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Preview: Barrow v Pools

21 April 2019

Barrow v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Barrow v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Easter Monday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to Holker Street.

Barrow v Pools
National League
Monday 22nd April 2019, 3pm
Holker Street

In Opposition
Barrow come in to Monday’s fixture at Holker Street sitting 11th in the National League table following a run of just two defeats in their last eight outings.

An impressive hat-trick of wins at the beginning of March gave The Bluebirds a sniff of reaching the play-offs, but they’ve not tasted victory again since to drop back in to mid-table.

Ian Evatt oversaw a big turnover in players during the summer, underlined by the fact that not one of the Barrow team Pools faced at Holker Street last March were in their line-up at Maidenhead United on Friday.

After drawing 0-0 at The Super 6 Stadium earlier this season, Pools make the trip to Cumbria knowing they can leapfrog their hosts in the table if they win there for a second year in succession.

Star Player
Front man Jack Hindle has top-scored for Barrow this season after joining the club from Colwyn Bay during the summer.

The 24-year-old has hit the net three times in his last six games, including one in the 1-1 draw at Maidenhead United on Good Friday.

He’s a man in form so Pools will need to ensure they keep a close eye on him during the Easter Monday encounter at Holker Street.

Head To Head
Monday’s game will be the 89th time that these two teams have met in competitive action and Pools have the edge historically having won 36 games in comparison to Barrow’s 32 triumphs.

Pools did the double over The Bluebirds last term but were held to a goalless draw when the Cumbrian outfit visited The Super 6 Stadium back in September.

Last season saw the renewal of the two clubs rivalry after a gap of almost 50 years but games between Pools and Barrow stretch as far back as 1921/22 and the old Division Three (North).

Last Meeting
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Pools 0 Barrow 0

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

Barrow: Firth, Brown, Jones, Granite, Molyneux, Taylor, Rooney, Kay, Burgess, Hindle, Smith (Blyth 88).
Subs not used: Jameson, Barthram, Jennings, Correia.

Referee
Rebecca Welch will referee Pools for a second time this season when she’s on the whistle for our Easter Monday trip to Barrow.

Having proved herself at National League North level, Welch made the step up to join the National League’s list of referees at the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Welch, who refereed the 2017 Women’s FA Cup Final, was in charge for our home win over Braintree Town in January and she has already overseen Barrow three times this term.

Her most recent appointment came in the early part of February and was also at Holker Street when she presided over The Bluebirds’ 1-1 draw with Bromley.

Live Coverage
If you’re not among the near-1200 Pools fans making the trip to Barrow on Monday then make sure you join us on Pools PlayerHD for live commentary.

Mark Simpson will be online and on-air from Holker Street at 2.50pm to set the scene and run you through the team news before describing all the action as it unfolds.

Click here for more information on Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Pools fans have sold out our entire allocation of 1,165 tickets for Monday’s game and there will be no availability on the day so fans without a ticket are being warned not to travel.

Click here for a full tickets and travel guide ahead of Monday’s game.

Betting
Barrow have been installed as 11/10 favourites to take the three points, while you can get 9/4 on Craig Hignett’s men winning at Holker Street and the draw is 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

Pools Beaten By Barrow

22 April 2019

Luke Molyneux Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Luke Molyneux in action at Barrow

An army of nearly 1,200 medieval knights failed to inspire Pools at Holker Street on Easter Monday as Barrow collected three points with a well-deserved 1-0 win.

Pools rarely conjured as much as an attacking threat as they did during the win over FC Halifax Town on Good Friday but it was a goal of real class which proved decisive for the hosts, as substitute Josh Kay came off the bench to despatch an overhead kick with his very first touch.

Craig Hignett chose to make one change to his starting line-up with Danny Amos coming in at left-back, while Josh Hawkes was named on the bench after shrugging off a thigh problem.

Pools were under pressure from the off as the hosts began the game on the front foot and they could have gone in front within two minutes when James Philpott got free down the right but cracked his shot off the post.

Fraser Kerr had to be alert to defend the next attack a minute later as Barrow raided down the left this time but the Pools centre-back was well-positioned to clear with Philpott waiting for a tap-in in the middle.

Pools did show something going forward when Gavan Holohan drove in from the left to send a shot wide under pressure, before Luke Molyneux cut in from the right but fired too high.

However, they were all too rare moments of creation for Pools during a first half which was more centred on determined defending against a Barrow side who looked intent on signing-off in style on home soil.

The dangerous Dior Angus departed the lead through injury to be replaced by Josh Kay and the substitute made an astonishing impact when he peeled off in to space at the back post to meet John Rooney’s deep cross with a delicious overhead kick which flew back across Scott Loach and in to the net. A spectacular strike with what was his first touch.

Rooney then could have added a second goal himself just after the half-hour mark when a corner was delivered out to him on the edge of the box from where he let fly with a swerving drive which beat Loach but was headed off the line by Nicky Featherstone.

Loach then had to be alert a couple of times towards the end of a testing first half, first smothering the ball at the feet of Hindle before also going down bravely to gather Jason Taylor’s low cross from the left.

There was an encouraging moment at the beginning of the second half when Liam Noble – on in place of Danny Amos at half-time – fed Molyneux but the winger dragged his shot just wide of the front post from the edge of the area.

David Edgar also came close to bringing Pools level when he met a right-wing corner with a powerful effort which unfortunately flew straight in to the arms of keeper Joel Dixon.

Meanwhile, at the other end Kay continued to look a real menace and saw one effort well saved by Loach before just failing to find a decisive touch on Hindle’s ball across goal after Barrow caught Pools on the counter.

As time ticked away it was the hosts who remained a greater threat in front of goal, though Molyneuex did have a goalbound shot blocked by a defender after good work down the right-hand side from Pools.

But the Bluebirds were good value for their win and could probably have enjoyed a more handsome margin of victory had they been more ruthless in front of goal.

Full Time: Barrow 1 Pools 0

Attendance: 3007 (1140 Pools)

Booked: Holohan (57), Fetaherstone (67)

Barrow: Dixon, Brown, Taylor, Granite, Philpot, Rooney, Hindle, Hardcastle, Hird, Norrington-Davis, Angus (Kay).
Subs Not Used: Elsdon, Barthram, Molyneux, Jameson.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Amos (Noble 46), Featherstone, Donaldson, Holohan (Hawkes 69) Molyneux, James (Muir 84), Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Anderson, Bale.

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Ticket News

Tickets For Barrow Now Sold Out

20 April 2019

Holker Street Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Holker Street is home to Barrow

There are now no tickets at all remaining to Pools fans for our Easter Monday game against Barrow at Holker Street (3pm kick-off).

Pools supporters have snapped up the full allocation of 1,165 tickets for the National League encounter, with Craig Hignett’s men now set to be roared on by a large and noisy following.

There will now be no further tickets available on the day for this fixture so supporters who don’t have one are advised not to travel.

The final away game of the season always attracts a larger than usual away support but, even by Pools fans’ standards, Monday will see an amazing turnout in Cumbria.

Many of those travelling to the game will also be taking part in this year’s fancy dress theme of Medieval Knights on what is sure to be another memorable afternoon.

The Club would like to thank all fans for your brilliant support.

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