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Preview: Wrexham v Pools

12 September 2017

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

We look ahead to Tuesday evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of our trip to the Racecourse Ground.

Wrexham v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 12th September 2017, 7.45pm
Racecourse Ground

In Opposition
It’s approaching ten years since Wrexham were relegated from the Football League but many fans are tipping this term to be the one that finally sees them earn back their place.

The North Wales outfit were entrenched in mid-table last season but boss Dean Keates has recruited impressively during the summer and they have made an encouraging start to 2017/18.

Three wins in a row as August turned in to September have helped take The Dragons towards the top of the table and they’ve not so much as conceded a goal in their last four outings.

They’ve started well in recent seasons before letting things slip but there is a greater confidence that they can maintain their form and challenge for at least a top seven finish this time around.

One To Watch
Dean Keates moved to strengthen his attacking options in the middle of last month when he drafted in Fleetwood Town forward Alex Reid on loan – and it’s looking a shrewd move.

The 22-year-old scored on his debut and has added two more since, only finishing on the losing side once in six outings for Wrexham so far.

His partnership with Ntumba Massanka is showing signs of promise so if Pools can keep the pair of them off the scoresheet on Tuesday then they’ll have gone a long way to getting a result in North Wales.

Form Guide
Wrexham: WLWWWD
Pools: DLLWWW

Head To Head
Tuesday evening’s game will be 104th competitive meeting between Pools and Wrexham but the first to take place since back in 2007.

It’s the first time the clubs have shared a division since 2006/07; Jon Daly scored all the goals in a 3-0 win at The Vic in September 2006 before Pools claimed a point from a 1-1 draw at the Racecourse four months later.

It’s usually a fixture which provides high levels of entertainment, indeed there hasn’t been a goalless draw between the sides since 1961 and the teams shared an incredible 16 goals over two games in 2004/05. 5-1 at Wrexham and 4-6 at Pools – remember Juan Ugarte?

Referee
Joseph Johnson will take charge of his first-ever Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our encounter with Wrexham.

The official is in to his third season on the National League’s list of referees though he’s taken charge of only one game so far this term – AFC Fylde’s home win over Barrow on Bank Holiday Monday.

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

Live commentary will be available in the Match Centre so simply log-in using your Pools PlayerHD details, return to the homepage of the Official Website and then click on 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 Wrexham – simply enter the BKoncepts Stand via turnstiles 1-4 on Tuesday evening.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

Match Odds
Wrexham 5/4
Pools 21/10
Draw 21/10

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Match Reports

Pools Battle For Point At Wrexham

12 September 2017

Rhys Oates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Rhys Oates in action against Wrexham

Pools stretched their unbeaten run to with a hard-earned point at Wrexham this evening.

With the game played out in swirling wind and rain, conditions were tough but Craig Harrison's side put in another battling display to earn a point at the Racecourse Ground. 

Wrexham got the first shot of the game in after seven minutes as Akil Wright sent an effort towards Scott Loach from the edge of the area, which took a big deflection that took it out for  a corner.

At the opposite end, Nicky Deverdics sent a well-delivered freekick into the box that picked out Rhys Oates but the striker saw his header go over the nar.

After a scrappy start to the game, Pools enjoyed a spell of pressure mid-way through the half, with Oates and Jonathan Franks both causing the hosts problems.

Deverdics sent a corner in from the right which again found Oates highest in the box but his downward header bounced up and over the bar.

Harrison’s side switched the ball about, with some lovely diagonal balls to keep Wrexham on their toes but for all of the possession, Pools did little to test Callum Preston in the home goal.

The back line for Pools looked solid once again, with Watson and Ledger getting up to clear a number of crosses into the box.

Scott Loach was called upon late in the half, as he made a comfortable save from a Shaun Pearson header following a corner kick.

The teams went in at 0-0 at half time and, while the first forty-five minutes hadn’t been a classic, it was a battling display from Pools in some tough conditions.

Pools started the second half the better and left Wrexham frustrated in their attempts to clear the ball from their own half.

When the hosts did break upfield, they forced a corner and that  signalled a spell of pressure of their own, with Pools defending in numbers to prevent the shot coming in.

Devante Rodney went on a powerful run down the right to send a low ball across the face of goal which was met by Franks running in from the left. His shot beat the keeper but crashed against the bar as Pools went closest to opening the scoring just before the hour mark.

A Carl Magnay low drive into the box caused confusion for the hosts, and when the ball eventually found Rodney, he had only the keeper to beat but Preston pulled off a decent save to deny the striker a goal.

Wrexham then went straight up the other end of the field for their best chance of the game, with Alex Reid pushing into the box to fire a shot at goal, which Scott Loach got down to help around the post.

Rodney got space again down the right for Pools and again got his cross in, but this time his ball fizzed across the box unchallenged.

Pools put in another determined display at the back, and Keith Watson and Michael Ledger both put in crucial blocks to keep Wrexham out as the hosts took their turn to look for a way to break the deadlock.

Louis Laing came on for Rhys Oates for the final five minutes and added his height to the attack as the visitors went for the win. 

In the end though, it was a point for each team - a result that saw Pools extend their unbeaten run to four game going into a big game at Leyton Orient on Saturday. 

Full Time: Wrexham 0 Pools 0

Attendance: 4,144 (132 Pools)

Wrexham: Preston,  Smith, Pearson, Wedgbury, Reid (Massanka 80), Carrington, Rutherford, Roberts, Boden (Mackreth 66), Wright, L Smith (Holroyd 46).
Subs Not Used: Marx, Tharme. 

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Watson, Ledger, Deverdics, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Rodney (Donaldson 73), Franks, Oates (Laing 85).
Subs Not Used: Donnelly, Newton, Munns.

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