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Preview: Pools v Wrexham

19 January 2018

Victoria Park Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
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We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Wrexham's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Wrexham
Vanarama National League
Saturday 20th January 2018, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Wrexham roared back to top form in their last outing against struggling Torquay United when they ran out 4-0 winners to move fourth in the National League table.

Dean Keates’ men had drawn three in a row before that triumph but the victory will have restored confidence that they can yet close the seven point gap on leaders Macclesfield Town.

Away from home they’ve often struggled for goals but they have chalked up impressive victories at promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge so far this season.

Now in to the their tenth season in the fifth tier, Wrexham fans are crossing their fingers that former skipper Keates can be the one to lead them back to the promised land of the Football League.

One To Watch
Craig Harrison will know better than most the threat posed by Wrexham’s new signing Scott Quigley, who joined The Dragons on loan from Blackpool earlier this week.

The front man came through the ranks at Harrison’s former club TNS and his form for the Welsh Premier League champions earned him a £35,000 move to England in the summer.

Things haven’t gone as planned at Bloomfield Road but he will be hoping to get back on the goal trail at Wrexham and is in line to make his debut against Pools on Saturday.

Form Guide
Pools: LLLDDL
Wrexham: LLDDDW

Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be the 105th competitive meeting between the two sides but the first at Victoria Park since September 2006.

It’s the first time in over a decade that the clubs have shared a division and The Dragons last visit to The Vic ended in a 3-0 win for Pools thanks to a hat-trick from an in-form Jon Daly.

Wrexham’s last win on Pools’ turf came in bizarre fashion back in 2005 when Juan Ugarte scored five of the visitors goals in a 6-4 win at The Vic.

Earlier this season the sides played out a goalless draw at the Racecourse Ground – the first stalemate between the teams since 1961.

Referee
Matt Donohue will take charge of his third Pools game this afternoon when he’s the man on the whistle for our meeting with Wrexham.

He has overseen our last-gasp triumph at Solihull Moors in October as well as our 2-0 home defeat to Aldershot Town here at The Vic in November.

Donohue is new to the National League list of referees this season and his most recent appointment came in AFC Fylde’s 1-1 draw with Chester earlier this month.

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 home areas at Saturday’s game are completely sold out.

Match Odds
Pools 23/10
Wrexham 5/4
Draw 21/10

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Match Reports

Defeat For Pools At The Vic

20 January 2018

Nicky Deverdics Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press

Pools lost out 2-0 to Wrexham at Victoria Park this afternoon in front of an impressive crowd of 6833 supporters.

The visitors got two second-half goals through Scott Quigley to take all three points from the National League fixture. 

The first half was a familiar story for Pools who dominated possession, while it was Wrexham who looked the more dangerous going forward.

With a large crowd inside The Vic and a lively atmosphere, there was an added bite on the pitch as both teams put in some strong challenges early on.

Scott Loach was called into action after six minutes as Scott Boden got in to shoot on goal but the Pools keeper reacted well to tip it around the post. Boden got up to meet a cross into the area but sent his effort just wide shortly after.

Pools were allowed little time on the ball as Wrexham closed down quickly and Harrison’s side were forced to work hard for every move.

Liam Donnelly, back in the centre of defence this afternoon, showed real bravery to throw himself between two red shirts to force a shot wide as the visitors threatened.

Pools had a couple of half chances late in the first half; Loach set the first one away with a great throw up field to Nicky Deverdics on the right. He in turn spotted Rodney and sent the ball over with a neat ball with the outside of the boot but the Wrexham defender just got in the way to stop the striker getting a shot in.

Deverdics was back on the attack shortly after, crossing in from the right for Rodney at the far post but the big forward just couldn’t get up to meet the ball.

Scott Quigley should have scored for the visitors late in the half when he went through with just Loach to beat but the Welsh side’s new signing scuffed his shot, allowing the Pools keeper to send it wide.

Wrexham came out brightest after the break and Pools had some early defending to do once again. Scott Loach got up well in a crowd to tip an effort out for a corner as the visitors looked to take advantage of their early pressure.

Liam Donnelly went closest for Pools 53 minutes as he picked up a Jake Cassidy knock-down inside the box to send a volley at goal, which had the keeper beat but hit the crossbar and stayed out.

And just two minutes later, the visitors were ahead; Quigley capitalised on a slip from Blair Adams to push on into the area and send a shot across Loach and into the bottom far corner of the net to make it 1-0.

A Deverdics corner from the right was just touched wide by Dunn under pressure from Magnay as Pools looked to hit back and put a strong spell of pressure on the Wrexham box.

And Pools did put a decent period of possession together, looking more dangerous and putting some pressure on the Wrexham penalty area, with the visitors struggling to get out of their own half.

Lewis Hawkins fired a strike in from distance which went just over the bar as Pools enjoyed their best spell of the game.

But with everyone focused on the attack for Pools, Wrexham executed the perfect counter, with Quigley on the end of it to make it 2-0 on 72 minutes.

And so despite a bit more pressure in the second half, Pools were again undone and could not find enough to break through the visiting defence and the game finished in defeat.

Full Time: Pools 0 Wrexham 2

Attendance: 6833 (421 Wrexham)

Booked: Deverdics (6), Hawkins (14)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Donnelly, Laing, Adams, Featherstone (Adeloye 81), Woods, Deverdics, Hawkins, Cassidy, Rodney.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Harrison, Hawkes, Newton.

Wrexham: Dunn, Jennings, M Smith, Pearson, Wedgbury, Quigley (Wright 77), Holroyd, Rutherford, Kelly, Roberts, Boden (Hurst 89).
Subs Not Used: Mackreth, Dibble, L Smith.

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Ticket News

All Home Tickets Sold Out For Saturday

18 January 2018

Pools fans Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools fans at Victoria Park

There are now no tickets remaining in any home areas for Saturday’s game against Wrexham at Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).

The last of the tickets were snapped up overnight and first thing this morning as Pools prepare to play in front of a bumper crowd at The Vic this weekend.

There will be no availability anywhere in the ground for home supporters on the day of the game.

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