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Preview: Pools v Eastleigh

22 September 2017

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

We turn our attentions to Saturday with a full and in-depth preview of Eastleigh's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Eastleigh
Vanarama National League
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Eastleigh have shown big ambition to join the EFL since emerging from National League South in 2014 and will hope that this is the year they can realise those dreams.

A disjointed 2016/17 campaign saw The Spitfires operate under four different manager – including former Pools boss Ronnie Moore – and a season which started out with such promise culminated in a disappointing 15th-place finish.

The return of former chief Richard Hill to the dugout has sparked new optimism in Hampshire though they have been struggling to turn performances in to victories during recent weeks.

Eastleigh have drawn seven times already this season and suffered further frustration last weekend when they twice led against AFC Fylde only to then have to once again settle for a share of the spoils.

On the flip side, they’ve been beaten only twice this term so far and boast an experienced squad so it would be no surprise to see them emerge as genuine promotion contenders as the season progresses.

One To Watch
Ben Williamson could be handed a starting spot for Eastleigh this weekend after returning from injury – and that should put Pools defenders on red alert at The Vic.

The front man helped himself to a League Cup hat-trick against Pools when playing for Port Vale in 2014 and will no doubt offer a threat again this weekend.

The 28-year-old, who has scored four times so far this season, came off the bench during last Saturday’s draw with AFC Fylde and will now hope to press his claims for a starting spot.

Form Guide
Pools: LWWWDW
Eastleigh: DDDDLW

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

Referee
Marc Edwards has been handed his first Pools assignment this weekend as he takes charge of our meeting with Eastleigh.

The ref has been on the whistle for five games this season having been promoted to the National League list at the start of 2017/18.

Edwards’ most recent appointment came a couple of weeks ago when he was in the middle for Barrow’s goalless draw with Guiseley at Holker Street.

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 11/8
Eastleigh 2/1
Draw 23/10

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Match Reports

Pools Fall To Eastleigh Defeat At The Vic

23 September 2017

Ryan Don Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press.
Ryan Donaldson in action for Pools against Eastleigh.

Pools’ five-game unbeaten run came to an end as Eastleigh ran out 2-1 winners at Victoria Park this afternoon.

Craig Harrison’s side dominated much of the possession but found themselves frustrated against solid and compact opponents.

It was Pools who had the large majority of the ball in the first half, passing it about nicely and putting some decent passages of play together. But when it came to getting into the final third, they found the Eastleigh back line difficult to break through.

With Franks and Donaldson both trying to get crosses into the box, they found only the heads of the imposing visiting defence.

And when Donaldson, who was bright for Pools this afternoon, did break through to get a shot on goal, his effort went high over the bar.

Lewis Hawkins then fed the ball in for Donaldson who was waiting just to the right of the post; he in turn sent a low cross through the centre of goal but it just missed the arriving Oates and went out wide.

Eastleigh had their first and only spell of pressure late in the first half; with a scrappy spell on the edge of the box but their final shot on goal, which was dealt with by Loach, was offside and any danger soon passed.

After dominating the first half, Pools went into the second forty-five needing to find a way to break down a compact Eastleigh side – but things were quite quickly made more difficult for Harrison’s side.

Eastleigh came out quickly after the break and pulled a great save from Scott Loach, with the big keeper getting down really well to send a Gary McSheffrey freekick wide of target.

But Pools were not as fortunate from the resulting corner as the ball in saw a scramble inside the box and, with the hosts failing to clear, Callum Howe forced the ball home to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Rhys Oates went closest for Pools straight after the goal, rising well to meet a Nicky Deverdics cross but his header went wide of the far post.

And it was Eastleigh who were next to find the back of the net with a great strike from Mark Yeates, who fired a powerful half-volley through the area and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

The two substitutes introduced by Harrison in the second half both had good chances to get Pools back into the game; Rodney got through with just Stack to beat but saw his effort blocked by the experienced keeper before Simpson ran into the box and tried to guide his shot past the keeper but sent it just over the bar.

But after a decent spell of pressure from Pools, Eastleigh started to see more of the ball again and Harrison’s side found themselves frustrated and unable to get the ball forward.

There were a couple of half-chances before Pools got one back; Rodney again got through to shoot on goal but the effort was held by Stack, while Jack Munns fired just over with a shot from the edge of the box.

The goal eventually came on 90 minutes as Munns tried his luck again, this time firing a low effort from just inside the area that beat stack to make it 2-1 and set up a more exciting period of four minutes added time.

Rodney had another chance to beat Stack and grab a goal late in added time but again the Eastleigh keeper came out on top as he blocked the shot.  

And it just wasn't to be for Pools who ran out of time to find a second goal and now go into next weekend's match at Woking looking to kick-start another unbeaten run of games. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Eastleigh 2

Booked: Rodney (70)

Attendance: 3374 (68 Eastleigh)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Donnelly, Deverdics, Feathertsone, Hawkins (Rodney 58), Woods, Donaldson (Munns 77), Oates (Simpson 54), Franks.
Subs Not Used: Adams, Richardson.

Eastleigh: Stack, Wood, Constable, Yeates (Matthews 78), Zebroski (McAllister 72), Obileye, Hollands (Strevens 69), Boyce, Cavanagh, Howe, McSheffrey.
Subs Not Used: Reid, Stearn.

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