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Preview: Pools v Salford City

26 April 2019

Hartlepool United v Salford City Funkee Monkey
Hartlepool United v Salford City

We turn the spotlight on our final game of the 2018/19 season with a full and in-depth preview of Salford City’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Salford City
National League
Saturday 27th April 2019, 12.30pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Salford City arrive in the North-East this weekend knowing that even victory over Pools may not be enough to see them clinch the title and a sought-after place in the Football League.

Graham Alexander’s side have been in astonishing form in recent weeks but even a sequence of nine victories from their last eleven games looks like being too little too late in the bid to catch Leyton Orient.

The Ammies have undergone an incredible turnaround since the takeover by the famous ‘Class of 92’ in 2014 and this term the ambitions were to enjoy a fourth promotion in five years.

However, a surprise home defeat to AFC Fylde on Easter Monday means that leaders Orient now only need a point at home to Braintree Town to secure their return to the EFL after a two-year absence.

Whatever happens this weekend, nobody will fancy taking on City in the play-offs and if they do fail to win promotion this season you can bet David Beckham’s bottom dollar that they will be a force to be reckoned with again in 2019/20.

Star Player
Whilst Salford have clearly invested in a very powerful squad this season, it’s hard to look past top scorer Adam Rooney when it comes to picking out the best of the bunch.

The experienced front man rejected the offer of a new deal with SPL outfit Aberdeen at the end of last season in order to link-up with The Ammies for their ongoing project to reach the EFL.

It’s proved a sound acquisition for boss Graham Alexander and Rooney’s 20 National League goals have helped keep them in the mix for promotion this term – Pools must make sure his tally doesn’t increase this weekend.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will only be the fourth time that the two teams have ever met in competitive action and the second time in league competition.

The Ammies first came up to Hartlepool back in 2015 when Pools needed a replay to see off the then Northern Premier League outfit in the Second Round of the FA Cup.

City ran out 3-0 winners in the first ever league meeting back in September so Pools will be out for some revenge when they convene for the return fixture on Saturday.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 25th September 2018
Salford City 3 (Lloyd 64, Rooney 69, Walker 75) Pools 0

Salford City: Neal, Wiseman, Touray, Piergianni, Pond, Walker (Hogan 78), Whitehead, Shelton, Rooney (Rodney 85), Lloyd (Maynard 85), Gaffney.
Subs not used: Crocombe, Haughton.

Pools: Loach, Newton (Woods 72), Magnay, Davies, Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin, Muir (Dinanga 18), James.
Subs not used: Richardson, Hawkins, Hawkes.

Andrew Miller will return to The Super 6 Stadium for a second time this season when he is the man in charge for our weekend meeting with Salford City.

The experienced official was last in Hartlepool for our 3-2 defeat to Sutton United in October, while he also presided over our 2-1 Boxing Day defeat at Gateshead.

Miller was also on the whistle for our crucial 1-0 triumph over Leyton Orient which secured National League survival last term – a day he sent-off Pools’ now Salford forward Devante Rodney.

Live Coverage
If you can’t get along to the game on Saturday then join us on Pools PlayerHD where Mark Simpson and Brian Honour will provide full live online commentary.

Our coverage will begin on Pools PlayerHD from 12.20pm and you won’t miss a single second of the season finale if you join us then.

Click here for more information on Pools PlayerHD.

Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 9am until kick-off on Saturday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 11am for fans to go along and buy their tickets.

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

Salford have been installed as 1/2 favourites for the victory on Saturday, with the bookies offering a price of 19/4 on Pools and a draw is available at odds of 29/10.

Click here now to take a look at all the latest odds ahead of this weekend’s game on Sky Bet.

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Match Reports

Pools End Season With Salford Victory

27 April 2019

Nicky Featherstone Steven Hadlow (Shutter Press)
Nicky Featherstone celebrates his goal against Salford City

Pools came from a goal behind to take the three points against promotion-chasing Salford City at The Super 6 Stadium this afternoon.

Goals from Nicky Featherstone, Nicke Kabamba and Luke James sealed an entertaining victory for Craig Hignett's side who beat a Salford side reduced to ten men just before half-time.

Salford City took the lead after just two minutes here this afternoon, to put Pools on the back foot from the off.

A cross in from Daniel Lloyd on the right picked out an unmarked Adam Rooney in the middle and he made no mistake as he volleyed home from eight yards.

The visitors went close to a second inside the first five minutes when Lois Maynard also found space in the box to send a header towards goal but he was denied by Scott Loach with a good save.

After the early onslaught from the visitors, Pools showed a measured response and edged their way into what was a lively first half.

Luke James got forward on eight minutes to have Pools first chance on goal; the Supporters’ Player of the Year cut in from the left to fire a shot on goal but his effort took a deflection and went out for a corner.

Luke Molyneux, who was bright this afternoon, pushed in from the right with the next real chance for his side but his low effort went just wide of target.

Liam Noble picked out Mark Kitching with a lovely cross out to the left and Kitching in turn then lifted a nice ball back in for James but he saw his header go just over the bar.

Noble had a shot himself from distance which was held by Salford keeper Chris Neal but Pools were looking bright by this stage.

And in the dying minutes of the first half, Salford City were reduced to ten men as Matt Green picked up his second yellow card for a challenge on Scott Loach on the edge of the box. Despite strong protests from the visitors, the referee was sure of his decision and Green was shown red.

Scott Loach was involved in the early action in the second half too as he made a decent save from Daniel Whitehead to deny Salford a second goal after the midfielder had forced his way past Kioso and into the box.

But Pools were soon back at it at the opposite end and got a deserved equaliser on 50 minutes; Nicke Kabamba got up to flick the ball on into he path of Nicky Featherstone who had made a perfectly-timed run into the box and he finished calmly past Neal to make it 1-1.

And it was so close to 2-1 soon after as sub Gavan Holohan, on late in the first half for the injured David Edgar, fired a great effort at goal which smashed against the crossbar before the visitors cleared.

Pools were playing some decent football in this second half and made it 2-1 with another well-worked goal. After impressive work from Molyneux and Noble in the build-up, Kabamba was on hand to put it over the line and put Hignett’s side in front.

Luke James topped off his day by making it 3-1 on 74 minutes, as a Molyneux cross into the box picked out James who sent a low drive past Neal and into the far corner of the net.

Pools dominated much of the remaining possession, playing some attractive football and putting on an entertaining show for the home supporters. 

Salford did get a late goal back through sub Emmanuel Dieseruvwe but Pools' lead never looked in doubt as the game finished 3-2.

Full Time: Pools 3 Salford City 2

Attendance: 3582 (300 Salford City)

Pools: Loach, Kioso (Richardson 87), Edgar (Holohan 43), Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, Donaldson, Noble (Hawkes 87), Molyneux, James, Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Muir, Bale.

Salford City: Neal, Wiseman, Touray, Mafuta (Redmond 66), Hogan, Piergianni (Linganzi 70), Green (sent off 43), Maynard, Rooney (Dieseruvwe 63), Lloyd, Whitehead.
Subs Not Used: Crocombe, Walker.

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