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Preview: Pools v Aldershot Town

17 November 2017

Hartlepool United v Aldershot Town Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Hartlepool United v Aldershot Town

We look ahead to this weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Aldershot Town's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Aldershot Town
Vanarama National League
Saturday 18th November 2017, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Aldershot Town have bounced back in solid fashion after finishing 5th in the National League last term only to fall at the play-off semi-final hurdle to Tranmere Rovers.

Gary Waddock’s side are certainly easy on the eye this term too; they’ve scored 31 goals which is more than any other team in the division but they’re also up there with the leakiest defence as well.

The Shots have tasted defeat in three of their last four away games but they have found the net at least once in all but one of their last eleven games so they certainly need to be taken seriously.

They currently sit in the final play-off berth in the table but, such is the tight nature of the division, Pools can leapfrog their visitors with a win at The Vic this weekend.

One To Watch
Experienced front man Scott Rendell is one player Pools will need to keep a close eye on when Aldershot Town visit The Vic this weekend.

He hit the net an impressive 49 times in 83 appearances for Woking before joining The Shots last June and he brings EFL experience with the likes of Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United.

Rendell has scored three goals for Town this term but remains a real threat so Craig Harrison will know he will need monitoring closely on Saturday.

Form Guide
Pools: WDDWLD
Aldershot: WWDLLW

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 57th competitive meeting between the two sides but the first since December 2004 when Pools ran out 5-1 winners in the FA Cup at Victoria Park.

Pools have a good record against The Shots having won on the last four occasions the teams have met and you have to look back to 1989 for Town’s last victory in the fixture – though that was a 6-1 thrashing at the Recreation Ground.

Entertainment is usually guaranteed with the sides producing 22 goals in their last five encounters – there’s also never been a goalless draw between them.

Referee
Matthew Donohue will be on the whistle for this weekend’s game as he takes charge of his second Pools match for the visit of Aldershot Town.

He was last in the middle for a Pools fixture when Craig Harrison’s men won 2-1 in dramatic fashion at Solihull Moors at the start of October.

Still in his first season on the National League list of referees, Donohue has overseen six fixtures this term with his most recent appointment coming at Tranmere Rovers for their 4-2 win over FC Halifax Town last month.

Live Coverage
Pools legend Brian Honour is back behind the mic this weekend when he joins Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live online commentary of the game.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm to set the scene and then guide you through all the action as it unfolds as Craig Harrison’s men welcome Aldershot.

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

Tickets
Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office - and we've slashed prices to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Click here for full details on our brilliant ticket offer.

Fans will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or from our two Matchday Ticket Offices.

There will be no cash turnstiles for Pools fans but we have introduced a method by which supporters can buy tickets on their cards directly at the gate.

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

Match Odds
Pools 9/5
Aldershot 8/5
Draw 21/10

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Match Reports

Shots Take Points From Pools

18 November 2017

A goal in each half from Aldershot Town saw Pools lose out 2-0 on a disappointing afternoon at Victoria Park.

It was a tight first half here at The Vic, with few chances at either end – but it was the visitors who made the move that counted, grabbing a lead in the last of the 45 minutes.

While Pools probably saw more of the ball, they struggled to break into the final third as both sides cancelled out the threat of the other.

Liam Donnelly, back in the side after missing out last week through suspension, put in a couple of strong interceptions to deny the visitors from breaking forward.

Just before the half-hour mark Nicky Deverdics put a ball through for Devante Rodney to chase but Shots keeper Lewis Ward got down quickly to take possession away from the Pools striker.

Scott Loach made a similar save at the other end, getting down bravely to snatch the ball away from the attention of Jim Kellerman who chased back to pressure the keeper, while the Pools number one reacted well shortly after to take the ball away from Shamir Fenelon who chased it down into the box.

Jonathan Franks sent a corner in from the left that picked out Deverdics at the near post but his flicked header went high at the near post.

