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Preview: Aldershot Town v Pools

6 March 2018

The Ebb Stadium Rex Features
Aldershot Town play at The Ebb Stadium

We look ahead to Tuesday night's National League action as Pools make the long trip to The Ebb Stadium.

Aldershot Town v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 6th March 2018, 7.45pm
The EBB Stadium

In Opposition
Aldershot Town have driven themselves in to contention for at least a play-off spot with a run of just one defeat in their last 11 National League outings lifting them to fourth in the table.

Gary Waddock’s men put together a similarly impressive sequence of results towards the end of last term when they squeezed in to the top five only to be beaten by Tranmere Rovers in the play-off semi-finals.

Whereas last season’s success was built upon solid foundations and an excellent defensive record, The Shots have added more firepower this time around and are among the top scorers in the division.

The experience of Waddock in the dugout has obviously been a key factor; the former Queens Park Rangers and Wycombe Wanderers boss returned for a second spell in charge of The Shots in May 2016 after leading them to the Conference North title in a previous stint between 2007 and 2009.

One To Watch
Shamir Fenelon has returned to the Town line-up in recent weeks after an injury concern and got back among the goals when he netted in their 2-2 draw at Wrexham last Saturday.

The 23-year-old former Brighton & Hove Albion trainee hit the ground running with goals in each of the first three games of the season and has gone on to hit double figures for the first time in his career.

Continuing to provide chances to the talented front man will be a priority in the closing stages of the campaign and Pools will need to make sure that supply line is cut off on Tuesday evening.

Form Guide
Aldershot: DWWLDD
Pools:
LDLWLL

Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the 58th competitive meeting between the two sides but the first played in Aldershot for almost 27 years.

The Shots’ 2-0 win at The Vic in November was the first encounter between the clubs in the league since the 1990/91 campaign though Pools did beat them 5-1 at home in the FA Cup in 2004/05 thanks to goals from Chris Westwood (2), Adam Boyd (2) and Mark Tinkler.

Last time the sides shared a division Pools did the double over Aldershot, Joe Allon scoring in a 1-0 win at The Vic in October 1990 before running out 5-1 victors in the return fixture the following March thanks to a hat-trick from Paul Dalton and goals from Allon and John Tinkler.

Referee
Christopher Pollard will take charge of his first-ever Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Aldershot Town.

In his first season on the National League list of referees, Pollard has presided over seven league games so far during the 2017/18 campaign.

His most recent league appointment came back in October when he took charge of Macclesfield Town’s 1-0 win at Leyton Orient.

Live Coverage
We’ll be linking-up with our friends at BBC Tees to provide live commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the planet so if you can’t get to the game you can stay in touch with the action.

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

Tickets
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets directly from Turnstile 4 at The Ebb Stadium prior to kick-off on Tuesday evening.

Click here for full information on buying tickets for the game.

Match Odds
Aldershot 8/13
Pools 9/2
Draw 29/10

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Match Reports

Adams Stunner Not Enough For Pools At Aldershot

6 March 2018

Aldershot Town v Pools Ian Morsman (Aldershot Town)
The Pools players celebrate Blair Adams' goal at Aldershot Town

Pools were beaten on the road at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night despite registering an improved performance at The EBB Stadium.

Pools were beaten on the road at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night despite registering an improved performance at The EBB Stadium.

Matthew Bates’ men battled away against promotion-chasing Town and looked on course to claim a point when Blair Adams’ stunning goal on the stroke of half time cancelled out Scott Rendell’s opener.

However, the game turned on a moment of controversy on the hour when Pools were denied what looked a blatant penalty and the minutes later fell behind to what proved to be the winner from Manny Oyeleke.

Bates opted to move Luke George back to right-back, with Liam Donnelly returning from injury to partner Scott Harrison at centre-back and Carl Magnay skippering the side from left-back. Conor Newton and Lewis Hawkins both returned to form either side of a diamond in midfield behind a front two of Jake Cassidy and Rhys Oates.

