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Preview: Morecambe v Pools

3 November 2017

Morecambe v Hartlepool United
Morecambe v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the FA Cup with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's trip to The Globe Arena.

Morecambe v Hartlepool United
Emirates FA Cup First Round
Saturday 4th November 2017, 3pm
The Globe Arena

In Opposition
Morecambe’s 2-0 defeat at Forest Green last weekend saw them drop in to the relegation zone in League Two amidst a run of just one win in their last nine outings.

Jim Bentley’s men clambered clear of danger last term but he will know they need to produce more positive form if they are not to be looking over their shoulders again during 2016/17.

With that in mind, the distraction of the FA Cup will be welcome for the popular Shrimps boss who has now been in charge at The Globe Arena for more than six years.

They’ve won just two of their eight home league fixtures so far this season but Bentley will hope that a strong performance against Pools can be the catalyst for his side’s campaign to take off.

One To Watch
Kevin Ellison may be approaching 39 but his threat remains and his will to win makes him a real danger as Pools head to The Globe Arena this weekend.

The tall and aggressive Scouser has already hit the net four times this season but he plays on the edge, highlighted by his recent red card in Morecambe’s 1-0 defeat to Crawley Town.

Now clear of suspension, the veteran star will be hoping he can find his best form and help The Shrimps progress in the FA Cup and also climb away from trouble at the base of League Two.

Form Guide

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the tenth competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have the edge historically having won six times in comparison to Morecambe’s two victories.

The Shrimps won on penalties in the first-ever meeting in 2007 and also won at The Vic in League Two action in December 2014.

However, Pools have an excellent record at The Globe Arena where they remain undefeated in four visits of which three have ended in victories.

The last encounter between the sides ended in a draw but prior to that Pools had won the last four in succession against the Lancashire outfit.

Tom Nield will take charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our FA Cup tie against Morecambe.

The official has overseen eight fixtures in total so far this term having been on the National League list of referees for the two previous seasons as well.

His most recent outing actually came up in League One when he presided over Walsall’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool at The Banks’s Stadium.

Live Coverage
Mark Simpson will be on air on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm on Saturday as we bring you live commentary of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at The Globe Arena.

Click here for information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets will remain on sale from The Vic until 3pm on Friday, while they will also be available to Pools fans prior to kick-off at The Globe Arena.

Click here for full information for Saturday’s game.

Match Odds
Morecambe 5/4
Pools 2/1
Draw 5/2

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Match Reports

FA Cup Exit For Pools

4 November 2017

Pools were knocked out of the FA Cup this afternoon by Morecambe who won 3-0 in the First Round match at The Globe Arena.

Scott Loach was called into action after just a minute as he pulled off a great save to tip an Adam McGurk volley over the bar.

And that signalled the intent from the hosts as Pools faced a real onslaught from the hosts in the opening twenty minutes.

Loach was back in action just after the goal, getting down bravely at the feet of Steve Old to collect the ball as Morecambe looked for an early lead.

The lead did come and it arrived after just four minutes; with Pools looking unsettled at the back, a ball into the box was fired goalwards by Aaron Wildig. Loach blocked but Kevin Ellison arrived to hit the rebound into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to his side.

Harrison’s side really did struggle to find their feet and did little to trouble Barry Roche in the home goal in the first half.

There were injuries to players on both sides which slowed things down a little but while Pools did slowly start to see more of the ball, there was little to suggest an equaliser.

Morecambe maintained the high intensity that they started the game with, pressing and chasing every ball, leaving Pools with little space or time on the ball.

The best Pools offered in the first half came shortly before the break as both Blair Adams and Jonathan Franks sent in decent crosses from the left but both were cleared by the home defence.

There was a let-off just before the break as Pools switched off at the back, allowing the experienced Ellison to chase forward but just as the striker prepared his shot, Adams got back to block out the danger.

Pools looked brighter instantly after half time with an early cross from Kenton Richardson on the right calling Roche into action for the first time this afternoon.

The second half continued to be more competitive, with a real edge to the game and chances at both ends.

Garry Thompson blazed over high over the bar for the hosts, while Kenton Richardson threw himself at a cross into the box from the left but his header hit the side netting.

Pools were starting to find their stride though and there were more chances to come.

Jonathan Franks got on the end of a Rhys Oates fizzed ball in but Franks’ flicked effort was tipped over the bar by Roche at full-stretch.

But with Pools looking to be upping the pressure at one end, a slip at the other allowed Morecambe in to double their lead.

Sub Vadaine Oliver picked up a loose ball at the back and fed the ball on for Andrew Fleming who pushed into the box and finished coolly past Loach to make it 2-0 on 68 minutes.

The action didn’t finish there though as Scott Loach made a good save to block from Oliver who had shaken off the attentions of Louis Laing to get a low shot in, while Featherstone flashed a ball across the face of goal at the right end for Pools.

But despite the improved second-half display, things just weren’t falling for Pools this afternoon and in the end, it was a comfortable win for Morecambe.

The result was capped off in the 86th minute when sub Adam Campbell smashes a shot at goal that cannons off the post, hits against Scott Loach and rolls into the net to make it 3-0 and seal Morecambe's place in the Second Round of the FA Cup.

Despite the result, the support of the traveling army of Pools fans did not let up and the noise right up to the final whistle was almost entirely made by the visiting supporters who backed their team to the very end.

Full Time: Morecambe 3 Pools 0

Booked: Donnelly (9), Featherstone (79)

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Brough, Kenyon, Old, Thompson (Rose 86), Fleming, Ellison, Wildig (Campbell 70), Muller, McGurk (Oliver 65).
Subs Not Used: Nizic, Conlan. Lavelle, Osborne. 

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Donnelly, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, George (Munns 75), Woods (Rodney 60), Deverdics, Franks, Oates.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Harrison, Newton, Hawkins, Simpson.

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Ticket News

Pools To Be Backed By Big Away Crowd

2 November 2017

Pools fans Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools fans at Morecambe in April 2016

There is set to be a bumper away following at The Globe Arena this weekend as Pools continue their FA Cup campaign against Morecambe.

Pools fans have snapped up 640 tickets for the First Round tie with advance sales continuing from Victoria Park until 3pm on Friday.

Morecambe have sent us an allocation of 600 seating tickets and 1,200 terrace tickets and those that aren’t sold in advance will be available on the day of the game at The Globe Arena.

“Our fans have been fantastic at every game this season but I have been blown away by the away support,” admitted boss Craig Harrison.

“Given the amount of travelling we have to do, the followings we have had all over the country have been incredible and it’s great that more fans can be there to back us on Saturday with Morecambe being a relatively short trip.

“I can tell you it makes a vast difference to the players when they come out and see a large away support so I know they will be doing everything we can to reward them with another strong performance.”

Pools have won on three of their last four visits to The Globe Arena and have always been backed by superb travelling support but Saturday’s total now looks on course to be larger than the 727 who watched the 5-2 triumph there in April 2016.

Click here now for full ticket information regarding Saturday’s game at Morecambe.

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