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Preview: FC Halifax Town v Pools

20 February 2018

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FC Halifax Town play at The Shay

We turn our attentions to Tuesday evening's action with a ful

FC Halifax Town v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7.45pm
The Shay

In Opposition
FC Halifax Town currently occupy 20th spot in the National League but they know that victory over Pools on Tuesday night would see them leapfrog Craig Harrison’s men in the table.

However, they’ve not tasted league victory since before Christmas when they thumped Chester 4-0 and they’ve lost three of their last four outings, including Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Ebbsfleet United.

Billy Heath was replaced in the hotseat at the end of January, with The Shaymen’s Head of Scouting, Neil Young, taking temporary charge of First Team affairs.

Pools will be seeking to complete their first league double of the season after hammering Halifax 4-0 at The Vic in November thanks to goals from Nicky Deverdics, Liam Donnelly, Rhys Oates and Conor Newton.

One To Watch
Having hit double figures this season in a struggling side, Tom Denton is the definite one to watch for The Shaymen in Tuesday night’s game.

The 28-year-old forward was drafted in from North Ferriby in the summer of 2016 and has been a reliable source of goals ever since and is a player Pools will need to keep an eye on.

Form Guide
Halifax: WLLLDL

Head To Head
Pools have a long history against Halifax Town in their previous guise, having come up against Town some 122 times prior to the current campaign.

It’s a fixture which has brought joy for Pools in the most recent meetings – we beat them 4-0 at The Vic earlier this season and also did the double over them the last time we shared a division back in 2001/02.

Indeed Pools are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with The Shaymen, going back to their 2-0 win at The Vic in August 1999.

Marc Edwards will take charge of his second-ever Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our encounter with FC Halifax Town.

Another official who is in his first season on the National League list of referees, Edwards oversaw our 2-1 defeat to Eastleigh at The Vic back in September.

He’s taken charge of thirteen games so far this term and his more recent outing came at the weekend when he presided over Maidenhead United’s 3-1 win at Guiseley.

Live Coverage
We’ll be linking-up with our friends at BBC Tees to ensure that Pools PlayerHD subscribers can access full live commentary of Tuesday’s game from The Shay.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD on a Monthly Pass for just £4.49.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets on the cash-only turnstiles at The Shay prior to kick-off on Tuesday evening. Visiting supporters are in an all-seated area of the stadium.

Click here for all the ticket information you need for this fixture.

Match Odds
Halifax 11/10
Pools 5/2
Draw 12/5

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Match Reports

Defeat For Pools At Halifax Town

20 February 2018

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Louis Laing challenges for the ball against FC Halifax Town

Pools fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at FC Halifax Town this evening.

The game was a tight affair for the most part but once the hosts broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, they grabbed a quick second and the game was put beyond Craig Harrison's men. 

Jake Hibbs got forward inside the first minute to flash a pacy ball across the face of goal from the right, but his pass went untested.

Michael Woods was next to test his range, firing in low from the edge of the area which went just wide of the near post.

As the hosts went on to enjoy a spell of possession, Ben Tomlinson fired a shot wide from distance. And, while Halifax held on to the ball and passed it around well for a spell, they failed to make any real ground on goal and Scott Loach was not tested.

Cliff Moyo made it through to the edge of the box to try his luck with a shoot on goal but his effort took a deflection and looped up into the air before falling nicely for Loach to collect.

Pools went closest to opening the scoring when a Scott Harrison long-throw caused problems in the box; Rhys Oates flicked it on at the near post but Scott McManus headed it over off the line under pressure from Devante Rodney.

There was another shot from distance for the hosts, this time from Kosylo, but again the effort went wide of the post.

Michael Woods fed the ball through for Rodney who pressed down on goal in a race with Moyo but with the goal in his sights, the Town defender got a foot in at the last minute to put it out for a corner.

Blair Adams was involved in the last action of the first half as he got in down the left but his cross into the box was held by Sam Johnson in the home goal.

The visitors broke forward early in the second half through the busy Moyo and he crossed in for Kosylo who had his shot from close range blocked by Laing who booted it over the bar.

Laing was involved at the other end just after, meeting an Adams corner in from the left but his header went high over the bar.

The hosts had a couple of half-chances created through Tomlinson and Kosylo but they came to nothing and it was Pools who started to look most dangerous going forward.

Pools won a freekick in the right channel when Devante Rodney was fouled, Adams sent the kick up into the box where Jake Cassidy sent a header at goal which went just inches wide of the post.

Halifax caused a problem for Pools with a corner in from the left and, after bobbling around the area, the ball was sent wide with an acrobatic effort from Shaun Tuton.

Moyo got up to put a ball into the box again just after that effort but this time Hibbs hit his shot into the arms of Loach.

And the hosts broke the deadlock on 75 minutes through Nathan Hotte; the Town man sent a shot in from the edge of the box which took a deflection to take it past Loach and into net to make it 1-0.

And just two minutes later, it was 2-0 to Halifax Town; an attempted clearance from Carl Magnay was intercepted by a Town man. And, while the initial effort was blocked by Loach, it was Ben Tomlinson who reacted quickest to the loose ball as he sent it back past the keeper to score.

Rhys Oates got into the box where he sent a headed effort over the bar on 84 minutes as Pools looked for a late path back into the game.

But time ran out for Harrison's side and the game finished in a disappointing defeat that saw Halifax leapfrog Pools in that National League table.

Full Time: FC Halifax Town 2 Pools 0 

Attendance: 1584 (261 Pools)

Booked: Harrison (28), Magnay (37), Woods (45).

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Moyo, McManus, Brown, Garner, Collins, Hotte, Kosylo, Tuton (Fondop-Talom 80), Tomlinson, Hibbs (Oliver 90).

Subs Not Used: Duckworth, Riley, Nicholson.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Harrison, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Rodney, Cassidy, Oates.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Hawkins, George, Hawkes, Pritchard. 

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Ticket News

Buy Tickets On The Gate At Halifax

19 February 2018

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The Shay is home to FC Halifax Town

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to follow the lads in action at The Shay.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets on cash turnstiles prior to kick-off in our game at FC Halifax Town on Tuesday 20th February (7.45pm kick-off).

Visiting supporters will be in an all-seated area of the stadium.

Adults - £18
Over 65s - £15
Students - £15
Under 16s - £5
Under 7s - £3

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters will be granted free access and any required carers will pay as per their relevant age category. Wheelchair users can enter the stadium via Main Reception.

Fans are advised to take relevant identification if they want to buy concession tickets.

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