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03 October 2017 Venue Victoria Park Attendance

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Preview: Pools v Barrow

3 October 2017

Hartlepool United v Barrow Paul Goad (
Hartlepool United v Barrow

We turn our attentions to this evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of Barrow's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Barrow AFC
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 7.45pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Barrow enjoyed a superb first half to 2016/17 but could not match that consistency in the closing stages and ended up falling just short of a play-off place.

They’re backed by an ambitious Dallas-based businessman who has eyes on taking the club in to the EFL but they’ve made a slower start to the new campaign.

Paul Cox left Holker Street as a result and was replaced by his assistant Micky Moore, initially on a caretaker basis before he was installed permanently two weeks ago.

Barrow have only tasted victory twice this season but they have provided stubborn opposition, particularly at home where they only lost their unbeaten record on Saturday when they were defeated by Maidstone United.

Moore’s methods are starting to take hold and they do have an abundance of talent in the squad so they aren’t to be taken lightly and can be expected to be much higher in the table, especially when their injury list clears.

One To Watch
Former Pools star Dan Jones has found a home at the heart of Barrow’s defence since making the switch to Holker Street during the summer.

Jones made 41 appearances for Pools prior to his release in 2016 and, after an unhappy spell at Grimsby Town, he’s flourishing with the Bluebirds.

He’s started every game so far and he’s also proved a threat in the opposition box to score two goals so Pools will have to marshall him well on his return to The Vic this evening.

Form Guide 
Barrow: WLDDLL

Head To Head
Tonight will be the 86th competitive meeting between the two sides – but the first in over 45 years.

The last time Pools played Barrow it was April 1972 and the Bluebirds ran out 2-0 winners at Holker Street against a Pools line-up which included the likes of Alan Goad, Bill Green, Malcolm Dawes, Willie Waddell and Neil Warnock.

Pools have the edge historically having won 34 times in comparison to Barrow’s 32 victories and you have to go back to 1968 to find their last win at The Vic.

Barrow also have the dubious honour of being the side against whom Pools registered their record league win – a 10-1 win at The Vic in 1959.

Joe Hull will be in charge of this evening’s game as he makes his first-ever visit to Victoria Park in a refereeing capacity.

Another of the new officials to be promoted to the National League list of referees this season, Hull has presided over four fixtures so far.

His most recent appointment was in Wrexham’s 1-1 draw with Guiseley a fortnight ago, while he also refereed Barrow’s 2-1 home win over Boreham Wood at the start of last month during which he sent off Bluebirds midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey.

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 7.35pm to set the scene and then guide you through all the action as it unfolds as Craig Harrison’s men host the Bluebirds.

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

Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office.

Fans will be able to buy tickets prior to 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 tonight’s game.

Match Odds
Pools 21/20
Barrow 11/4
Draw 23/10

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Match Reports

Pools Snatch Victory At The Death

3 October 2017

Michael Woods scores the winner. Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press.
Michael Woods heads home the winner in the 97th minute.

A 97th minute goal from Michael Woods saw Pools take all three points from tonight's match with Barrow at The Vic.

Both sides had their spells of pressure throughout the evening but Pools got the goal that counted right at the end of added time. 

Barrow striker Bedsente Gomis was the first to try a shot on goal as he fired a strike in from the edge of the box that went high over Scott Loach’s goal.

In a slow start to the game, Pools tried to add some early spark with a new routine from a corner kick; Ryan Donaldson sent the ball in low from the left which picked out Nicky Deverdics at the near post. He sent the shot in at the near post but found Joel Dixon in his way as the visiting keeper collected the effort.

Devante Rodney ran onto a ball over the top to feed the ball out to Donaldson on the right but, with Jonathan Franks waiting for the cross in the box, the ball was intercepted and the danger cleared.

Michael Woods had a few efforts on goal in the first half; the midfielder first curled a low shot that went just wide of the near post before flicking a shot over the bar from close range just after.

The two Barrow strikers of Byron Harrison and Jordan White were a handful for the Pools defence who faced a real physical battle each time the ball came towards them.

And Harrison found himself in a good position to shoot as he latched onto a ball over the top but, with just Loach to beat, the front man fired high over the bar.

Carl Magnay latched onto a Rodney layoff in the mid-point of the half but he watched his drive go wide at the far post.

Woods was back in the action again later in the half, this time drilling an effort at goal from outside the area but his strike also went wide.

With Pools probably edging things in the first half, Deverdics tried again with another effort, this time linking up well with Woods before pulling an acrobatic save from Dixon with his shot.

There were few chances in the opening minutes of the second half but it was Barrow who saw more of the ball early on.

Louis Laing got up on the hour mark to put pressure on from a corner and the defender did well to head it back in at the far post but Rodney couldn’t get enough on it to test Dixon.

Woods was involved again just after, this time crossing from the right to try and pick out Rhys Oates at the far post but despite the striker’s best efforts, the ball was just too high.

Pools were upping the pressure though and were on top for a spell, seeing plenty of the ball around the box, without doing too much to really threaten Dixon in the visiting goal.

Barrow were soon enjoying their own spell of possession though and there was some hard work to be done at the other end.

Scott Loach pulled off a good save to deny former Pools man Dan Jones with a testing freekick, while Nicky Featherstone reacted quickest to nod a Liam Hughes effort away from the line from the following corner.

Following a lengthy delay due to an issue with the officials, Pools were back defending their goal and there was yet another good save from Loach to deny a goal, before some frantic defending kept the rebound out.

Byron Harrison then got the ball in a decent position 12 yards out but sent his effort wide before Pools went on the attack and Jonathan Franks saw his shot crash against the base of the post and back out.

And just as it looked as though Pools were going to have to settle for a point, Michael Woods found that killer touch to seal the win; a great delivery from Nicky Deverdics from a corner picked out the hard-working midfielder and he powered a header home to make it 1-0.

Full Time: Pools 1 Barrow 0

Attendance: 3082 (102 Barrow)

Booked: (Rodney 58)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison, Deverdics, Featherstone, Hawkins, Woods, Donaldson (Oates 28), Rodney (Munns 66), Franks.
Subs Not Used: Adams,Thorne, Simpson.

Barrow: Dixon, Barthram, Jones, Dunne, Thompson, Diagne, Harvey, Hughes, Gomis, White, Harrison.
Subs Not Used: Moore, Bauress, Panayiotou, Bignot, Makoma. 

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