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Preview: Braintree Town v Pools

14 August 2018

Braintree Town v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Braintree Town v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' first-ever trip to Cressing Road.

Braintree Town v Pools
National League
Tuesday 14th August 2018, 7.45pm
Cressing Road

In Opposition
Braintree Town changed their manager last summer following relegation from the National League and it had the desired effect as Brad Quinton led them to promotion at the first attempt.

A former Town star with over 500 appearances for The Iron under his belt, Quinton underlined his hero status at Cressing Road by overseeing a play-off triumph to secure their instant return to the fifth tier.

A stunning and ultimately glorious finish to last term hasn’t rolled over in to 2018/19 so far and they’re still looking for their first win of the season having picked up only one point so far.

However, they showed great spirit during their midweek defeat to much-fancied Chesterfield so Pools know that they can’t take anything for granted as they head South.

Star Player
Lyle Della-Verde is one of Braintree’s summer recruits and has started every game so far this season following his switch from Dartford.

Now 23, the winger came through the ranks at Fulham but has experience of playing in the EFL with both Fleetwood Town and Crawley Town.

More recently he was on the books of Welling United and Concord Rangers before joining Dartford last summer and almost helping them to promotion back to the National League last term.

Head To Head
Tuesday evening’s game will be the first time the two sides have ever met in competitive action.

Referee
Peter Gibbons will take charge of his second Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man on the whistle for our trip to Braintree Town.

His only previous Pools engagement came in September when he presided over our 3-1 win against Maidstone United at The Super 6 Stadium.

Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, Gibbons’ most recent appointment came when he saw Chesterfield defeat Aldershot Town 3-0 last Tuesday.

Live Coverage
Join Mark Simpson for full live online commentary of Tuesday evening’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm.

Pools PlayerHD is available to fans anywhere in the world on any computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone so it’s even easier than ever to stay right up-to-date with the action.

Click here now to join Pools PlayerHD for the season for just £24.99 and access live commentary of every game, home and away.

Tickets
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets at Braintree prior to kick-off on the day of the game.

Click here for full ticket information on our trip to Cressing Road.

Betting
Braintree have been installed as slight 6/4 favourites for three points from the encounter, whilst Pools are just behind at a price of 7/4 and Sky Bet rate the chances of a draw at 23/10.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and take a look at a full range of odds ahead of kick-off.

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Match Reports

Last-Minute Goal Denies Pools First Win

14 August 2018

Niko Muir Shutter Press
Niko Muir scored for Pools at Braintree Town.

A dominant Pools were denied their first win of the season in agonising fashion as Braintree Town snatched an injury-time leveller at Cressing Road on Tuesday night.

Matthew Bates’ men looked all set to collect three points after Niko Muir snatched his second goal for the Club midway through the first half as Pools turned in their best display of the season.

However, with three of four added minutes played Town managed to find a route through to goal and front man Mohamed Bettamer gleefully rifled home a leveller to break Pools hearts.

Bates had made four changes to the side which started in the weekend defeat to Ebbsfleet United, bringing Myles Anderson in to defence to replace the injured Andrew Davies and restoring Ryan Donaldson, Nicky Featherstone and Michael Woods to a five-man midfield.

The shape allowed Liam Noble and Wood to bomb on and offer good support to front two Muir and Luke James who looked a threat all night against the National League new boys.

Pools sounded a warning shot within minutes of the first whistle when Noble bent a free-kick just wide of the post after a neat one-two with Woods had shifted the angle for the midfield star.

Noble – wearing the captain’s armband – had an even better chance on nine minutes when James was set free by Muir before being tripped in the penalty area but Noble’s spot-kick was brilliantly saved by keeper Ben Killip low to his right.

For a few minutes the setback affected Pools and the hosts almost took advantage to open the scoring but Christie Pattison dragged his shot wide after a rare foray in to the attacking third.

Midway through the first half Pools did make good of their dominance by scoring a beautifully-worked opening goal. Donaldson did well to work the ball out wide right to Noble who whipped a looping cross to the far post which was knocked down by Kitching to Muir who prodded home from close range.

Kitching could have doubled the lead not long after when he got on the end of another right-wing cross but this time his header drew a brilliant reaction save from Killip.

Woods then brilliantly anticipated a square ball in the midfield area and skipped through one-on-one with the keeper who again came out on top, making himself big to smother the shot.

And a one-sided first period came to a close after Donaldson had further tested the home keeper with a low shot from twenty-five yards which he did well to push away.

The second half set off with a similar pattern with Featherstone slipping a ball through to Muir on the right edge of the area but this time the striker couldn’t manufacture a clean strike and his shot hit the side netting.

Bettamer let fly with a shot as The Iron produced a counter-attack, while substitute Irnti Rapai added some threat but fired a shot wide shortly after coming off the bench.

Noble’s right-wing corner was then met strongly by Peter Kioso but the header grazed the side netting on its way wide as Pools got back on the front foot.

Woods was then released on the end of some more great interplay between Muir and James but scooped his shot too high, whilst the front two combined to provide the midfielder with an even better chance a minute later but he sent it agonisingly wide.

Noble hit a free-kick in to the wall and the follow-up wide as Pools looked to see the game out before Luke Allen sent a warning by volleying a Braintree effort just wide of the left-hand post with Scott Loach scrambling.

The long journey for fans and players looked set to be rewarded until the final seconds when Town produced perhaps their most incisive move of the night to free Bettamer on the right of the area and the striker made no mistake with a crisp finish.

Full Time: Braintree Town 1 Pools 1

Booked: Kitching (34), Newton (6)

Braintree Town: Killip, Muleba, Webber, Durojaiye (Della Verde 70), Clark, Hill (Frimpong 22), Allen, Rowe (Rapai 55), Lyons-Foster, Bettamer, Pattisson.
Subs Not Used: Bettache, Ochieng.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson, Featherstone, Woods (Newton 68), Noble (McLaughlin 90), Kitching, Muir, James (Cassidy 85).
Subs Not Used: Laing, Dinanga.

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Ticket News

Braintree Tickets Available On The Day

14 August 2018

Braintree Town play at Cressing Road
Braintree Town play at Cressing Road

Here is all the ticket info you need if you want to follow the lads at Cressing Road on Tuesday night.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for Tuesday evening’s National League game at Braintree Town prior to kick-off at Cressing Road.

There are no sales in advance for this fixture but Pools have been allocated a terraced section of the stadium and will also have access to around 100 seats.

Prices
Adults - £17
Seniors - £12
Students - £12
Under 18s - £6

Visit our Away Tickets section now where we also have details for our upcoming trip to Dagenham & Redbridge – click here.

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