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Preview: Chester v Pools

23 January 2018

We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' visit to The Deva Stadium.

Chester v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The Deva Stadium

In Opposition
Chester’s disappointing home defeat to Gateshead at the weekend saw them remain inside the bottom four of the National League table.

Marcus Bignot is keen to strengthen his squad in the coming weeks if finances allow in a bid to improve the form which has seen them win just two of their last fourteen league games.

The Chester chief has admitted his side face “16 cup finals” in their bid to escape the relegation zone and could opt to make changes for Pools’ visit to The Deva Stadium tonight.

Star Man
Chester fans will be hoping top scorer Ross Hannah can shake off the injury which kept him sidelined for the weekend’s defeat to Gateshead.

The front man has hit the net six times so far this season, including their last league goal in the 1-0 win over Solihull Moors three weeks ago.

If he proves his fitness in time for Saturday then Pools will need to keep a close eye on the 31-year-old who has scored goals wherever he’s gone during his career.

Form Guide
Chester: LDWDLL

Head To Head
Having reformed in 2010 this weekend’s game is technically only the second between the two clubs following the 1-1 draw at Victoria Park in August.

However, there had been 101 previous meetings between Pools and Chester City, with the Blues enjoying 44 victories in comparison to Pools’ 34.

There hasn’t been a home victory in this fixture in the last six encounters – the last arriving in December 1998 when Stuart Brightwell’s ‘golden goal’ saw Pools through 2-1 in the FL Trophy.

Our most recent visit to the Deva Stadium saw us beaten 2-1 in October 2006 on a night when Jon Daly saw red for an alleged elbow on City defender Dave Artell – it was later rescinded on appeal.

Joe Hull will take charge of his second Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for today’s game against Wrexham.

In his first season on the National League list of referees, Hull last oversaw a Pools game at the start of September when Michael Woods scored a dramatic late winner against Barrow here at The Vic.

His most recent appointment came at AFC Fylde last weekend when he presided over their 2-1 National League win against Guiseley.

Live Coverage
Former Pools star Billy Paynter will be alongside Mark Simpson to provide live commentary of Tuesday’s game against Chester on Pools PlayerHD.

So if you can’t make it to the Deva Stadium then make sure you log-on to hear Paynter’s thoughts on the action as it progresses on Tuesday.

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 the Deva Stadium on Tuesday.

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

Match Odds
Chester 6/4
Pools 9/5
Draw 23/10

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Match Reports

Pools Pick Up Point At Chester

23 January 2018

Michael Woods Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Michael Woods scored for Pools at Chester.

Michael Woods scored for Pools as they picked up a point from this evening's match at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Woods opened the scoring for Pools just after an hour had been played but Chester equalised on 77 minutes and the game 

Pools had a strong start to the game and played the better of the football in the first half, but it was the hosts who went closest to opening the scoring.

Lewis Hakwins had the first half-chance of the game when he latched onto a cross from Carl Magnay to flick an effort at goal but the effort was held by Sam Hornby in the Chester goal.

Craig Mahon had the first chance for the hosts on 15 minutes when he tried a shot from distance but it curled wide of Scott Loach’s right-hand post.

Louis Laing came to the rescue for Pools as he lunged to get a toe in on Harry White who was preparing a shot on goal.

Pools played some good football in the first half and there was a chance to take the lead mid-way through the half when Nicky Deverdics and Featherstone combined to play the ball through for Jake Cassidy to run in but he was denied by the defender who intercepted to put it out for a corner.

Ryan Astles should have given his side the lead when he arrived unmarked to meet a cross into the box but sent his header wide, while Devante Rodney caused problems at the other end.

The big striker unleashed a real rocket shot on goal from distance which forced Hornby into a save at full-stretch.

Scott Loach made a succession of great saves for Pools to keep it level going into the break; the Pools stopper tipped one over the bar, blocked another with his feet from James Jones and then pulled off a great save to deny Kingsley James.

The second half continued in a similar style, with Pools playing the better of football and Chester the more direct.

Devante Rodney did well to steal possession and force his way into the box but with the defender between him and goal, James Jones put in a great tackle to clear the danger.

Pools had a good spell mid-way through the half and pressed the hosts back, winning a string of corners and forcing the home defenders into action.

And this time the possession paid off for Pools, with the opening goal arriving on 62 minutes; great determination from Jake Cassidy in the box opened things up and when the ball found its way to Woods, he was able to simply tap home to make it 1-0.

Chester went close to drawing level shortly after with a break upfield – it was James who had the effort with a header on goal but he flashed it just wide on 66 minutes.

Lewis Hawkins had another effort for Pools, sending a shot in from distance that was saved by the Chester keeper and it was then Chester who got the next goal.

Harry White forced his was past two challenges to get into the box and send a strike past Loach to make it 1-1 on 77 minutes.  

Tomi Adeloye replaced Rodney just after 80 minutes and created a great chance for himself to re-take the lead for Pools; the striker showed good pace to burst into the box, rounded the keeper but was forced too wide by the defender to get a final shot in.

Jake Cassidy had another shot as Pools kept looking for that second goal but, after good work by the striker, his shot was held by the keeper.

Pools finished the game the stronger but could not find the next goal and the game finished all square. 

Full Time: Chester 1 Pools 1

Booked: Laing

Attendance: 1421

Chester: Hornby, Halls, Rowe-Turner, James, Astles, Mahon, White, Dawson (Archer 66), Jones, Akintunde, Crawford.
Subs Not Used: Lynch, McCombe, Joyce, Brown. 

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Donnelly, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Deverdics, Cassidy, Rodney (Adeloye 82).
Subs Not Used: Harrison, Hawkes, Newton, Munns.

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Ticket News

Chester Tickets Available On The Day

22 January 2018

The Deva Stadium Getty Images
The Deva Stadium is home to Chester

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

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for our game at The Swansway Chester Stadium ahead of kick-off on the turnstiles on Tuesday night.

Visiting supporters are located in the West Stand (seating) and entry is via turnstile 7 (West Stand) or turnstiles 8 & 9 (South Stand) which are all cash-only.

Adults - £18
Seniors - £12
Students* - £12
Unemployed* - £12
Armed Forces* - £12
Under 21s - £10
16-17s - £5
5-15s - £3
Under 5s – Free

Disabled supporters will be charged as per the relevant age category and a free carer will be granted if required – these must be purchased from Chester’s Ticket Office.

Wheelchair supporters will be located in the West Stand and the entrance is next to turnstile 7.

*Relevant identification is required and these tickets must be purchased from the Chester Ticket Office.

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