A long ball upfield by Scott Loach set Devante Rodney up for a cheeky effort on goal; the big striker tracked the ball back into the box before executing an acrobatic overhead kick which sent the ball just over the bar.

With 43 minutes gone, Deverdics put a corner in from the right which picked out Kenton Richardson in the box but his headed effort went wide of the post.

And within a minute, Aldershot Town were ahead; a decent run forward by Kellermann saw him pick out James Rowe who in turn crossed into the box where Bernard Mensah arrived to send a header into the back of the net to give the visitors a late lead in this first half.

Aldershot came out lively in the second half and tested Loach with a decent strike in the first couple of minutes as Adam McDonnell tried his luck from just inside the box. His effort had Loach out at full stretch but went wide of the far post.

Pools were soon in action at the other end though, with good work from Jake Cassidy freeing up Franks to cross into the box where Deverdics fired a shot on goal that went just high of target.

Aldershot Town had the ball in the back of the net on 64 minutes as Will Evans headed home from a freekick but thankfully for Pools, the effort was ruled out for offside.

Harrison’s side suffered the same fate just moments later when Jonathan Franks was ruled offside as he ran through to put the ball past Ward in the visiting goal.

The second half became increasingly frustrating for Pools as the visitors did a good job of spoiling and attacking opportunities for Pools were few and far between.

Kenton Richardson got forward to send a low cross in from the right but the ball was collected comfortably by Ward at the near post.

Pools were seeing more of the ball by this stage but for all of the possession, they just couldn't break the visitors down and each attack was sent back away from the danger area by a red shirt. 

And then the sucker punch came on 86 minutes as Jim Kellermann burst forward and showed a cool head to pick his spot and send the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-0 to Aldershot Town. 

Full Time: Pools 0 Aldershot Town 2

Attendance: 3732 (187 Aldershot Town)

Booked: Deverdics (49), Cassidy (55), Featherstone (79)

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Harrison, Donnelly, Adams (Munns 69), Franks, Featherstone, George (Woods 69), Deverdics, Cassidy, Rodney (Oates 60).
Subs Not Used: Ledger, Newton.

Aldershot Town: Ward, Alexander, Evans, Fenelon (Lyons-Foster 89), Mensah (Rendell 68), Kellermann, Rowe, McDonnell, Fowler, Reynolds, Robert (Gallagher 71).
Subs Not Used: Skinner.

 

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Ticket News

Cut Price Tickets For Saturday

17 November 2017

Victoria Park Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Victoria Park

The Club have introduced a special ticket offer for Saturday’s (18th November) game with Aldershot Town at Victoria Park (3pm Kick Off).

We’ve cut the price of match tickets by up to 50%, meaning supporters can now get in to see Craig Harrison’s men in action against The Shots for just £10 (adults), £5 (concessions) or £1 (Under 16s).

And, in a second layer to the offer, any supporter who takes advantage of the ticket savings for the Aldershot Town match, will also be able to snap up tickets for the fixture with Halifax Town on Tuesday 21st November (7,45pm Kick Off) at the same price*.

With Pools having been backed by some outstanding travelling support in our last three away fixtures, we’re looking to recreate that atmosphere back at Victoria Park.

And so we’ve slashed match ticket prices for the next two fixtures** to encourage as many supporters as possible to come along and get behind the team.

While any supporter wanting to take advantage of both ticket offers must purchase in advance directly from the Club Ticket Office, the cut-price Aldershot Town tickets will be available both in advance and on the day of the game.

Anyone who has already purchased tickets for the Aldershot Town fixture (or both fixtures) will receive a partial refund via the same payment method.

The ticket offer will be available to supporters from 10am on Tuesday 14th November.

*Both sets of tickets must be purchased together up to 4pm on Friday 17th November prior to the game with Aldershot Town.
** Halifax Town tickets cheaper when bought together with Aldershot Town tickets.

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