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Preview: Pools v Woking

16 February 2018

We turn our attentions to the weekend action with a full and in-depth preview of Woking's trip to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 17th February 2018, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Woking have emerged from a tricky run of form to enjoy back-to-back victories over AFC Fylde and Chester on home soil in recent weeks.

The Cards’ last National League win was back in November so those results have given a timely boost to boss Anthony Limbrick ahead of Saturday’s long trip to the North East.

Woking finished 18th last term before turning to former Southampton Academy coach Limbrick during the summer and they enjoyed a fruitful start to the season.

They remain ten points shy of a play-off spot but if they can return to the form they showed during the first half of 2017/18 then they could yet have a say in the promotion shake-up.

One To Watch
Kane Ferdinand is a key part of the Woking engine room and is more than capable of chipping in with goals from midfield to help the team.

The 25-year-old former Southend and Peterborough star has featured in all but two of The Cards’ National League fixtures this season and is a likely starter at The Vic this weekend.

A player with plenty of Football League experience, Pools can’t afford to let him stamp his influence on the game when Anthony Limbrick’s men arrive in the region on Saturday.

Form Guide
Woking: DLLDWW

Head To Head
The 1-1 draw between the sides at Kingfield Stadium back in September is the only other time Pools and Woking have met in competitive action.

Saturday will be the third time this season that Pools have been officiated by Simeon Lucas when he’s on the whistle for Woking’s visit to The Vic.

His last trip to The Vic came back in the opening month of the campaign when he saw us beaten 2-0 by AFC Fylde, while he was also the man in the middle for our goalless draw at Boreham Wood in November.

Lucas is in his first year on the National League list of referees and has overseen 13 league games so far this term, his latest appointing coming in Gateshead’s 0-0 draw with Wrexham just over a fortnight ago.

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 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 made available 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 11/8
Woking 19/10
Draw 12/5

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Match Reports

Pools Back To Winning Ways

17 February 2018

Pools got back to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Woking at Victoria Park this afternoon.

It was just the respite Pools fans needed this week as Craig Harrison’s side put on a strong display to pick up three much-needed points.

After a quiet opening to the game, Scott Loach was the first of the two keepers called into action as he made a smart save to deny Anthony Cook from close range on 13 minutes.

Louis Laing picked out Rhys Oates high up field with a perfectly-weighted ball and the forward pushed on to win his side a corner. Michael Woods sent the resulting corner into the box where Laing popped up again, this time heading high over the bar.

With 19 minutes played, Pools made it 1-0; Devante Rodney picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box, took a lovely double touch and sent a decent strike past Nathan Baxter and into the back of the net.

Scott Loach was solid for Pools at the other end, commanding his area well to get up a take hold of a successive corner kicks through a crowd.

Rodney was involved in Pools next attack, breaking with pace down the left to force his side forward; while his final ball was blocked, the move ended with a shot from Blair Adams which was saved by Baxter at the near post.

Pools got the second goal just after the half hour mark and what a goal it was. Woods sent a corner in from the left which picked out Jake Cassidy in space in the area and the striker turned well before blasting an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net to make it 2-0.

Kane Ferdinand should have pulled one back for the visitors on 43 minutes when he got through on goal but the midfielder fired high over the bar.

And then came Pools’ third of the first half as a ball in from the right picked out Rhys Oates in the box. He showed good strength in the aerial challenge with Baxter and forced his header over the line to make it 3-0.

Scott Loach pulled off another strong save just before the break, going out at full stretch to palm away a freekick as Pools took the three-goal lead into the second half.

There were early chances at both ends after the break, with Grego-Cox heading wide from close range for the visitors and Jake Cassidy seeing a real thunderbolt tipped over the bar by Baxter.

Adams played the ball up for Rodney, setting the forward running into the box but, after forcing his way into a great shooting position, Rodney sent his final effort over the bar.

The game lacked as much bite for much of the second half, with fewer chances at both ends of the pitch but it was Pools who were largely in control.

The visitors grabbed one back on 85 minutes through Reece Grego-Cox and then, inside the five minutes of added time made it 3-2 through Jonathan Edwards. 

The goals made for a more tense finish than the game deserved but Pools earned the win this afternoon, their first in eleven games and Harrison will now be looking for his side to build on this display in Tuesday night’s trip to Halifax Town.

Full Time: Pools 3 Woking 2

Booked: Laing (4), Featherstone (73)

Attendance: 3018 (85 Woking)

Pools: Loach, George (Hawkins 85), Laing, Harrison, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Rodney, Cassidy, Oates (Hawkes 90).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Pritchard, Owen.

Woking: Baxter, Young, Ralph, Staunton, Orlu, Lathrope (Jones 57), Ferdinand (Isaac 73), Carter, Banton (Edwards 66), Cook, Grego-Cox.
Subs Not Used: Saraiva, Appau.

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