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Preview: Ebbsfleet United v Pools

24 November 2017

We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' first-ever visit to Stonebridge Road.

Ebbsfleet United v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 25th November 2017, 3pm
Stonebridge Road

In Opposition
Ebbsfleet United boss Daryl McMahon has demanded a response from his side in the game against Pools this weekend after they suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

It was a pretty bizarre start to the campaign Fleet, who managed to draw nine of their first eleven games, including an incredible run of seven in succession.

They enjoyed a more productive spell through September and in to October when they won four from five in the league to move in to the top half of the table.

However, just one win in the last six has seen them drop down five places though they can move level on points with Pools with a victory at Stonebridge Road this weekend.

One To Watch
Danny Kedwell has already found the net seven times in all competitions this season so will need to be well marshalled by the Pools defence on Saturday.

The forward joined Ebbsfleet United in January 2015 from Gillingham but has spent much of his career providing a goal threat at various non-league clubs.

He’s got a record of about one in three since moving to Stonebridge Road and will hope to move closer to double figures this term at Pools’ expense this weekend.

Form Guide

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the first-ever competitive meeting between Pools and Ebbsfleet United.

Sam Purkiss will take charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s on the whistle for our National League trip to Stonebridge Road.

New to the National League list of referees this season, Purkis has presided over six fixtures so far in 2017/18 with his most recent coming in Aldershot Town’s 2-1 win over AFC Fylde earlier this month.

He’s been busy during his last three outings, showing twelve yellow cards and four red cards in total.

Live Coverage
Pools fans will be able to follow the action with full live commentary on Pools PlayerHD as we link-up with our friends at BBC Tees once again.

Click here for information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets will be available to Pools fans on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Stonebridge Road.

Click here for full information for Saturday’s game.

Match Odds
Ebbsfleet 11/10
Pools 12/5
Draw 9/4

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Match Reports

Pools Beaten On The Road

25 November 2017

Rhys Oates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Rhys Oates in action against Ebbsfleet United

Pools were beaten for just the third time in sixteen league games as Ebbsfleet United recovered from back-to-back defeat to take all three points at Stonebridge Road on Saturday afternoon.

The Fleet were pretty good value for their 3-0 triumph too, producing the more clinical edge in front of goal to inflict Pools’ heaviest reverse of the National League season to date.

Craig Harrison named an unchanged starting eleven and, although it was a slow start to the game with both sides feeling each other out, it was Pools who began to enjoy more possession without really creating anything noteworthy.

The first effort on target came from the hosts when the dangerous Myles Weston cut in from the right wing to get away a left-foot shot but it was tame and straight at Scott Loach.

At the other end, Rhys Oates dropped his shoulder in to a bit of space twenty-five yards out but didn’t connect well with his shot and dragged it well wide.

Loach was called in to action midway through the first half to help a Weston blockbuster from the edge of the box over the bar but it proved only brief respite for Pools who fell behind from the resultant corner.

Weston took it and received it back short on the right before whipping it in to the front post towards Danny Kedwell; the big front man couldn’t get a touch but did do enough to deceive Loach and the ball bounced past the helpless Pools keeper and straight in to the net.

There was a half chance for Jake Cassidy when the ball fell to him just inside the area and he worked it on to his right foot but he was closed down quickly and his shot was blocked by a defender.

But it was the home side who continued to look the more likely to add to the scoring, Jack Connors came forward menacingly from left-back before flashing a drive across goal and wide from the left corner of the box.

Pools began the second half with a greater purpose and almost got back on level terms after passing the ball well on the edge of the area to free Devante Rodney but his shot was held by the keeper Nathan Ashmore down to his right.

Nicky Deverdics swung a dangerous left wing corner in to the area on to the head of Louis Laing but the centre-back’s header scraped the bar on its way over as Pools continued to press.

Kedwell recovered from a nasty blow to the head to double the hosts’ lead midway through the second half when a cross from Sean Shields was nodded home at the far post by Ebbsfleet’s skipper to give Pools a mountain to climb.

Substitute Tomi Adeloye jinked in to a bit of space on the left corner of the penalty area but couldn’t generate the power or direction with his shot which he dragged across goal and wide.

There were strong appeals for a penalty when Oates went down under pressure in the area but the referee wasn’t interested, while Adeloye just couldn’t force a shot on goal after sneaking in at the far post on to Oates’ teasing delivery from the right.

The same combination combined even more dangerously moments later Oates skipped around a challenge on the right before fizzing a cross-shot across goal but it flew just too far in front of Adeloye who couldn’t turn it home.

Pools had to push forward in search of something but were picked off with eight minutes left when Fleet moved the ball inside from the right towards Luke Coulson who swept a classy low finish past Loach from the edge of the area to make it 3-0 and clinch the points.

Full Time: Ebbsfleet United 3 Pools 0

Ebbsfleet United: Ashmore, Connors, Rance (Powell 67), Clark, Drury, Kedwell (McLean 96), Weston, Shields, Magri, Coulson (Cook 90), Bush.
Subs not used: McCoy, Miles.

Booked: Magri, Shields.

Pools: Loach, Donnelly, Laing, Harrison, Deverdics, Featherstone (Munns 65), Woods, Newton, Rodney (Adeloye 53), Cassidy, Oates.
Subs not used: Ledger, Hawkins, George.

Attendance: 1,416.

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Ticket News

Ebbsfleet Tickets Available On The Day

23 November 2017

Stonebridge Road Rex Features
Ebbsfleet United play at Stonebridge Road

Here’s all the ticket information you need if you want to follow Pools at Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets from the cash-only turnstiles in operation prior to kick-off at Stonebridge Road this weekend.

We’ve been given the Swanscombe End Terrace which has the capacity for over 700 travelling supporters.

Adults - £14
Over 60s - £11
Students (with valid ID) – £11
Under 16s - £6
Under 12s – Two Under 12s will be able to gain free access alongside a full-paying adult.

Fans who need disabled tickets can organise these by contacting Ebbsfleet United direct 24 hours in advance of the game on 01474 533 796.

Wheelchair users will pay as per their relevant age category and will receive a free carer’s ticket.

Click here for more ticket information on other upcoming away games.

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