It was a scrappy opening under the lights as Aldershot enjoyed most of the possession but struggled to find a way through the reshuffled Pools defence.

Josh McQuoid tried his luck from distance after turning neatly in to space but shot over, while Magnay returned the favour by firing in to the crowd at the other end as both sides felt each other out.

On 13 minutes a goal arrived out of nothing for the hosts. Shamir Fenelon wandered in to space on the right of the area and delivered a low ball across goal which Scott Rendell stretched to get on the end of and prod beyond Scott Loach at the far post to make it 1-0.

Pools suffered another blow on 25 minutes when Luke George was forced to hobble off through injury; Blair Adams was introduced as his replacement.

Town continued to look the more likely and Rendell’s chest down in the area found Fenelon ten yards out but he drilled a low effort wide under pressure.

As the half drew to a conclusion Pools began to show their teeth. Rhys Oates did brilliantly to win possession on the left before coming inside to feed Conor Newton but the midfielder sliced his shot across goal and the home side were able to clear.

Oates got on the ball on the left flank again two minutes before the break and this time went for goal himself after cutting inside but his shot flew too high as he came under pressure from a defender.

However, right on the stroke of half-time Pools did find a leveller – and what a strike it was. Adams drove forward towards the edge of the area and, as the Shots defence backed off, the full-back unleashed a wonderful curling effort with his right foot which flew in to the net via the inside of the right post. It was quite a way for Adams to score his first goal for the Club.

There was a massive shout for a penalty from Pools eleven minutes in to the second half when Oates galloped down the right and crossed to the far post where Newton’s goalbound volley seemed to be blocked on the line by Will Evans’ hand. The referee waved away furious protests from the Pools players as the hosts smashed the ball clear on the rebound.

Salt could have been rubbed in Pools’ wounds almost immediately when Fenelon twisted in to space on the right of the area but he rushed his shot and it was well over the bar.

And right on the hour mark it was 2-1 to the hosts. Rendell teed up Manny Oyeleke on the edge of the box and his low strike found its way past Loach and in to the net via the inside of the left-hand post.

Oates did well to turn smartly on the left corner of the penalty area but his shot was held by keeper Jake Cole, while at the other end Loach got down to smother McQuoid’s long-range drive.

Michael Woods was next to try his luck but he got under a half-volley from the edge of the box as Town had half-cleared Oates’ cross from the right and the effort flew way too high.

The hosts began knocking the ball around with increased confidence and a wonderful switch of play set Taylor away down the left but when he cut inside he fired a low shot wide of the near post.

Pools continued to battle for everything and could have snatched something when Woods’ free-kick from the right flew through the area but nobody got a decisive touch and the danger passed.

Full Time: Aldershot Town 2 Pools 1

Aldershot Town: Cole, Alexander, Evans, Fenelon (Taylor 58), Oyeleke, Rendell, McQuoid (McClure 74), Rowe, McDonnell (Reynolds 86), Kinsella, Fowler.
Subs not used: Kabamba, Gallagher.

Pools: Loach, George (Adams 25), Donnelly, Harrison, Magnay, Featherstone, Hawkins, Newton (Rodney 70), Woods, Cassidy, Oates.
Subs not used: Catterick, Laing, Hawkes.

Booked: Magnay (80)

Attendance: 1,665 (65 Poolies)

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Ticket News

Aldershot Tickets Available On Turnstiles

5 March 2018

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Aldershot Town play at The Recreation Ground

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to follow the lads at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets from the cash-only turnstiles prior to kick-off on the evening of the game at The EBB Stadium.

The game is now unsegregated, meaning visiting supporters can gain access via Turnstile 4 at the front of the stadium.

Prices

Adults - £19
Over 65s - £15
Students (16 - 21) - £15
Military Personnel - £15
11-15 - £7
Under 11s – Free with a full-paying adult (maximum 2 per adult)

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay £13 and will be eligible for a free carer.

Wheelchair users are advised to book their place in advance by calling Aldershot’s Ticket Office on 01252 320 211 due to limited availability.

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