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Preview: Woking v Pools

29 September 2017

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

We look ahead to Saturday with a full and in-depth preview of our visit to Kingfield Stadium.

Woking v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 30th September 2017, 3pm
Kingfield Stadium

In Opposition
Woking boss Anthony Limbrick has had a positive impact at Kingfield Stadium since being appointed to replace Garry Hill at the end of last season.

The Cards just about fought off relegation in 2016/17 but it’s been a summer of change at the club and it seems to be paying off given their encouraging start to the new campaign.

They tasted defeat four times in the opening month but have found a more consistent run of form during September and they come in to Saturday’s game having won five of their last six outings.

That run has been enough to lift them to sixth in the table but, given the tight nature of the division, Pools could move within three points of their hosts with another away win this weekend.

One To Watch
Woking moved quickly to snap up winger Joe Ward upon his release from Brighton & Hove Albion at the end of last term – and it’s looking an inspired piece of business.

The 22-year-old has already helped himself to five goals since joining the club, with three of them coming in back-to-back games at the end of August and in to September.

Whilst Ward is not the only threat in a team which has the best home record in the league so far this season, Pools will go some way to stopping their potency if they can keep him quiet on Saturday.

Form Guide
Woking: WWLWWW
Pools: WWWDWL

Head To Head
This weekend will be the first time ever that Pools and Woking have played against each other in a competitive fixture.

Referee
Richard Hulme will be in charge of his first Pools fixture this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Kingfield Stadium.

The official is another who has been promoted to the National League list of referees for the new campaign and he’s overseen four fixtures so far this term.

His most recent outing was last Saturday when he presided over Ebbsfleet United’s win at Boreham Wood, while he was on the whistle for Woking’s 2-1 victory over Eastleigh in August.

Live Coverage
We’ll be linking-up with our friends at BBC Tees to provide full live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD.

Live commentary will be available in the Match Centre so simply log-in using your Pools PlayerHD details and then click here to go to Woking Match Centre.

Click here to join Pools PlayerHD on a Monthly Pass for just £4.49.

Tickets
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets on the gate prior to kick-off at Woking where there is capacity for 1,200 in the terrace and up to 386 in the seats.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

Match Odds
Woking 19/10
Draw 12/5
Pools 7/5

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Match Reports

Pools Earn Point At Woking

30 September 2017

Ryan Donaldson Woking FC
Ryan Donaldson celebrates his goal at Woking

Pools picked up a useful point on the road at Woking but could have had more after Ryan Donaldson scored his first goal for the Club at the Kingfield Stadium on Saturday.

The winger nodded Pools in front just after the midway point of the first half only for the hosts to snatch a leveller in stoppage time at the end of the opening 45 minutes.

Craig Harrison opted to make one change to his starting line-up, with James Thorne handed his debut after joining the Club on Thursday; Rhys Oates dropped to the bench.

Pools enjoyed a good amount of possession, knocking the ball around confidently and probing to try and find an opening against the Woking backline.

However, the game’s first real chance Regan Charles-Cook slipped through on goal but Scott Loach did well to get down to his low shot and palm it away, with Louis Laing able to complete the clearance.

The referee turned down a couple of soft penalty appeals from Woking as the home side looked to press and Pools cleared forward for Thorne to chase but the forward couldn’t generate enough power on his shot after turning inside.

Donaldson came close to opening the scoring for Pools moments later when Nicky Featherstone’s lobbed through ball set him in on goal but keeper Nathan Baxter was out quickly to smother the winger’s shot.

Pools opened the scoring on 26 minutes when a quick throw-in found Jonathan Franks on the left of the box; he let the ball roll across him and attempted a volley on goal but sliced his effort across the box where Donaldson gleefully nodded home his first goal for the Club.

Featherstone then engineered a chance for himself on the edge of the box, cutting on to his left foot before letting fly with a low shot which was gathered by Baxter.

Loach had to be alert again at the other end seconds later as Woking worked the ball out to the left for Charles-Cook who got his shot away but was denied by the feet of the Pools keeper.

However, Loach could do nothing in first half injury time when Pools couldn’t fully clear a corner and when the ball was lifted back in to the box it fell kindly for Jamie Philpot who rammed it in to the net.

Pools had to contend with a couple of early corners and a series of baffling refereeing decisions at the start of the second half but gradually they started to get some rhythm back and pass the ball around well.

Devante Rodney and Rhys Oates replaced Thorne and Donaldson just after the hour mark and Rodney almost made an instant impact; the front man seized on a short header from the defender, getting there before the keeper and lobbing it over his head only to see it clip the post on its way wide.

The substitute was at it again minutes later when he drove at his man on the right edge of the box but his dangerous cross was cleared away at the front post and Liam Donnelly nodded over from the resultant corner.

Pools were beginning to look the more likely and some good football presented Franks with the ball on the left corner of the area but his powerful strike was well held by Baxter.

Suddenly Woking were afforded an opportunity at the other end as Pools dallied in possession inside their own half; thankfully Chez Isaac’s shot was deflected wide and the corner was cleared.

Minutes later it was Woking’s turn to give up possession cheaply and Franks was given space to let fly from twenty-five yards but his shot took a wicked deflected and dropped just wide of the post.

Loach was forced in to another good save in stoppage time at the end when Bobson Bawling drove to the righty byline before stinging the Pools keeper’s gloves with a rasping drive.

There was more drama to come right at the death when Bawling squared the ball back across the area to Effiong, whose powerful shot cannoned off the cross bar and Pools escaped.

It proved to the final meaningful action in the game as Pools returned home with a share of the spoils in what was Woking’s first draw of the season.

Full Time: Woking 1 Pools 1

Woking: Baxter, Young, Staunton, Wynter, Ralph, Ferdinand, Isaac, Carter (Bawling 73), Charles-Cook, Ward, Philpot (Effiong 65).
Subs not used: Mason, Saraiva, Appau.

Booked: Ralph (69)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Donnelly, Deverdics, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Donaldson (Oates 62), Thorne (Rodney 62), Franks.
Subs not used: Harrison, Adams, Munns.

Booked: Laing (70)

Attendance: 2,479 (238 Poolies)

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Ticket News

Woking Tickets Available On The Day

28 September 2017

Kingfield Stadium Rex Features
Woking play at The Kingfield Stadium

Here’s all the information you need if you want to follow the lads at Woking on Saturday.

Pools fans will be able to pay cash on the turnstiles prior to Saturday’s game against Woking at the Kingfield Stadium.

There is capacity for up to 1,200 visiting fans in Woking’s David Lloyd Terrace, while they can also accommodate 386 fans in the seats in the LGS Stand.

Prices
Adults - £18
Over 65s - £13
Disabled (including carer) - £13
Students (with NUS Card) - £5
Under 16s - £5
Under 5s – Free

Meanwhile, we’ve also updated our Away Tickets section with information on upcoming trips to Solihull Moors and Torquay United – click here now to take a look.

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