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Preview: Torquay United v Pools

27 October 2017

Torquay United v Hartlepool United Paul Goad (
Torquay United v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' trip to Plainmoor.

Torquay United v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 28th October 2017, 3pm

In Opposition
A slow start to the new campaign prompted Torquay United to become the first club in the top five division to part company with their manager when Kevin Nicholson was sacked on 17th August.

Former Sunderland midfielder Gary Owers was chosen as his replacement, tempted away from his position as boss of Bath City and arriving with Martin Kuhl as his assistant.

Owers quickly set about steadying the ship in Devon and they enjoyed their first win of the season when they thumped Maidenhead United 4-0 in his second home game in charge.

There was further joy for The Gulls in midweek when they snatched their first away triumph of 2017/18, winning 1-0 at Ebbsfleet United, though they remain second bottom in the National League table.

One To Watch
Jamie Reid turned his loan move to Torquay from Exeter City in to a permanent switch earlier this month and is hoping a more advanced role can help him fire The Gulls up the table.

New boss Gary Owers moved him in to a striking role after securing his permanent transfer and the 23-year-old responded by scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at FC Halifax Town last Saturday before netting the winner at Ebbsfleet United in midweek.

Injuries halted Reid’s progress at Exeter but the move to Torquay could be just what he needs to re-ignite his career and Pools will have to work hard to make sure he doesn’t make it three in three at Plainmoor this weekend.

Form Guide

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 79th competitive meeting between the two sides and Torquay have the edge historically having won 29 times in comparison to Pools’ 26 triumphs.

However, in recent years Pools have enjoyed some good form against The Gulls – they’re unbeaten in the last nine encounters and have won six of those games.

Pools have won on two of their last three visits to Plainmoor, the most recent triumph coming in 2006/07 thanks to an early goal from Eifion Williams.

David Rock will be in charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our visit to Torquay United.

Now in his fourth season as a National League referee, Rock has overseen six Torquay games in that times and is yet to see them win.

He’s presided over nine fixtures so far this term, with his most recent appointment coming during Dagenham & Redbridge’s 1-0 win over Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night.

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.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for the game on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Plainmoor on Saturday.

Click here for full ticket information on this fixture.

Match Odds
Torquay 13/8
Pools 6/4
Draw 23/10

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Match Reports

Pools Take The Points At Torquay

28 October 2017

Second half goals from Rhys Oates and Jonathan Franks helped Pools stretch their unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-0 victory over Torquay United at Plainmoor.

Craig Harrison’s side had to recover from a below-par first half but they turned on the style after the break and could even have won by a more handsome scoreline by the end.

Pools struggled to get going in the early stages and it was the hosts who began to enjoy the greater amount of possession and carve out some decent chances.

Ruairi Keating was first to try his luck when he let fly with a low drive from the left corner of the penalty area but Scott Loach got down to his right to gather.

The Gulls had front man had an even better opportunity a few minutes later when a looping cross from the right found Keating alone on the penalty spot but he nodded a header wide of the target.

Loach had some more work to do when Josh McQuiod was allowed to advance towards the edge of the area before hitting a powerful drive which the Pools keeper got across quickly to palm away to safety.

Pools did begin to look more of a threat as the half developed and Liam Donnelly had a shot blocked and Blair Adams made the keeper work with a stinging right-foot shot after a driving run and a neat one-two with Michael Woods.

However, Torquay continued to look the more likely and Pools were thankful there wasn’t anyone to apply a decisive touch when Jamie Reid drove a low ball across the face of the goal.

Reid – who came in to the game high on confidence after scoring in his last two outings – almost found the net when he prodded a shot at goal from the front post after great work down the left from Jennison Myrie-Williams but this time Loach blocked with his feet.

Pools began the second half in better shape and almost snatched the lead when Adams got forward to provide a cross in to the box but Nicky Deverdics flashed a header wide.

However, it was 1-0 to Craig Harrison’s men on 54 minutes when good midfield play from Nicky Featherstone and Luke George saw the ball again played out to the feet of Adams and when he whipped a wicked cross in to the front post Rhys Oates was there to powerfully head home.

It got even better for Pools on 68 minutes when Jonathan Franks wandered in to space twenty-five yards and let fly with a shot which took a nick off the defender on its way in to the top corner of the net to send the travelling fans wild.

Pools were thankful to the reflexes of Loach once again when Reid managed to worm his way in to the penalty area and the keeper had to make a sharp save at his front post to deny the front man.

It could have been 3-0 to Pools when Deverdics’ right-wing corner was met by Donnelly six yards out but his header dropped agonisingly wide of the post as Torquay rocked again at the back.

Torquay began to apply some pressure as time ticked away and substitute Damon Lathrope saw his shot blocked by Deverdics before Josh Gowling headed the resultant corner just wide.

Scott Harrison was introduced up front for the closing stages and he came close to adding a third goal when he nodded a corner just wide as Pools continued to look a threat to the home defence.

Loach had to produce another great save to his left in injury time to preserve the clean sheet and finish-off a productive afternoon in Devon for Pools.

Full Time: Torquay United 0 Pools 2

Torquay United: Dorel, Efete, McGinty, Gowling, Young (Anderson 85), Keating, Evans (Dowling 67), McQuoid, Reid, Higgins (Lathrope 67), Myrie-Williams.
Subs not used: Clarke, Klukowski.

Pools: Loach, Donnelly, Laing, Ledger (Richardson 62), Adams, Featherstone, George, Woods (Munns 89), Deverdics, Oates (Harrison 87), Franks.
Subs: Hawkins, Munns, Simpson.

Booked: Donnelly.

Attendance: 1,987 (159 Poolies)

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Ticket News

Tickets On The Turnstiles At Torquay

25 October 2017

Plainmoor Kieran Mcmanus/REX/Shutterstock
Torquay United play at Plainmoor

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to make the long trip to support Pools at Torquay United on Saturday.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for this Saturday's game at Plainmoor on the turnstiles prior to kick-off on the day of the game.

The Bristol Street Motors Stand has a terraced area for up to 1,250 visiting fans, whilst there is also 300 tickets available in the Bristow’s Bench seated section.


Adults - £19
Over 65s - £15
Students (with NUS Card) - £15
Under 18s - £7
Under 7s – Free (with full-paying adult)

Adults - £15
Over 65s - £12
Students (with NUS Card) £12
Under 18s - £7
Under 7s – Free (with full-paying adult)

Disabled supporters will pay £15 and will be entitled to a free carer’s ticket.

Click here to check out ticket information for other upcoming away games.

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