preview: Pools v AFC Fylde

25 August 2017

Hartlepool United v AFC Fylde Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Hartlepool United v AFC Fylde

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's meeting with AFC Fylde at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v AFC Fylde
Vanarama National League
Saturday 26th August 2017, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
AFC Fylde have arrived in the National League with big ambitions having been promoted from National League North as Champions last season.

The Lancashire coast outfit have an owner whose eyes are firmly on achieving EFL status in the coming years and an impressive new stadium which would grace a much higher division.

The Coasters have enjoyed three promotions in six seasons to find themselves in the top tier of non-league football but are yet to taste their first victory at this level having drawn four and lost one.

The loss of influential skipper Josh Langley to a cruciate ligament injury is a major blow but boss Dave Challinor has been able to strengthen his squad this week with the signing of former Exeter City midfielder Tom McCready following a successful trial.

One To Watch
Front man Danny Rowe struck an astonishing 50 goals in all competitions last season to help AFC Fylde in to the National League and they’ll be hoping for more of the same during 2017/18.

A local lad who has been on the books since 2014 after spells at Fleetwood Town and Lincoln City, Rowe is already off the mark this term having found the net during the 3-3 draw at Ebbsfleet United a fortnight ago.

Given that The Coasters have found the net in every game so far this term, it’s perhaps surprising that the 27-year-old hasn’t scored more but if Pools can keep him quiet today it will be a job well done.

Form Guide
Pools: DLDLDL
Fylde: DDDDLD

Head To Head
This is the first time that Pools and AFC Fylde have shared a division – therefore Saturday’s game will the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.

Referee
It will be Simeon Lucas’ first game in charge of Pools this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our tussle with AFC Fylde.

The official has been running the line in recent seasons but moved infield at the start of the current campaign to make his National League whistling debut.

It’s fair to say there have been few fireworks for Lucas so far – he watched Barrow and Halifax battle to a 0-0 draw in his first game and oversaw a Macclesfield Town and Bromley’s goalless draw in the other.

Will he see a goal this Saturday?

Live Coverage
Pools legend Brian Honour will join Mark Simpson in the commentary box for live coverage of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD.

You can join the lads from 2.50pm when they go live from The Vic to set the scene ahead of the National League encounter with The Coasters.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
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 introduced 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 11/10
Fylde 21/10
Draw 13/5

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Match Reports

Disappointing Defeat For Pools

26 August 2017

Pools are still looking for their first National League victory after falling to a 2-0 defeat to AFC Fylde at The Vic this afternoon.

Once again Craig Harrison's side fell behind to a first-half goal and failed to find a reply - with a late Danny Rowe effort sealing defeat for Pools. 

AFC Fylde had a couple of early chances through Rowe; the striker pushing in from the left with one effort that saw him send his final shot into the side netting of Scott Loach’s goal.

Jonathan Franks opened things up for Pools at the other end and sent a low cross into the box which was just nicked away from Jake Cassidy running into the box. The visitors broke away on the counter attack but fortunately Jack Muldoon sent his cross forward wide.

Conor Newton did really well to drive in from the right and play a great ball into the feet of Jack Munns inside the box. He got his shot in but it went just wide of the near post.

Scott Loach, skippering the team in the absence of Carl Magnay, showed real bravery as he threw himself at the feet of Muldoon to block a shot just inside the box.

AFC Fylde grew in confidence in the game and, while they showed a direct approach in their defending, they played some good football going forward.

Danny Rowe had another shot on goal, this time testing his luck with one from distance and, while his shot didn’t have much on it, it took a deflection to win the visitors a corner.

And, from the resulting corner kick, Ryan Donadlson came to the rescue to clear a headed effort powerfully off the line and away from danger.

New loan signing Keith Watson put in a great challenge inside the box to whip the ball away from Henry Jones who had broken through into the area.

Pools themselves had enjoyed their fair share of the ball without really testing Rhys Taylor in the visiting goal.

And, with 40 minutes gone, Pools fell a goal behind for the sixth successive fixture; the visitors were afforded too much space down the left and when the ball came into the box it was easy for Jones to pick up, and he sent his shot past Loach to make it 1-0.

With Scott Harrison going off injured just before half-time, Kenton Richardson replaced him and there was a switch around at the back for Pools, with Donnelly moving into a more central position.

It was the visitors who dominated the opening spell of the second half and Pools spent too much time in their own half defending against a team who looked keen to add to their tally.

Loach pulled off a good save to deny Rowe who sent a well-taken freekick at goal, while Keith Watson looked a good addition at the back for Pools on his debut.

Harrison brought on Devante Rodney and Lewis Hawkins just after the hour mark as he looked to inject the spark that his side had so-far lacked.

Jonathan Franks was busy for Pools and did not stop with his running and Jake Cassidy worked hard to create space up front but it was the visitors who looked most likely to score again.

Pools sent a freekick into the box in the 80th minute, which saw everyone bar Adams and Loach go up to challenge for. But the visitors threw numbers back and were able to clear

On 82 minutes, a Liam Donnelly shot on goal from outside of the box – which was the first for Pools in the second half – went wide of the far post.

With 85 minutes on the clock, Rowe made it 2-0 to AFC Fylde and Pools faced defeat once more on another disappointing afternoon at Victoria Park.

Full Time: Pools 0 AFC Fylde 2

Booked: Cassidy (60), Watson (83)

Attendance: 2954 (82 AFC Fylde)

Pools: Loach, Donnelly, Watson, Harrison (Richardson 45), Adams, Featherstone, Donaldson (Rodney 62), Newton, Munns (Hawkins 63), Franks, Cassidy.
Subs Not Used: Woods, Deverdics.

AFC Fylde: Taylor, Montrose, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, Bond, Hardy (Smith 72), Finley, Rowe, Muldoon (Ezewele 85), Grand, Jones (McCready 76).
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Blinkhorn.

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