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Preview: Dover Athletic v Pools

8 December 2017

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Dover Athletic play their home games at Crabble Athletic Ground

We turn our focus to Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of our first-ever visit to Crabble Athletic Gro

Dover Athletic v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 9th December 2017
Crabble Athletic Ground

In Opposition
Dover Athletic have emerged as real candidates for promotion after a strong first half to the National League campaign which sees them sitting fifth ahead of the clash with Pools this weekend.

Chris Kinnear’s side showed how effective they can be when they welcomed Pools to the division by grinding out a 1-0 win at The Vic when the sides met on the opening day of the campaign.

However, they’re without a win in their last four games and lost to AFC Fylde on their last outing on home soil so they’ll be looking to get back in to form when Craig Harrison’s men arrive this weekend.

Star Man
Former Pools loan man Ryan Bird has been an ever-present in the league this season for The Whites and has top scored with nine goals so far.

The forward scored twice in six games for Pools in 2015 before moving on to spells with Yeovil Town, Eastleigh and Newport County prior to signing for Dover in the summer.

Bird enjoyed a great start to his Dover career but now hasn’t found the net since scoring four times in three games during October.

Form Guide
Dover Athletic: DWDLLD

Head To Head
The meeting on the opening day of the season was the first between the sides and it saw Dover Athletic run out 1-0 winners at Victoria Park.

Richard Hulme will take charge of his second Pools game this weekend when he’s on the whistle for our trip to Dover Athletic.

The official is in his first season on the list of National League referees and also oversaw us in action during our 1-1 draw at Woking in September.

His most recent appointment came during Eastleigh’s 2-2 draw with Maidenhead United just over two weeks ago.

Live Coverage
We’ll once again be linking-up with our friends at BBC Tees to provide live commentary of Saturday’s game at Dover on Pools PlayerHD.

Pools PlayerHD is available to fans all over the world so if you can’t be at the game this weekend then make sure you join us for our live coverage.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Crabble Athletic Ground this weekend.

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

Match Odds
Dover 19/20
Pools 3/1
Draw 23/10

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Match Reports

Pools Beaten At Dover Athletic

9 December 2017

Conor Newton Shutter Press
Conor Newton in action at Dover Athletic

Pools were condemned to their heaviest defeat of the season as Dover Athletic ran out 4-0 winners at Crabble Athletic Ground on Saturday.

Craig Harrison’s men were behind inside three minutes and the afternoon rarely threatened to get any better as Dover completed the National League double over Pools.

A miserable first visit to the Kent outfit was summed up by a red card dished out to former Dover man Nicky Deverdics late in the second half for an alleged elbow.

Pools boss Harrison had opted to restore Michael Ledger to the centre of defence alongside Louis Laing but had to once again make do without Jonathan Franks who failed to recover from a hamstring injury in time to travel.

It took just three minutes for the hosts to go in front when Anthony Jeffrey was able to force the ball inside for Mitch Pinnock to run on to on the left of the penalty area where he let fly with an early low drive which sneaked past Scott Loach and in to the net.

Pools attempted to recover from the setback and Rhys Oates almost prodded an equaliser when he got on the end of a low ball in from Jake Cassidy but it went wide of the target.

However, Dover continued to carry a threat and almost doubled their lead when Manny Parry headed a left-wing corner against the base of the post.

They did get their second goal on 25 minutes when Jeffrey shrugged off the attentions of Laing on the left of the area before sending a low ball across to Pinnock who couldn’t miss from close range.

Liam Donnelly tested Dover keeper Mitch Walker with a fierce drive as Pools tried to respond; the midfielder also had another effort from distance which went too high.

Oates got away from his man down the left and drove in to the box with possession but waited too long to get his shot away and that allowed a defender to block it away for a corner.

Pools came out looking more resolute after the break and had plenty of the ball without ever really over-working Walker in the home goal.

The game was effectively over eleven minutes from time when substitute Kadell Daniel found enough space at byline to lift a cross in to the box for former Pools man Ryan Bird to nod his eleventh goal of the season.

Carl Magnay almost pulled one back in spectacular fashion when he sent a powerful left-foot drive towards the top corner but Walker got a fingertip to it to turn it round the post. Donnelly also came close again when he hit the post with a volley.

Pools afternoon got worse on 89 minutes when Deverdics was shown a straight red card for what looked a fairly innocuous collision with Connor Essam on the edge of the box.

The misery was compounded in injury-time when Pools failed to defend a free-kick from the right and Bird was on hand to poke home his second of the afternoon and Dover’s fourth.

Full Time: Dover Athletic 4 Pools 0

Dover Athletic: Walker, Okosieme, Parry, Ilesanmi, Brundle, Essam, Nortey, Jeffrey (Daniel 64), Pinnock, Gallifuoco, Bird.
Subs not used: Richards, Fazakerley, Alabi, Deen-Conteh.

Booked: Okosieme.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Ledger (Adams 77), Laing, Deverdics, Donnelly, Woods, Munns, Cassidy, Oates (Adeloye 61).
Subs not used: Richardson, Hawkins, Rodney.

Booked: Laing.

Sent-Off: Deverdics.

Attendance: 1,083 (119 Poolies)

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Ticket News

Tickets For Dover Available On The Day

6 December 2017

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

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for this Saturday’s game against Dover Athletic on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Crabble Athletic Ground.

There is now segregation planned for the game and there will be signposts for visiting supporters to tell them which turnstiles they need to use for entry.

Adults - £17
Over 60s - £14
Under 18s - £8
Under 11 – Free (with a full-paying adult)

The above prices are for standing in the area for Pools fans on the terrace behind the goal.

There are seated areas running the length of the pitch but entry in to these sections is subject to an extra charge of £1.50 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Click here for ticket information on other upcoming away games.

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