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Preview: Aldershot Town v Pools

12 April 2019

Aldershot Town v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Aldershot Town v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to The EBB Stadium.

Aldershot Town v Pools
National League
Saturday 13th April 2019, 3pm
The EBB Stadium

In Opposition
After finishing fifth in each of the last two National League campaigns, there were few onlookers who predicted a season of struggle for Aldershot Town.

The Hampshire outfit missed out on a return to the EFL after falling at the play-off hurdle twice in succession but now have a real battle on their hands to avoid relegation.

Indeed, The Shots are 11 points shy of safety and if they fail to beat Pools at The EBB Stadium on Saturday then their drop in to National League South will be confirmed.

Boss Gary Waddock was left frustrated last time out when he saw his side take the lead before being held to a draw at Bromley and he admitted that his team has simply made too many errors this term.

The 2-2 draw at Hayes Lane meant that Aldershot have still won just twice since the start of November and they have collected just three points from the last available 30 on home soil.

Star Player
Adam McDonnell has top scored for The Shots in the National League this season, hitting the net six times from midfield so far in 2018/19.

The 21-year-old joined the club on a permanent deal last February after impressing during a spell on loan from Championship side Ipswich Town.

McDonnell has been in more starting elevens than any other player for Aldershot this season and is likely to be a starter again this weekend – he’s someone Pools will need to keep an eye on.

Head To Head
The two sides are gearing up for their 60th competitive meeting this weekend having enjoyed a history of matches which stretches back as far as 1950s.

Pools’ recent record against The Shots isn’t great – the draw at The Super 6 Stadium in September is the best they’ve mustered in the last three meetings after Aldershot did the National League double last term.

Prior to that, Pools had run out 5-1 winners in the FA Cup back in December 2004 and won by the same scoreline in the last league meeting in Hampshire in March 1991.

Last Meeting
Saturday 29th September
Pools 1 (Muir 33) Aldershot Town 1 (McClure 63)

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Davies, Magnay (Anderson 85), Kitching, Featherstone, Woods (Hawkes 63), Noble, Muir (McLaughlin 63), James.
Subs not used: Newton, Dinanga.

Aldershot Town: Cole, Kinsella, Fowler, Lelan, McCoy, McDonnell, Wanadio (Rendell 60), Booty, Berkeley-Agyepong (Gallagher 28), May (Howell 77), McClure.
Subs not used: Legg, Bernard.

Referee
Christopher Pollard will referee his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for Saturday’s encounter with Aldershot Town.

The official is in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees but this will be the first occasion he’s seen Pools in action.

It’s his fourth Aldershot appointment of the campaign and he’s seen them win, lose and draw in the previous three.

Live Coverage
If you can’t get along to The EBB Stadium on Saturday then make sure you join Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live coverage.

Mark will be on-air to set the scene from 2.50pm and then guide you through all the action as it unfolds as Craig Hignett’s men look for a return to winning ways.

Click here for more information on how you can listen to our live commentary.

Tickets
Pools fans can buy their tickets for Saturday’s game in advance by going online, while there will also be availability on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

Betting
Aldershot Town have been installed as 5/4 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Pools rated a 19/10 shot for victory and the draw priced up at 11/5.

Click here now to take a look at all the latest odds and price boosts with our friends at Sky Bet.

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Match Reports

Holohan Goal Seals Point For Pools

13 April 2019

Gavan Holohan Ian Randall (Shutter Press)
Gavan Holohan celebrates his goal at Aldershot Town.

Gavan Holohan scored on his full debut for Pools as they picked up a point at Aldershot Town on Saturday and condemned their hosts to National League relegation.

The Irishman capped an impressive performance when he nodded home Luke James’ inviting cross ten minutes from time to earn Pools a deserved point against The Shots at The EBB Stadium.

Holohan’s selection was one of two changes made by Craig Hignett for the game, as he replaced the ill Liam Noble in midfield while Mark Kitching was preferred at left-back.

Pools started the game in determined fashion and began knocking the ball about with confidence against a nervy-looking Aldershot side who were careless in possession in the opening minutes.

Holohan snatched the ball with a great tackle just inside his own half before driving forward with it; as the home defence backed off, the Irishman dropped his shoulder and dribbled in to the area but his shot was charged down.

