We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Dagenham & Redbridge’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Dagenham & Redbridge
Saturday 1st December 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
Dagenham & Redbridge arrive at The Super 6 Stadium on the crest of a wave having surged to the top of the National League’s form table with five wins from their last six outings.
The Daggers were saved from financial troubles in September when an American consortium involving former Manchester United and Everton goalkeeper completed a takeover deal.
That has allowed boss Peter Taylor to bolster his young squad with a number of new additions and as a result they have picked up form dramatically.
Having been struggling in the bottom four in the middle of October, The Daggers’ recent sequence of positive results have helped lift them to 17th and their eyes are now firmly fixed on mid-table at the very least.
Conor Wilkinson has hit the ground running at Victoria Road since joining the club on loan from Gillingham at the start of November.
The 23-year-old front man has started the last three games and already scored four times to help The Daggers begin their climb up the National League table.
Standing at 6ft 3ins, Wilkinson offers a physical presence but also some EFL experience having played for a number of clubs on loan whilst with Bolton Wanderers before a move to Gillingham in 2017.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 13th competitive encounter between the sides and Pools have the edge historically having enjoyed seven victories in comparison to The Daggers’ four.
Pools have won four out of the last five meetings between the sides and you have to go back to August 2014 for the last time Dagenham won in Hartlepool.
There has been only one draw in the previous 12 meetings.
Saturday 25th August 2018
Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (McQueen 36) Pools 2 (Woods 48, Noble pen 63)
Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Gordon (Hyde 75), Davey, Pennell, McQueen, Goodliffe, Wright, Robinson, Donovan (Reynolds 60), Romaine, Adeloye (Kandi 60).
Subs not used: Moore, Hoyte.
Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kitching, Magnay, Anderson, Noble, Donaldson, Woods (McLaughlin 86), Featherstone, Muir (Dinanga 89), James.
Subs not used: Catterick, Laing, Newton.
Joe Hull will take charge of his fifth Pools game and his second of this season when he’s the man in the middle for Saturday’s encounter with The Daggers.
The official was last on the whistle for a Pools fixture back in August when he saw us overcome Chesterfield with a battling display at The Super 6 Stadium.
Hull is in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees and last term he presided over our 1-0 win over Barrow in October, our 1-1 draw at Chester in January and the 1-0 defeat at home to Guiseley in April.
His most recent outing came last weekend as he oversaw Salford City’s goalless draw at Solihull Moors.
Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson to provide live and uninterrupted commentary of Saturday’s game against Dagenham & Redbridge.
The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm to set the scene from The Super 6 Stadium before describing all the action as it unfolds for fans all over the world.
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.
Pools have been installed as 17/20 favourites for three points on Saturday, with The Daggers rated 3/1 outsiders and the draw priced up at 5/2 with our friends at Sky Bet.