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Preview: Workington v Pools

15 December 2017

Workington v Hartlepool United Paul Goad (
Workington v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the FA Trophy with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's First Round tie at Borough Park

Workington v Hartlepool United
Buildbase FA Trophy
Saturday 16th December 2017, 3pm
Borough Park

In Opposition
A gritty performance at the weekend against Mickleover Sports helped Workington extend their unbeaten run to thirteen games and strengthen their push for promotion from Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Lee Andrews’ men are now fifth in the table but just five points behind leaders Altrincham so will be coming in to the game against Pools in good spirits on Saturday.

The Reds are a couple of divisions below Pools in the pyramid but will hope to spring a surprise when the sides meet in competition action for the first time in over 40 years this weekend.

Form Guide

Head To Head
The sides played a pre-season friendly at Borough Park in July 2011 but there hasn’t been a competitive fixture since February 1977 when the clubs last shared a division.

Pools won that last encounter at The Vic 2-0 thanks to a strike from Barry Endean and an own goal from Workington defender Ian Johnston.

Overall, Pools have a good record against The Reds having won eight of the 14 competitive meetings between the sides and they have lost to them on just two occasions in the past.

The only cup tie between the sides came in the League Cup of 1974/75 when Pools ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Kevin McMahon and Allan Gauden.

Simeon Lucas will take charge of his third Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our FA Trophy trip to Workington.

The official was last in the middle for one of our fixtures when we drew 0-0 at Boreham Wood last month, whilst he also presided over our 2-0 defeat to AFC Fylde at The Vic in August.

His most recent outing came at FC Halifax Town a fortnight ago when he oversaw Barrow’s 1-0 triumph over The Shaymen.

Live Coverage
Pools fans will be able to follow the action with full live commentary on Pools PlayerHD as we link-up with our friends at BBC Tees once again.

Click here for information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

There are no tickets available to Pools fans on the day of the game so if you want to be there you have to buy in advance from The Vic by 4pm on Friday.

Click here for full information for Saturday’s game.

Competition Rules
If the game is all-square at the end of ninety minutes then a replay will be played at Victoria Park on Tuesday 19th December (7.45pm kick-off).

Both managers can name five substitutes and use a maximum of three in the game.

Match Odds
Workington 7/2
Pools 7/10
Draw 11/4

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Match Reports

Pools Make Early FA Trophy Exit

16 December 2017

Workington v Pools Barbara Abbott, Shutter Press
Michael Woods sends a header at goal in the Workington game

Pools conceded a late goal in a scrappy FA Trophy tie at Workington and it proved to be the only goal of the game as Craig Harrison’s side made an early exit from the competition.

Chances were few and far between on a cold afternoon at Borough Park but it was the hosts who found the one breakthrough to take the win.

Workington tested Pools early on in the game, with a very direct approach from the off.

A long ball over the top found Sam Joel running through to shoot low on goal. Scott Loach got a touch to take the sting out of the shot and Liam Donnelly got back to clear the ball from rolling over the line.

Just minutes later and there was another long ball up that caught Pools out; this time it was Scott Allison running in on goal but he sent his chipped effort wide of target.

Once Pools settled more into the game, there were some half-chances at the other end as Michael Woods got on the end of a decent move to volley an effort at goal which went wide of the far post.

The match was quite a scrappy one, with the referee’s whistle interrupting proceedings and the ball spending plenty of time in touch.

Woods was next to have a real chance on goal as he met a cross in from Nicky Deverdics to head in from close range, only to see his shot tipped over by Aaran Taylor in the home goal.

Workington rallied again late in the half and enjoyed a burst of possession, with a Dave Symington effort being deflected out for a corner kick and then Pools made sure to clear the corner just before the break.

Early in the second half, Deverdics got forward to send a teasing cross into the box which was headed over by Jake Cassidy.

Tomi Adeloye won a freekick for his side within ten minutes of the second half, in the perfect position for Nicky Deverdics to step up.

And the midfielder stepped up and smashed a trademark effort over the wall and towards the top corner only to see Taylor get up and palm the effort wide for a corner.

Deverdics delivered the corner in from the right and picked out Liam Donnelly at the far post but his downward header was cleared off the line.

After a brighter start, the game turned scrappy again, with neither side getting into their flow. Pools rarely looked in danger of conceding but struggled to get the ball into box at the other end for much of the 45.

However, the game swung in the 82nd minute with a strong break from the hosts; Scott Allison cut in from the left and sent a low drive across goal and into the bottom left corner of Loach’s goal.

Pools upped their ante after the goal and there were quickfire chances at the other end; first Jonathan Franks fired over the bar and then Woods saw his header go high.

But with less than ten minutes remaining, there was little time for Harrison’s side to find an equaliser.

There was another late blow for Pools as Lewis Hawkins picked up a second yellow card in the 94th minute and was sent off. 

And so Pools made a first-round exit from the FA Trophy on a disappointing afternoon in Cumbria.

Full Time: Workington 1 Pools 0

Booked: Hawkins (60)

Sent Off: Hawkins (90) 

Attendance: 771

Workington: Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Symington (Earl 88), McLuckie, Allison, Joel (Waterston 75), Tinnion.
Subs Not Used: Fowler, Wilson, Whitehead.

Pools: Loach, Donnelly, Laing, Harrison, Adams, Hawkins, Newton (Rodney 65), Woods, Adeloye (Oates 60), Deverdics (Franks 78), Cassidy.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Munns. 

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Ticket News

No Tickets On Sale At Workington

15 December 2017

We have now been told that tickets will NOT be available on the turnstiles for Pools at Workington on Saturday due to police advice.

Workington had told us on Thursday that there would be sales on the turnstiles prior to Saturday’s FA Trophy tie at Borough Park but Cumbrian Police have refused to grant permission.

That means Pools fans who want to be at the game must buy their tickets in advance from the Victoria Park Ticket Office on Friday.

We’ve extended our sales time by an hour from 3pm to 4pm to allow as many fans as possible to get their tickets before they become unavailable.

We are taking telephone orders on 01429 272 584 (Option 2) from fans who can't make it to the Ticket Office and tickets will then be made available for collection at Workington prior to kick-off on Saturday.

Click here for full prices and information on tickets for Saturday’s game.

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