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Preview: Pools v Bromley

27 March 2018

Victoria Park Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Victoria Park

We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth preview of Bromley's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Bromley
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 27th March 2018
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Bromley arrive in the North-East buoyed by reaching Wembley for the first time in the club’s history, nudging their way past Gateshead in Saturday’s FA Trophy semi-final second leg.

Neil Smith’s men have games in hand in the league as a result of their FA Trophy run and they’ll be hoping they can utilise them to ensure they match Wembley glory with a charge towards the play-offs.

The Hayes Lane outfit can often prove stubborn opposition, backed up by the fact they have tasted defeat just twice in their last 17 games in all competitions.

Away from home they have been particularly potent with only one team in the top ten able to boast a better scoring record on the road – however, their attacking style has left them open at the back and only one team in the top ten has conceded more on their travels.

Star Man
Louis Dennis has been a reliable source of goals for Bromley this season and is well in to double figures now as The Ravens battle for success on two fronts.

The former Dagenham & Redbridge trainee has been utilised in a Number 10 role for Bromley where he can get on the ball and cause problems, create chances and score goals.

A tricky player with a good turn of pace and a keen eye for goal, Pools will know they have to keep Dennis under wraps at The Vic if they want to build-on their improved recent run of form.

Form Guide
Pools: LLLDDW
Bromley: DDWWLD

Head To Head
August’s 2-0 defeat at Hayes Lane was the first time Pools had ever come up against Bromley in competitive action.

Referee
Marc Edwards will be the man in charge for Bromley’s visit to Victoria Park and it will be the third time the official has seen Pools in action this season.

He was also on the whistle for our 2-1 home defeat to Eastleigh back in September, as well as the 2-0 loss we suffered at FC Halifax Town last month.

Edwards’ most recent outing came at the weekend when he was back at The Shay to oversee Halifax’s 0-0 draw with Solihull Moors.

Live Coverage
Mark Simpson will be live on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm on Tuesday night to provide fans with full live commentary of the action against Bromley.

The live coverage on Pools PlayerHD is accessible by supporters anywhere in the world so if you can’t get along to The Vic make sure you join us tonight and listen-in.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Pools have slashed ticket prices to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions for tonight’s game against Bromley.

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

Match Odds
Pools 17/10
Bromley 6/4
Draw 9/4

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Match Reports

Pools Beat Bromley At The Vic

27 March 2018

Pools v Bromley Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press.
The players congratulate Josh Hawkes on his goal.

Pools made it back-to-back victories for the first time since October with a 2-1 win over Bromley at The Vic this evening.

Goals from Josh Hawkes on his full debut and Michael Woods secured another important victory for Matthew Bates’s side.

Luke Wanadio had an early shot for Bromley, firing in a low effort from just inside the area that went wide of the near post but that was the nearest the visitors got to goal until the stroke of half time.

Pools dominated the majority of the first half, playing some positive, attacking football and keeping the visitors busy at the other end of the pitch.

Blair Adams was in teasing form for Pools down the left, whipping in a succession of dangerous crosses, before going for goal himself with a decent effort that went wide of the near post. Josh

Hawkes, making his full debut this evening, earned himself applause just before the tenth minute as he showed composure to help out at the back.

But just moments later the midfielder earned himself loud cheers from the home fans as he fired Pools ahead with a great shot from distance. While his effort took a deflection on its way in, the young midfielder showed confidence and vision as he put his team 1-0 up on ten minutes.

Adams was responsible for the next real chance on goal as he whipped a dangerous freekick in from the right that was just inches from picking out Rhys Oates arriving in the six yard box – but Bromley keeper David Gregory was just able to snatch the ball away from the striker’s head.

Pools were putting Bromley under some real pressure for a spell, and could well have had another goal with the level of possession in the first half.

Oates turned really well 25 yards out on goal before firing a shot at goal which rose over the bar as Pools looked for that second goal.

Just before half time, Adam Mekki got in to see a deflected effort go just wide of Scott Loach’s left-hand post with the visitor’s best chance so far.

But with the one minute of added time underway, Bromley put a move together and grabbed the equaliser; a corner in from the left was bundled over the line by Josh Rees to make things all square going into the break.

While Bromley started the second half brightly, Pools were soon back on the attack as Jake Cassidy saw his headed effort deflected out for a corner.

A Cassidy cross into the box had Gregory worried but the Bromley stopper recovered in time to collect the ball, while the striker was back causing problems shortly after – this time seeing his effort deflected onto the roof of the net with a shot from the left of the area.

Pools were ahead again just after the hour mark as Adams crossed into the box from the left for Devante Rodney who nodded it down nicely for Michael Woods who made no mistake as he powered home past Gregory and into the centre of the net to make it 2-1.

Devante Rodney fancied seeing his name on the scoresheet again and he sent a decent strike in from distance that went just wide of the target on 75 minutes.

Scott Loach was more involved in the final ten minutes of the game, and the Pools keeper came out quickly to first collect a freekick into the box and then intercept a cross from the left.

Rodney tried his luck in added time, showing power to hold off his man as he turned and tried to chip the keeper, only to see his effort land just the wrong side of the bar.

It was another hard-working display from Bates's side who were worthy winners on an entertaining evening at Victoria Park and another important three points in the bag as Pools look to edge away of the danger zone in the National League. 

Full Time: Pools 2 Bromley 1 

Attendance: 3041 (20 Bromley)

Booked: Newton (45)

Pools: Loach, Hawkins, Laing, Magnay, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Hawkes (Munns 90), Cassidy, Oates (Rodney 46).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Owen, Orrell.

Bromley: Gregory, Rees, Holland, Hanlan, Mekki, Higgs (Sutherland 76), D Johnson, Wanadio (Porter 73), R Johnson, Woolfenden, McLoughlin (Sterling 86).
Subs Not Used: Dunne, Chorley.

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