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Preview: Pools v Macclesfield Town

1 December 2017

Hartlepool United v Macclesfield Town Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Hartlepool United v Macclesfield Town

We turn our attentions to the weekend action with a full and in-depth preview of Macclesfield Town's visit to The Vic.

Hartlepool United v Macclesfield Town
Vanarama National League
Saturday 2nd December 2017, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Macclesfield Town will arrive at Victoria Park in good spirits, sitting fourth in the table and boasting the best away record of any team in the National League.

Their seven victories on the road has been the platform upon which boss John Askey has built their challenge for promotion and if they can work out a way of matching that form on home soil then they could press home their credentials as potential champions.

The Silkmen haved plied their trade outside the Football League since relegation in 2012 but, after finishing well short of a play-off spot last term, Askey has them right in contention this time around.

Town have a small squad but it’s packed with talent and their results over the course of the season so far has meant that three successive draws has not seen them lose too much ground at the top.

The nature of the table means Pools could move within four points of their visitors with a win this weekend but if things go Town’s way they could be top of the pile again come 5pm.

One To Watch
Scott Wilson has emerged as a key goal-getter for Macclesfield Town this season and is currently their top scorer with seven National League strikes to his name so far.

Signed from Eastleigh during the summer, Wilson has been a reliable scorer at non-league level over the years and ended a run of five games without a goal when he notched in the 2-2 draw with Tranmere last Tuesday.

He was on the bench for last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Maidenhead United but could be pressing his claims for a return to the starting eleven when Town travel to face Pools at The Vic on Saturday.

Form Guide
Pools: WLDLWL
Macclesfield: LLWDDD

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 19th competitive meeting between the two sides and Macclesfield have the edge historically having won seven times in comparison to Pools’ six triumphs.

The Silkmen’s last trip to The Vic came back in February 2007 and proved a fairly dramatic affair as they came from 2-0 down to level things up before a late own goal from David Morley ensured all the points for promotion-bound Pools.

Five of the previous 18 meetings have ended in draws, including when the sides met at Moss Rose in the first week of the current campaign as Jake Cassidy’s first goal for Pools ensured a 1-1 result.

Referee
Thomas Bramall will be back for his second visit to Victoria Park this weekend having previously been on the whistle for our 1-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in September.

The official is in to his second season as a National League referee and has taken charge of eight games so far during 2017/18.

Bramall’s most recent appointment came three weeks ago when he saw Tranmere Rovers defeat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 at Prenton Park.

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
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 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 13/8
Macclesfield 17/10
Draw 11/5

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Match Reports

Pools Undone By Two Late Goals

2 December 2017

Craig Harrison's side conceded two late goals as Macclesfield Town came from behind to take the win at Victoria Park

A first-half Michael Woods goal had given Pools a deserved lead but, after dominating much of the game, things were undone with just five minutes remaining as the visitors first equalised and then grabbed a last-minute winner. 

There was an early warning for Pools in the first minute as Keith Lowe got into the box to fire a shot in from close range, which went just wide of the post.

Pools grew into the game though and were soon on top; persistence from Jack Munns opened things up down the left to set Michael Woods running at goal but his final cross into the box just failed to find a blue shirt.

Conor Newton, who was busy for Pools in the first half, charged down the defender to steal possession and send a cross into the box. The ball was deflected out as far as Rhys Oates but his snap-shot went wide of target.

As Pools continued to press, there was neat play down the right between Munns, Woods and Newton, with a good turn and shot by the latter being saved by Shwan Jalal at the near post.

Woods lifted a ball over the top for Jake Cassidy who fired in a shot from outside the area that went over the bar, before Oates did well to win his side a corner, forcing a touch off the defender after a good ball upfield by Scott Harrison.

The visitors enjoyed a brief spell of pressure mid-way through the half and there was a decent chance for Scott Burgess who saw his shot from distance go just wide of Loach’s far post.

 With Pools back on the attack, Newton had a shot blocked inside the area, while Cassidy watched a glancing header go wide of the post.

The breakthrough finally came for Harrison’s side on 38 minutes and it was more good work from Cassidy who pushed down the right to play it in for Woods. And the midfielder took a touch, picked his spot and sent the ball past Jalal to make it 1-0.

There was a real burst of action following the goal, with a good save from Loach at one end to deny Burgess, while at the other end Cassidy was denied by Jalal.

Pools, who took a deserved lead into the second half, came out after the break looking full of confidence and determination and there were early half chances for Cassidy, Woods and Newton.

Cal Magnay chipped an effort towards goal after another push upfield by Pools but the skipper, back in the side after six-game absence through injury, saw his effort go wide of the far post.

Conor Newton, who was impressive for Pools this afternoon, fired in a shot from distance which was kept out by Jalal as the hosts looked to add to their advantage.

As Pools continued to dominate, there were efforts from Munns, which went wide, and Oates, that was held by Jalal.

There was still work to do at the other end as Newton puts in a great block to deflect a shot out for a corner kick but the visitors were level on 85 minutes; a good cross in from sub Elliott Durrell on the right picked out Ryan Lloyd in the box and he made no mistake with a low finish past Loach.

It was a real blow for Pools who had dominate the large majority of possession this afternoon and had created enough chances to be further ahead in the game.

There were chances at both ends in the closing minutes but it was Macclesfield Town who unbelievably snatched the winning goal. 

A header from Lloyd bounced back off the crossbar but Keith Lowe was allowed the freedom to meet the rebound and put the ball back past Loach to grab a late win for his team. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Macclesfield Town 2

Attendance: 3082 (106 Macclesfield Town)

Booked: Magnay (82), Harrison (90)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Harrison, Laing, Deverdics, Donnelly (Rodney 90), Woods (Hawkins 85), Newton, Munns (Adeloye 90), Cassidy, Oates.
Subs Not Used: Ledger, Adams.

Macclesfield Town: Jalal, Hodgkiss, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Pilkington, Marsh (Kennedy 90), Lloyd, Hancox (Durrell 53), Whitehead, Burgess (Wilson 65), Whitaker.
Subs Not Used: Ramsbottom, Arthur.

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