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Preview: Pools v Solihull Moors

5 April 2019

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We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Solihull Moors’ visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Solihull Moors
National League
Saturday 6th April 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Solihull Moors quickly emerged as one of the leading contenders for promotion from the National League this season, building on an impressive second half of last term.

The Moors were in relegation danger after a shocking start to 2017/18 but Mark Yates led them on to a terrific run of form and they carried that on in to the current campaign.

Even the loss of Yates to Macclesfield Town during the summer didn’t knock the West Midlands outfit off course and Tim Flowers has made a seamless transition in the Manager’s role this term.

They’re without a win in three coming in to Saturday’s game but they remain just a point behind leaders Leyton Orient and are still well and truly in the race for the title.

New ownership has helped push the club on to the next level and as well as improving on the pitch, they’re also investing in their facilities as they aim to make it to the EFL for the first time in their history.

Star Player
Jamey Osborne is the creative spark in the middle of the park for Solihull Moors and will need well marshalling when they visit The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.

The 26-year-old has scored four times for The Moors so far this season but has excellent technical ability on the ball and is always positive when in possession.

Having spent 2017 with Grimsby Town, it was a massive boost for Moors fans when Osborne opted to return to Damson Park last Christmas and he’s been a core part of their promotion charge.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be only the fourth competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have the edge having won two of the three previous encounters.

A strange quirk of the head-to-head record so far is that all three games between the sides have been won by the away team.

Pools won 1-0 at Damson Park back in September when Liam Noble’s second half curler was enough to claim three points against ten-man Moors.

Last Meeting
Saturday 8th September 2018
Solihull Moors 0 Pools 1 (Noble 59)

Solihull Moors: Boot, Williams, Daly, Gudger, Storer (s/o 18), Osborne, Carter, Carline (Sweeney 78), Yussuf (Thomas 8), Hylton, Wright (O’Keefe 78).
Subs not used: Maxwell, Murphy.

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin (Woods 70), Muir, James.
Subs not used: Richardson, Hawkes, Newton, Dinanga.

Referee
Experienced official David Rock is the man who will take charge of our contest against Solihull Moors at The Super 6 Stadium this weekend.

It will be the third time he’s officiated a Pools fixture but the first time he’s visited us on home soil, having previously overseen our games at Torquay United in October 2017 and Sutton United last April.

Rock has been on the National League’s list of referees since the start of 2014/15 and his most recent outing came at York Road two weeks ago when he watched Maidenhead United defeat Havant & Waterlooville 2-0.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will be able to access live online commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

Mark Simpson will be on-air as usual to guide you through all the action as it unfolds so if you can’t get along to the game then let us bring the game to you!

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 Saturday.

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 are rated a 5/2 shot for three points this weekend with promotion-chasing Solihull Moors fancied for the win as 1/1 favourites, while 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 Lose Out To Solihull Moors

6 April 2019

Pools v Solihull Moors Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Scott Loach makes a save against Solihull Moors

Pools lost out 1-0 to promotion-chasing Solihull Moors at The Super 6 Stadium this afternoon.

The visitors completely dominated the first half but Pools held firm and went into the second half at 0-0 but Tim Flowers' men grabbed a goal mid-way through a more even second half and held firm for the win.

Scott Loach took centre stage for Pools in the first half as the keeper was by far the busiest man on the pitch, and the home stopper more than stood up to the test.

Solihull dominated the opening half, making their aerial dominance count and pinning Pools back for the majority of the first 45.

With six minutes on the clock, George Carline sent an effort in at goal that saw Loach out at full stretch to tip it high over the bar.

The lively Jamey Osborne was next up as he tried his luck from the edge of the box but his effort took a deflection off Ryan Donaldson and went wide.

The corner the followed found Tyrone Williams guide a powerful header towards goal but again Loach was there as he pulled off another great stop to deny the goal.

Just ten minutes later and the Pools keeper was back in action, this time pulling off two impressive reaction saves to deny Nathan Blissett first with a header and then from the rebound.

The visitors continued to press Hignett’s side, who struggled to get out of their own half for much of the first period.

And Loach pulled off perhaps the best of his first-half saves just before the 30-minute mark as he reacted quickly to palm wide a header from Danny Wright.

The first and only real chance of the half for Pools fell to Nicke Kabamba on 33 minutes; a decent cross in from Luke James picked out the big striker in the middle but Kabamba was denied the goal by Ryan Boot who pulled off a strong save to hold the effort.

And so the teams went in to the second half all square, with Pools largely having the impressive form of Loach to thank for that.

Pools looked brighter in the early second half action; Luke Molyneux broke down the right to play in Peter Kioso who was overlapping. His cross into the box was blocked out to Liam Noble on the edge of the box but his thunderous strike was deflected wide for a corner.

Luke James created an opening down the left with typical determination against Williams, before the Pools man forced his way into the box to send a shot on goal which won another corner for his side.

As Pools looked a much different proposition in the second half, Luke Molyneux beat his man to get in and shoot on goal, which he dragged just wide of the post.

Although Pools looked more of a threat, it was Solihull Moors who took the lead just before the hour as a slip from Loach allowed Adi Yussuf to prod home from close range to make it 1-0.

As has become the expected from Hignett’s side, they responded positively to going behind and continued to plug away at the other end as Ryan Donaldson fired in a shot that called Boot back into action to save.

Molyneux got forward to send a shot well wide of target, while Blissett did the same at the other end as both sides looked to get the next goal.

It was a more even second half in terms of possession but Solihull Moors took the advantage that counts as Yussuf’s only goal of the game proved enough to take the three points.

Full Time: Pools 0 Solihull Moors 1

Attendance: 2981 (72 Solihull Moors)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Anderson (Kitching 72), Noble (Holohan 81), Featherstone, Donaldson, Molyneux, Kabamba, James.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Muir.

Solihull Moors: Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer, Gudger, Osborne (Maxwell 87), Carter, Yussuf (Sbarra 82), Carline, Blissett, Wright (Hylton 73).
Subs Not Used: Stenson, Hawkridge.

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