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Preview: Pools v Sutton United

20 October 2017

Hartlepool United v Sutton United Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Hartlepool United v Sutton United

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Sutton United's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Sutton United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 21st October 2017, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Sutton United have emerged as one of the National League’s contenders for promotion after a strong start to the new campaign.

The U’s currently lie fourth in the table on the back of an impressive opening to 2016/17, which is only their second season back at the top tier of non-league football.

Paul Doswell’s experienced management is reaping rewards in South West London and they are building on last year’s eye-catching FA Cup run with equally strong form in the league this time around.

They have been particularly dangerous on their travels where they have already won at both Tranmere Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge so Pools will have to be on their game this weekend.

One To Watch
Former Pools man Simon Walton signed for Sutton during the summer after spending last season on the books at fellow National League outfit Guiseley.

The midfielder is likely to be in the starting line-up at The Vic this weekend when he will patrol in front of the back four and look to get Sutton moving with his range of passing.

Walton spent two seasons in Pools colours between 2012 and 2014, during which he made 83 appearances and scored four goals – and on his day he can be the difference so will need to be well looked after on Saturday.

Form Guide
Pools: WLDWWW
Sutton: LWDDWW

Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be the first-ever competitive meeting between Pools and Sutton United.

Referee
It will be Daniel Middleton’s first-ever Pools appointment this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for Sutton United’s visit to The Vic.

In his first year on the National League list of referees, Middleton’s last outing was in September when he oversaw Dover Athletic’s 4-0 win over Chester.

Earlier this season he officiated Sutton when they won in impressive fashion at Tranmere Rovers.

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 Eastleigh.

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.

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 19/10
Sutton 7/5
Draw 23/10

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Match Reports

Point For Pools Against Sutton United

21 October 2017

Sutton United grabbed a late goal to take a share of the points from a tight game at Victoria Park.

Rhys Oates put Pools ahead in the first half but Tommy Wright pulled a last-minute goal back for his side in a game that finished 1-1. 

Jonathan Franks had the first chance of the game after just four minutes as he turned into space to fire one in from distance, which went wide of the far post.

Pools were back on the attack just a minute later as Rhys Oates crossed in from the left for Devante Rodney waiting in the middle; the ball was intercepted though by Aswad Thomas whose heavy touch sent the ball towards goal and over the bar.

The visitors had their first real chance just before the tenth minute as Nicky Bailey hit a well-taken freekick which beat the wall and had Scott Loach at full-stretch but went just wide of the post.

Loach was called into action as Sutton pressed in numbers and when the final shot came in from Jamie Collins, the Pools keeper once again pulled off a great block to deny a goal.

Josh Taylor played the ball out wide to Kieran Cadogan as Sutton continued to press; Cadogan skipped past Michael Ledger to push into the box and cross for Ross Lafayette on the far side. His shot at goal though was deflected over by Carl Magnay.

The visitors gave Pools little time on the ball, closing down quickly and leaving no room for error.

Harrison’s side were patient though and soaked up a period of pressure from the visitors before easing their way back into the game.

And, after a few flashes of promise going forward, Pools took the lead on 39 minutes the move started with Deverdics who picked out Rodney. The big striker took the ball into the box before trying his luck with a low effort on goal – his strike was blocked but only as far as Rhys Oates who simply knocked the ball home to make it 1-0.

Pools took their 1-0 lead into the second half, which kicked off with a higher tempo and plenty of hard work from both sides.

Carl Magnay put in a couple of great blocks for Pools in the box early in the half at one end, while at the other Jonathan Franks did well to open things up for his side and fire on goal. The shot was parried by Jamie Butler but Devante Rodney was waiting to pounce from close range, but he just couldn’t get the angle right and the ball hit the side netting.

Goalscorer Rhys Oates put in a great defensive header to clear a Sutton corner as the visitors enjoyed a spell of possession on the hour mark, a spell which also saw Pools twice clear the ball off the line as it cannoned around the box.

Pools had plenty of defending to do in this second half but did so strongly and as a team.

Bailey tried a spectacular effort with a freekick from 30 yards but Loach held the long-range effort and Pools were soon on the attack, with sub Blair Adams causing problems with a succession of crosses from the left.

The latter of his crosses picked out fellow sub Connor Simpson rising highest in the box but the young striker’s header went just wide of the far post.

The final ten minutes were end-to-end with frustrations showing on and off the pitch as both teams battled hard for the next goal. 

Blair Adams blasted one just wide from distance for Pools at one end, while Loach tipped over the bar at the other. 

With five minutes off added time, plus stoppage for an injury to Craig Eastmond, Pools were given a taste of their own medicine as Sutton grabbed a late goal to take a share of the points. 

Tommy Wright smashed home a volleyed effort deep into the added time to make it 1-1 and secure his side a point from what was a closely-fought game. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Sutton United 1

Attendance: 3097 (93 Sutton United)

Booked: Rodney (62), Laing (65), Donnelly (87)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Ledger, Deverdics, Donnelly, Hawkins, Woods (George 89), Franks, Oates (Simpson 77), Rodney (Adams 74).
Subs Not Used: Harrison, Munns.

Sutton United: Butler, Thomas, John, Collins, Davis (Coombes 85), Lafayette (Dundas 70), Cadogan, Eastmond, Bailey, Walton (Wright 51), Taylor.
Subs Not Used: Beckwith, Spence. 

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