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Preview: Solihull Moors v Pools

6 October 2017

Solihull Moors v Hartlepool United Paul Goad (
Solihull Moors v Hartlepool United

We look ahead to Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of our first-ever trip to Damson Park.

Solihull Moors v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 7th 2017, 3pm
Damson Park

In Opposition
Richard Money has been appointed as the new boss of Solihull Moors in time to take charge for Pools’ visit to Damson Park this weekend.

The former Walsall, Luton Town and Cambridge United chief comes in to replace Liam McDonald who paid the price for a poor start to the new campaign when he left the Club on Wednesday.

The Moors have won just twice in their 14 games so far and a sequence of five defeats in the last six has left them sitting second-bottom in the National League table.

Injury to summer signing Luke Benbow certainly hasn’t helped the situation; the front man has made only four appearances after scoring 39 times for Stourbridge in the Northern Premier League last term.

However, now they’ve got the experience of Money in place at the helm, Moors fans will be hoping their side can drive forward and try to top last season’s 16th place finish.

One To Watch
Darren Carter’s experience in the engine room is going to be key for Solihull Moors as they look to plot a route away from trouble at the wrong end of the National League table.

The former Sunderland, West Brom and Preston midfielder joined the club during the summer following his release from Forest Green and he’s been a starter in every game so far.

As well as that, Carter has helped himself to four goals in the process including one in their midweek defeat to Ebbsleet United at Damson Park.

Still only 33, Carter’s talent should not be ignored by Pools this weekend and if they can ensure that he doesn’t stamp any authority on the game then it will take them a long way towards three points.

Form Guide
Solihull Moors:

Head To Head
Solihull Moors are another of the sides which Pools have never before played against so this weekend’s game will represent a first.

Matthew Donohue is the latest referee to get a very first Pools game under his belt this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Solihull Moors.

Another in a band of new officials promoted to the National League list this season, Donohue has taken charge of four fixtures so far in 2017/18.

His most recent appointment came a couple of weekends ago when he was on the whistle for Chester’s 2-0 win over Maidenhead United at The Deva Stadium.

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 Damson Park.

Click here for full information for Saturday’s game.

Match Odds
Solihull Moors 5/2
Pools 11/10
Draw 23/10

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Match Reports

Late Franks Goal Seals Win For Pools

7 October 2017

The players celebrate the goal Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
The players celebrate Rhys Oates' goal.

Pools made it two wins in succession with a 2-1 victory over Solihull Moors this afterno

After a quiet first half, Pools got the second half off to the best start with a goal from Rhys Oates. 

Solihull Moors pulled one back from the penalty spot on 85 minutes but Craig Harrison's men weren't done there and a last-minute strike from Jonathan Franks sealed the win. 

Shots on goal were few and far between in a first half that lack real entertainment here at Damson Park.

Wes McDonald had the first chance of the game on nine minutes when he pushed in from the right to take on Scott Loach, but in his attempt to lift the ball over the keeper, McDonald sent his shot wide.

Pools had to be solid at the back and Nicky Deverdics got stuck in to head a cross into the box clear, while Nicky Featherstone got back to clear another.

Darren Carter found himself in space and he tried a shot on the half-volley but watched on as it went over the bar.

Louis Laing cleared well from Courtney Richards, while the defender did well again to block a shot from Afolayan wide.

Pools had their first shot of the game just after the half-hour mark as a Nicky Deverdics freekick made its way to Scott Harrison on the edge of the box. The defender smashed a low effort back at goal but was denied by Nathan Vaughan in the home goal.

Scott Loach was then called into action as the hosts pressed; McDonald got onto the end of a spell of possession to try his luck on goal but the Pools stopper blocked well.

Jonathan Franks sent a corner in from the left that picked out Deverdics on the near side of the box; he tried a flicked effort on goal but it went over the bar.

It was the visitors who had the final of the first-half chances as good work from Afolayan set up George Carline to head on goal but again Loach was equal to it as he pushed it out and the danger was cleared.

After a quiet first-half, Harrison responded by making a double change at the break, with Rhys Oates and Jack Munns coming on and the pair combined almost instantly to give Pools the lead.

Munns did well down the left to get his cross into the box and Oates found himself in the perfect position to put it home to make it 1-0 to Pools on 47 minutes.

As Pools went on to enjoy the better of the early possession, Devante Rodney tried to beat Vaughan with a chipped effort on goal, which was well tipped over by the Solihull keeper.

But there was soon work to be done at the other end and Loach was back in action, this time saving well from a Fiacre Kelleher header.

The Pools stopper was back in action shortly after, this time getting down well to hold a shot from George Carline who had broken into the box from the left.

But just as Pools looked to be dealing well with any threat from Solihull, the match official awarded a penalty kick; Louis Laing challenged sub Richard Brodie just inside the box, with the Solihull man falling to the ground.

The referee was quick to point to the spot and Darren Carter stepped up and sent Loach the wrong way to make it 1-1 from the penalty spot on 85 minutes.

Harrison’s side have shown they don’t give in though and, with five minutes plus stoppage time left – that gave Pools plenty of time to get another goal.

And when Jack Munns sent a deep freekick into the box, it fell to Franks on the right of the goal and he made no mistake as he fired home to make it 2-1 and send the travelling army of 339 Poolies into raptures.

It was another hard-working and determined performance from Pools and another important three points for Harrison's men. 

Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 Pools 2

Attendance: 2685 (339 Pools)

Booked: Magnay (25)

Solihull Moors: Vaughan, Green, Carter, Murombedzi, Afolayan (Brodie 53), Carline, Daly, Kelleher, Campbell, McDonald (Liburd 63), Richards.

Subs Not Used: Bannister, Kettle, Cleary.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison, Deverdics, Featherstone, Hawkins (Munns 46), Woods, Rodney (Adams 76), Thorne (Oates 46), Franks.

Subs Not Used: Richardson, Simpson.

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Ticket News

Ticket Information For Fans Travelling To Solihull

6 October 2017

Damson Park Back Page Images/REX/Shutterstock
Solihull Moors fans watch the action at Damson Park

Pools fans planning to make the trip to follow Craig Harrison’s men in action at Solihull Moors on Saturday (7th October, 3pm Kick Off) will need to purchase their tickets on the day of the game.

There will be plenty of tickets available for Pools supporters, both in the seating and terraced areas of Damson Park.

Supporters will be segregated for the game and Pools fans are asked to only enter via turnstiles marked for away supporters.

Tickets for the game are priced as follows:
Adults - £15
Over 65s - £10
Serving Armed Forces - £10
Students (with valid ID) - £10
Young Adults (16-17) - £10
Under 16s - £10
Under 12s – Free

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters will pay as per their relevant age category and will be given a free carer’s ticket if in receipt of high rate DLA or enhanced rate PIP.

Wheelchair spaces and parking need to be booked in advance by calling the Solihull Moors Ticket Office on 0121 705 6770.


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