Pools drew confidence from that and continued to press their hosts and at the end of a sustained period of pressure, Nicky Featherstone fed the ball to Nicke Kabamba who turned his man but saw his left-foot drive blocked.

Then on 10 minutes the hosts made their first foray in to Pools territory when Regan Booty escaped in to space down the left. He fed a low ball in to the box to Bernard Mensah whose shot was blocked by Fraser Kerr but it rolled free along the six-yard line where Reece Grant fired home.

Pools were initially undeterred by the setback and could have been back on level terms almost immediately had Shots keeper Will Mannion not got across to his right quickly to paw Luke Molyneux’s curling free-kick round the post.

However, the hosts were slowly improving and Scott Loach had to be alert to tip the ball over his bar from Adam McDonnell’s cross-shot from the right.

An error from David Edgar allowed Grant to run towards the edge of the area where he was held up well by Kerr and, when he laid the ball square, John Goddard lifted a shot well over the bar.

There was a wonderful chance for Kabamba to bring Pools level after Ryan Donaldson freed Peter Kioso down the right and the full-back lifted a lovely first time cross in to the front post but Kabamba’s header dropped wide.

Donaldson was then caught in possession by Goddard but the midfielder couldn’t find the target with his shot after driving forward with the ball.

Loach had to be at his best early in the second half when Mensah’s drive was blocked and fell kindly in to the path of Grant and the Pools keeper had to make himself big to deflect the shot away to safety.

There was a moment of great fortune for Aldershot at the other end when Molyneux raced away down the right before sending a low ball across to Holohan who teed up Nicky Featherstone only for the midfielder’s powerful goalbound drive to hit Kabamba and stay out.

David Edgar had to be in the right place to block a shot from Scott Rendell, while Molyneux tested Mannion with a fierce drive which stung the keeper’s palms.

James was causing all kinds of problems for Town down the left hand side and he could have found the leveller when he broke the offside trap only for the home defence to get back in time to thwart the Pools front man.

Molyneux cleverly jinked in to the area and let fly with a powerful low shot which Mannion did well to block with his feet, while Holohan then saw a shot blocked as Pools kept the move alive.

The goal finally arrived ten minutes from time and it was no surprise to find James at the heart of it. Having chased through down the left he then got the ball back from Kabamba and had the presence of mind to chip a ball across to the far post where Holohan nodded home from close range.

More good work from James down the flank provided Molyneux with a chance but his shot was blocked as Pools then set about trying to find a winner.

And Molynuex could have got it when his low free-kick from 22 yards was brilliantly turned away by Mannion down low to his right.

James Rowe came off the bench to strike a low shot on goal for the hosts as they tried to find the goal they needed but Loach held on to it and their hopes were extinguished.

Full Time: Aldershot Town 1 Pools 1

Attendance: 1589 (158 Pools)

Booked: Donaldson (69)

Aldershot Town: Mannion, McDonnell (Rowe 85), Howell, Rendell, Bernard, Booty, Mensah, Menayese, Finney, Grant (McDonagh 78), Goodard (Berkeley-Agyepong 85).
Subs Not Used: Cole, Gallagher.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Kitching, Featherstone, Donaldson, Holohan (Bale 87), Molyneux (Muir 83), James, Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Anderson, Amos.

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Ticket News

Tickets On Sale For Aldershot Town

12 April 2019

The Ebb Stadium Rex Features
Aldershot Town play at The Ebb Stadium

Here is all the ticket information you need if you want to follow the lads in action at Aldershot Town this weekend.

Aldershot Town have informed us that their plan at the moment is for this Saturday's game at The EBB Stadium to be non-segregated.

However, The Shots are making available an allocation of seating tickets for Pools fans which will be available at the same prices as the terracing tickets.

Pools fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance online right now by clicking here.

Tickets will also be available to visiting supporters on turnstile 4 on the day of the game.

Prices
Adults - £18
Seniors (over 65) - £14
Military Personnel - £14
Young Adults (19-21) - £14
Students - £14
Disabled (with free carer) - £14
Juniors (11-18) - £5
Under 11s – Free

Wheelchair users can book in advance by calling Aldershot Town’s Ticket Office on 01252 320 211.

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