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