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Preview: Pools v FC Halifax Town

18 April 2019

Hartlepool United v FC Halifax Town Funkee Monkey
Hartlepool United v FC Halifax Town

We turn our focus to Good Friday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of FC Halifax Town’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v FC Halifax Town
National League
Friday 19th April 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
FC Halifax Town have enjoyed another strong campaign after re-establishing themselves at National League level with a 16th place finish following promotion.

The Shaymen started the current campaign in top form and were leading the pack at the end of the first month having collected 15 points from a possible 21 during August.

Since then wins have been a little harder to come by but they have remained hard to beat – indeed, they have drawn more league games (20) this season than any other side in the top five divisions so far.

Town have drawn three of their last four games ahead of Friday’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium but, like Pools, they will be targeting a strong finish to the current campaign.

On paper their run-in is a tricky one given they still have promotion-chasing Wrexham and AFC Fylde to come but a strong eight days could yet see them finish in the top half of the table.

Star Player
Devante Rodney has hit a rich vein of form since joining FC Halifax Town on loan from Salford City in February and he will be looking forward to his return to The Super 6 Stadium.

The former Pools man moved on during the summer after 18 months at the Club but has found opportunities limited at The Peninsula Stadium and was subsequently allowed to leave on loan.

Since arriving at The Shay, the 20-year-old has hit the net five times in 9 outings, including a spectacular strike in Town’s 2-2 draw at Leyton Orient a fortnight ago.

Head To Head
Good Friday’s game will be the 107th competitive meeting between the two sides and it’s Halifax who have enjoyed the edge historically, having won 56 times to Pools’ 48.

However, Pools have taken all three points on four of the last five occasions the two teams have played each other and The Shaymen haven’t won in Hartlepool since August 1999.

There has only been one draw between the sides in the last seven games and the last time there was a goalless draw was right back in March 1968.

Last Meeting
Saturday 22nd September 2018
FC Halifax Town 1 (Hanson 88) Pools 2 (Noble pen 52, Featherstone 64)

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Clarke, Brown (s/o 49), Hanson, Sellers, Kosylo (s/o 56), Lenighan, Berrett, Southwell (Maher 54), Edwards (Odelusi 70), Preston.
Subs not used: Rowley, King, McLeod.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Davies (Richardson 68), Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, McLaughlin, Noble, Muir (Dinanga 79), James (Hawkes 79).
Subs not used: Woods, Newton.

Referee
Simeon Lucas will be the man in the middle for our Good Friday encounter with FC Halifax Town in what will be his second Pools game of the campaign.

Ironically, Lucas’ last outing was also for a game involving Pools – he was on the whistle for our wind-spoilt trip to AFC Fylde last month.

Now in his second season on the National League’s list of officials, Lucas refereed Pools on four occasions during the 2017/18 campaign – including a year ago yesterday when he oversaw our 1-1 draw with Torquay United here.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will be able to listen to full live commentary of Friday’s game on Pools PlayerHD in the company of Brian Honour and Mark Simpson.

The lads will be on-air live from 2.50pm to bring you all the latest team news and build-up to kick-off before describing the action as it unfolds against The Shaymen.

Click here for more information on Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 12noon until kick-off on Friday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.

Click here for more information on buying tickets for games at The Super 6 Stadium.

Betting
Pools have been installed as 21/20 favourites for three points on Friday, with visitors Halifax priced up at 11/5 for a win and the draw rated an 11/5 shot with the bookies.

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

Good Friday Victory For Pools

19 April 2019

Luke James Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Luke James celebrates his goal against Halifax Town.

Pools took all three points from this Good Friday meeting with FC Halifax Town at The Super 6 Stadium.

Despite once again falling behind in the game - this time to a goal from former Pools man Devante Rodney - Craig Hignett's side came back through goals from Luke James and Luke Molyneux to take the win. 

Pools had the first chance of the game after just a couple of minutes as Gavan Holohan picked out Nicke Kabmaba with a cross into the box but the striker sent his header over the bar.

The lively Manny Duku had the first effort for the visitors on ten minutes as he curled a shot at goal that dipped just wide of the far post.

Luke James showed great skill to dribble a ball across the area before turning and shooting just over the bar as Pools showed promise going forward.

But it was a slip at the back that lead to the opening goal of the afternoon lost possession on the edge of his own area to allow the visitors in and, when the ball was squared to former Poolie Devante Rodney in the middle of the area, the big striker made no mistake with a confident strike past Loach and into the net.

And Halifax went close to making it 2-0 shortly after as Cameron King whipped a shot across the box that went just narrowly wide of the post.

Pools continued with their positive approach at the other end as a determined run by Holohan saw his final shot blocked by the defender, before the midfielder was set up by good work by Kioso only to see his chipped effort tipped over by Sam Johnson.

Luke Molyneux suffered the same fate with his decent effort from 30 yards, but had more success with his next involvement as he turned provider for Luke James.

Molyneux sent a cross in from the right that was met by James, who took the perfect touch to flick it past Johnson and into the bottom far corner to make it 1-1.

Pools looked bright going forward and had chances to take the lead before the break; a strong move down the right started by Molyneux set Donaldson running to the byline, where he pulled it back for Kioso in the box but the defender’s touch found the keeper.

Kioso had another chance late in the half as he hit one into the side netting following good link-up play from James and Molyneux.

After finishing the first half all square, Pools took less than ten minutes of the second to take the lead as Holohan fed a great ball through to Molyneux in plenty of space inside the box and he made no mistake as he sent the ball past Johnson to make it 2-1.

The visitors enjoyed their own spell of possession following the goal and Pools had a bit more work to do at the other end of the pitch. But for all they saw of the ball, Halifax failed to test Scott Loach during this spell.

Fullarton’s side won a couple of freekicks on the edge of the area around the 70 minute mark and, while the first from Matty Kosylo deflected up high off the wall, the second was sent high over the bar by Rodney.

Kosylo was pulling the strings for the visitors in this second half, as they continued to dominate possession, with few real chances on goal coming at either end.

Rodney broke through in added time to rush in towards goal but Scott Loach came out to intercept and cleared the danger in what was the final real action of the game as Pools ran out winners. 

Full Time: Pools 2 FC Halifax Town 1 

Attendance: 3018 (178 FC Halifax Town)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Edgar, Kerr, Anderson, Holohan (Noble 75), Featherstone, Donaldson, Molyneux (Bale 89), James, Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Muir, Amos.

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Clarke, Brown, Staunton, Kosylo, King, Berrett, Duku (Gondoh 66), Rodney, Skarz, Hanson (Freedman 72).
Subs Not Used: Preston, Rowley, Quigley.

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