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Preview: AFC Fylde v Pools

16 March 2018

Mill Farm AFC Fylde
Mill Farm is home to AFC Fylde

We take a closer look at the weekend action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' first-ever visit to Mill Farm.

AFC Fylde v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 17th March 2018, 3pm
Mill Farm

In Opposition
After their 4-1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers on Boxing Day, AFC Fylde were sitting 19th in the National League table and closer to the bottom four than the top seven.

They’ve since put together an impressive run of form which has seen them win nine of their last fourteen games – and in the process they’ve emerged as genuine candidates for promotion.

Having won the National League North title at a canter last term, The Coasters are now looking to move up another level and their impressive Mill Farm home is geared up for EFL football.

Dave Challinor’s side are currently eighth in the table and just two points outside the play-off spots but there is a feeling of optimism around the club, particularly following last weekend’s 7-1 mauling of promotion rivals Aldershot Town.

One To Watch
Danny Rowe is most certainly the main AFC Fylde player that Pools will need to keep tabs on this weekend if they want to come away from Mill Farm with reward.

The front man is the top scorer in the National League having blasted an outstanding 22 goals in 37 league appearances so far this term.

A former Fleetwood Town trainee, Rowe has been prolific since signing for The Coasters in 2014 and he warmed-up for the visit of Pools this weekend by firing a hat-trick in the 7-1 destruction of Aldershot Town last Saturday.

Form Guide

Head To Head
There has only been one previous meeting between the sides and it came at The Vic back in August when AFC Fylde ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Henry Jones and Danny Rowe.

Daniel Middleton will take charge of his second Pools fixture this weekend when he presides over our encounter with AFC Fylde at Mill Farm.

Another official in his first season on the National League list of referees, Middleton’s only other Pools’ appointment came in October when he saw us draw 1-1 with Sutton United at The Vic.

He has so far refereed 15 National League games this season, his most recent was the 1-1 draw between Wrexham and FC Halifax Town in which he showed his first red of the season.

Live Coverage
We’ll be linking-up with our friends at BBC Tees to provide live commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the world.

If you can’t get to Mill Farm on Saturday then make sure you join us for full online coverage to keep right up to date with the action against The Coasters.

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

Pools fans can buy their tickets in advance by going to AFC Fylde’s online ticketing website – click here now.

There will be availability on the day from the Fylde Ticket Office but supporters are encouraged to buy beforehand if possible to avoid the need to queue.

Click here for all details on buying tickets for Saturday’s game.

Match Odds
AFC Fylde 4/7
Pools 19/4
Draw 3/1

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Match Reports

Late Heroics Rescue Point For Pools

17 March 2018

Devante Rodney Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Devante Rodney celebrates his equaliser at AFC Fylde

Two sensational late goals saw Pools claim a point at AFC Fylde on Saturday, coming from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at a bitterly-cold Mill Farm.

The game looked over as the play-off chasing hosts recovered from falling behind to an own goal to lead 3-1 with just two minutes left but screamers from Jake Cassidy and Devante Rodney rescued a dramatic point.

The hosts began on the front foot, with Jack Muldoon looking a particular threat on the right – and his was the first real effort of the afternoon when he found space on the right of the area but his angled drive zipped wide of the far post.

Rhys Oates’ pace got him away down the left as Pools showed their teeth moments later, the front man’s low cross finding Conor Newton arriving at the front post on the slide but he couldn’t prod the ball on target.

Muldoon was creating danger again at the other end when he let fly with a low drive from the edge of the area but Scott Loach got down well to gather.

There was a moment of panic at the back for the home side when Andy Bond’s short back pass was seized upon by Oates but Jay Lynch was off his line quickly and saved the resultant shot.

The National League’s top scorer attempted to add goal number 23 when he powered a long-range free-kick towards the target but Loach kept his eyes on the swerving effort and parried it clear.

Pools were frustrating their hosts and began to look more menacing on the break too; Michael Woods burst clear through the middle to set-up Jake Cassidy but the front man’s first time shot went just too high.

Lewis Hawkins got in the way of a shot at the edge of his own area and the block ricocheted all the way down field to Cassidy who was only denied by some alert keeping from Lynch who burst from his line to block the shot.

There was no chance for Lynch though on 39 minutes when Blair Adams swung a right-footed cross in to the box and Jordan Tunnicliffe’s header looped beyond the keeper to give Pools the lead.

However, the second half was less than a minute old when The Coasters grabbed a leveller; a ball in from the left found Bond and, when his first shot was well blocked by Conor Newton, he made no mistake with the second, ramming the rebound in to the roof of the net for 1-1.

And with only 55 minutes on the clock Bond doubled his tally to give the hosts the lead, this time cutting in from the left before whipping an incredible, wind-assisted shot in to the top corner past a helpless Loach.

The Coasters could have made it 3-1 when a good move down the right saw half time substitute Jonny Smith in space to shoot but his low effort was well held by Loach down to his right.

There was more work for the Pools keeper moments later when Rowe lined-up another long-range free-kick and Loach was able to parry before Smith’s finish from the rebound was ruled out for offside.

However, Fylde didn’t have long to wait to extend their lead when James Hardy arrived at the front post to sweep home Muldoon’s right-wing cross from six yards.

There was a lifeline for Pools on 88 minutes when Cassidy took matters in to his own hands with a thunderous drive which flew past Lynch and in to the top corner of the net for 3-2.

And the unlikely comeback was complete deep in injury time when a period of pressure was cleared only to Devante Rodney on the left who cut inside and unleashed an incredible curling shot in to the top corner to set-off bedlam in the away end.

Full Time: AFC Fylde 3 Pools 3

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Montrose, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, Bond, Hardy (Taylor 89), Rowe, Muldoon, Grand, Tasdemir (Burke 46), Chettle (Smith 46).
Subs not used: Blinkhorn, Jones.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Donnelly, Adams, Featherstone, Newton (Rodney 76), Hawkins, Woods (Munns 61), Cassidy, Oates.
Subs not used: Catterick, Owen, Hawkes.

Booked: Rodney (94)

Attendance: 1,753 (243 Pools)

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Ticket News

Buy AFC Fylde Tickets Online Now

15 March 2018

AFC Fylde

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to follow Pools on the road this weekend.

Pools fans can buy their tickets for our game at AFC Fylde by visiting their online ticketing website – click here now.

While there will also be availability on the day from AFC Fylde’s Ticket Office, Pools supporters are encouraged to buy online as this will help reduce queueing time upon arrival.

Delivery options include postage (£1 First Class), collect on the day and print at home.


Adults - £16
Under 16s - £9

Adults - £13
Under 16s - £5

Disabled fans will pay as per their relevant age category and will be eligible for a free carer’s ticket, though this must be booked in advance by calling Gary Scott at AFC Fylde on 01772 598 855. The ticket will then be available to collect on matchday when proof of DLA will be required.

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