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Preview: Leamington v Pools

14 December 2018

Leamington v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Leamington v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of our FA Trophy trip to The Phillips 66 Community Stadium

Leamington v Pools
FA Trophy First Round
Saturday 15th December 2018, 3pm
The Phillips 66 Community Stadium

In Opposition
Leamington arrive in to Saturday’s FA Trophy First Round tie lying 12th in National League North and on the back of a run of six games without defeat.

The Brakes have drawn their last two league outings, coming from two goals down to take a point at York City at the start of the month before being held at home by Chorley at the weekend.

Managed by Paul Holleran since 2009, Leamington reached the First Round Proper of the competition by defeating Witton 2-1 at The Phillips 66 Community Stadium at the end of last month.

Star Player
Colby Bishop has run in to some outstanding form over the past couple of months and the 22-year-old front man is someone Pools will need to keep tabs on this weekend.

Having recovered from a cruciate ligament injury which kept him out for eleven months, Bishop has hit the ground running upon his return and fired an impressive nine goals in as many games.

The Brakes lost fellow striker Matty Stenson to Solihull Moors at the end of October so Bishop’s sparkling performances in front of goal are a welcome sight for boss Paul Holleran.

Head To Head
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

Referee
Leigh Doughty will take charge of his third Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our FA Trophy trip to Leamington.

He was on the whistle for our 1-1 home draw with Eastleigh in September, while his second appointment was at the start of last month for our 4-0 defeat Bromley in which he sent-off Peter Kioso.

New to the National League’s list of referees, Doughty has presided over nine league games this term and his most recent was last Saturday when he saw Chesterfield beat Salford City 2-0.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will be able to access live commentary of Saturday afternoon’s game at Leamington with Mark Simpson by logging-on to Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

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 can get their tickets on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at The Phillips 66 Community Stadium on Saturday.

Click here for full ticket information on the weekend fixture.

Competition Rules
This tie will be settled on the day after both clubs agreed to extra-time and penalties if the game is level at the end of ninety minutes.

Teams are permitted to name five substitutes on their bench – a maximum of three can be used in ninety minutes and a fourth if the tie goes in to extra-time.

Betting
Pools have been installed as 1/1 favourites to win inside ninety minutes on Saturday, with hosts Leamington rated a 23/10 shot and the draw priced up at 12/5.

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

Donaldson Strike Earns Trophy Win

15 December 2018

Ryan Donaldson Alan Hayward (Shutter Press)
Ryan Donaldson slides home the winning goal at Leamington

A stunning solo goal from Ryan Donaldson ensured Richard Money made a winning start to life in the Pools dugout with a battling triumph at Leamington in the FA Trophy.

The Pools star’s driving run and clinical finish proved the decisive moment in hard-fought victory over the National League North outfit played out in torrential rain and gusting winds.

With injury problems beginning to bite, Money made four changes to the line-up which started in last weekend’s win at Maidenhead with new loan signing Harvey Rodgers handed his debut in the centre of defence.

Kenton Richardon came in at right-back with Paddy McLaughlin restored to midfield and Marcus DInanga the preferred partner for Niko Muir in attack.

It was Pools who settled quickest in miserable conditions in Warwickshire and they could have gone in front early on when Leamington struggled to deal with a right-wing corner and the ball looped off the bar and fell to Dinanga but his low drive was well blocked by keeper Tony Breedon.

The wind and rain were having an obvious impact on the quality of both sides’ football but it was Pools who continued to look the most likely, with McLaughlin and Josh Hawkes linking neatly with the attack at times.

McLaughlin saw a low effort blocked as it flew towards goal and also saw another goalbound shot saved by Breedon after a wonderful trade of passes with Dinanga.

The breakthrough finally arrived twenty minutes in to the second half when Donaldson picked the ball up just inside Leamington territory and set off on a determined run. He picked up real momentum, gliding past the home side’s defence before slotting a cool finish under Breedon.

After that it was about controlling the game for Pools and they knocked the ball around well to frustrate their hosts and see down the clock.

The Brakes’ only real opening fell to winger Kieran Dunbar who found space on the right side of the area but lashed a volley over the bar much to the home crowd’s frustration.

Dinanga had a chance to prod in a second for Pools but couldn’t quite get enough on Muir’s wind-assisted cross from the left, while Muir himself had a great chance to sew things up on the counter-attack near the end but drilled his shot wide.

In the end those misses did not prove costly though and Money earned his first win with a victory in a competition he won as Cambridge United boss in 2013/14.

Full Time: Leamington 0 Pools 1

Booked: Featherstone (52)

Leamington: Breeden, English, Gudger, Flanagan, Mace, Lane, Dunbar, (Obeng 62) Gittings, Bishop (Dwyer 85), Edwards, Taylor
Subs Not Used: Clarke, Bowden, Hood. 

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Rodgers, Magnay, Kitching, Donaldson, Featherstone, McLaughlin, Hawkes (James 67), Muir, Dinanga (O’Neill 79).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Miller, Murphy.

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Ticket News

Match Information For FA Trophy Tie

14 December 2018

The Phillips 66 Community Stadium Leamington FC
Leamington play at The Phillips 66 Community Stadium

Here’s some important info for fans ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy tie against Leamington at The Phillips 66 Community Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Leamington are asking supporters of both sides to help with travel and parking by making use of the Matchday Bus Service or by car sharing as a larger than average attendance is expected.

There is parking at the stadium for only approximately 450 vehicles and there is no alternative street parking as the ground is located on a busy country road with no pavements and is surrounded by farmland.

Supporters are advised to arrive a little earlier or give themselves additional time to utilise the bus services. Priority will be given to the departure of the bus services from the stadium at the conclusion of the match.

Matchday Bus Service
This service is priced at £2 return fare payable on the outward journey to the ground.

A double-decker bus will operate from the Railway Station to The Phillips 66 Stadium as scheduled below:

Leamington Railway Station                        1350       1420
Windmill Inn, Tachbrook Road                    1354       1424
Heathcote Pub, Tachbrook Road               1357       1427
The Phillips Community Stadium               1405       1435

The double-decker bus will depart very shortly after the conclusion of the match with a further journey departing from the stadium at 5.25pm.

Should the match go to extra-time or penalties the bus times will be rescheduled accordingly (each 30-40 minutes later).

Car Share
We ask all supporters parking at The Phillips Community Stadium to assist us by sharing where possible.

We also ask that if you are being collected by car or taxi after the match that those vehicles arrive either before 4.45pm or after 5.10pm. Priority will be given to vehicles exiting the site.

Match Arrangements
The tie will be played to a conclusion on the day, with extra-time and penalties if required.

Tickets
The match will not be segregated. Entry to the stadium for all supporters will be via the main turnstiles located at the Clubhouse end of the ground from 1pm. Entry is upon cash payment only and no credit facility is available.

Pitchside catering is available within the stadium but alcohol can only be consumed within the Clubhouse, which will open from 1pm to all fans and has BT Sport.

Click here for more information on tickets for this fixture.

Rail Travel
Please note that the Matchday Bus Service departing the ground immediately after the game may not enable you to catch the 5.14pm service as it’s a maximum journey time of 15 minutes from the stadium to the Railway Station.

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