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Preview: Maidenhead United v Pools

7 December 2018

Maidenhead United v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Maidenhead United v Hartlepool United

Here's our preview of the action as Pools prepare for the weekend trip to York

Maidenhead United v Pools
National League
Saturday 8th December 2018, 3pm
York Road

In Opposition
After finishing a very creditable 12th during their first season in the National League, Maidenhead United have found their second season at this level a little bit more of a struggle.

The Magpies recovered from a slow opening month to pick up five wins from eight at the back end of August and through September but that form has dropped off again since then.

A recent run of six consecutive defeats was brought to an end when they pulled off a brilliant 1-0 win at Sutton United a fortnight ago to give them room for optimism.

However, a sequence of four successive home games has begun with only a draw against Ebbsfleet United and a loss to Harrogate Town so they’ll be hoping to make it third time lucky against Pools.

Alan Devonshire’s men are currently 20th in the National League table but will hope to climb further away from the bottom four with a good result this weekend.

Star Player
Adrian Clifton has proved a key component of The Magpies’ midfield this term, highlighted by the fact that he’s scored six of their 23 National League goals so far.

The 29-year-old re-joined Maidenhead last summer following a two-year spell with Havant & Waterlooville and he’s hit the net 14 times since.

His goalscoring was a big factor in their upturn in form during the latter part of August and in to September when he was on the scoresheet in four games in succession.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the fourth competitive encounter between the sides and the previous three have all ended 2-1 – with Pools on the winning end of the scoreline just once.

This weekend offers Pools the opportunity to chalk up their first double of the season after goals from Luke James and Nicky Featherstone were enough to defeat The Magpies in August.

However, Pools were beaten on their first visit to York Road last term when the BT Sport cameras saw a Dave Tarpey double earn all the points for the hosts despite Padraig Amond’s late penalty.

Alan Dale will take charge of his second Pools game when he’s the man in the middle for Saturday’s trip to Maidenhead United.

The official was on the whistle for our first game of the season at Maidstone United when Pools kicked-off the new campaign with a 1-1 draw in Kent.

In to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, Dale has presided over 11 fixtures this term with his most recent appointment coming at the end of last month when he saw Dover Athletic win at Boreham Wood.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will be able to access live commentary of Saturday afternoon’s game at Maidenhead 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.

Pools fans can order online in advance for Saturday’s game against Maidenhead United or buy on the cash turnstiles at York Road prior to kick-off.

Click here for full ticket information on the weekend fixture.

The bookies are struggling to separate the sides this weekend with both Pools and Maidenhead United rated a 6/4 shot for three points and the draw priced up at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.

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

Hawkes Goal Seals Win For Pools

8 December 2018

Josh Hawkes Ian Randall (Shutter Press)
Josh Hawkes celebrates his goal at Maidenhead United

Josh Hawkes struck a superb first half goal as Pools claimed victory at Maidenhead United to finally – and deservedly – bring to an end their run of seven successive National League defeats.

The young midfielder rifled home his second of the season from the edge of the box after 18 minutes and Pools went on to control the game, particularly after The Magpies had a man sent-off early in the second half.

Craig Hignett opted to make one change to his starting eleven with the inclusion of Myles Anderson in a three-man defence, Kenton Richardson stepped down to the bench after missing a little bit of training during the week with a knee injury.

It was the hosts who began on the front foot and they caused a few minor problems in the opening stages with Pools conceding the day’s first corner within a minute.

However, as the game developed, Hignett’s men got in to their stride and looked comfortable knocking the ball around on a heavy and difficult York Road pitch.

Nicky Featherstone and Liam Noble got about their work confidently in the engine room and Hawkes was again causing issues for the opposition defence by popping up between the lines to get on the ball.

Every time Pools went forward the home defence looked vulnerable and when Featherstone laid a ball along the edge of the box for Hawkes, the youngster took a touch to steady himself before unleashing a low drive which flashed underneath keeper Carl Pentney and flew in to the net.

Pools continued to look the more likely to find another goal but The Magpies direct style was being aided by a strong wind in their favour and Pentney’s huge clearances meant concentration had to be at an optimum for the defence.

An added threat was the long throw of Maidenhead midfielder James Comley though Pools stood firm in the face of a couple of dangerous deliveries in to the area.

There was a blow ten minutes before half-time when Peter Kioso fell heavily and injured his ankle, leading to a prolonged period of treatment after which the defender was stretchered from the field with suspected ankle ligament damage.

The setback didn’t seem to knock Pools out of their stride though, with Richardson brought on in his place and seamlessly slotting in to the back three.

Indeed Pools could have increased their lead before the break when the ball fell nicely for Noble on the edge of the area but his curling drive was blocked by a defender with Pentney scrambling across his goal.

Within five minutes of the restart the complexion of an increasingly niggly game changed when Comley lunged in on Nicky Featherstone and referee Alan Dale – only yards from the incident – had little hesitation in reaching for a red card.

The sending-off brought an even greater spring in the step for the likes of Featherstone and Noble who kept on the move and found yet more space to keep the ball moving and maintain possession.

A slip from Maidenhead left-back Rene Steer almost proved costly when Hawkes seized on the loose ball on the right side of the penalty area and sent a low cross in to the front post for Niko Muir but his flick on goal was well blocked by Pentney and the hosts survived.

Pools kept the lion’s share of possession as Magpies boss Alan Devonshire shuffled his pack in search of a route back in to the game but even the introduction of former loan man Ryan Bird – who has scored against us for both Dover and Yeovil in the past – could not inspire a comeback.

Some determined defending was required as time wore on and there were a few nerves as the full-time whistle crept ever closer but in the end there were scenes of celebration when the contest came to a conclusion.

A battling, gritty and determined display and a much-needed three points – now for the job of finding a new permanent manager to ensure performances like these are repeated much more often between now and the end of April.

Full Time: Maidenhead United 0 Pools 1

Attendance: 1,157.

Booked: Featherstone, Kitching, Hawkes, Noble.

Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Obileye (Cole 63), Kilgour, Comley, Kelly, Worsfold (Odametey 78), Nana-Twumasi, Clifton (Bird 71), Massey.
Subs Not Used: Owusu, Peters. 

Pools: Loach, Kioso (Richardson 35), Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson, Featherstone, Noble, Kitching, Hawkes (McLaughlin 83), Muir, James.
Subs Not Used: Richardson, Butler, O’Neill, Dinanga.

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Ticket News

Tickets Available Now For Maidenhead

6 December 2018

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York Road is home to Maidenhead United

Here's all the information you need if you want to follow the lads at York Road this weekend.

Pools fans can buy their tickets online in advance or on the gates prior to kick-off for our National League trip to Maidenhead United on Saturday 8th December (3pm kick-off).

Click here to head online and buy your tickets in advance for the game at York Road.

Adults - £15
Seniors (65+) - £10
Students (with valid NUS Card) - £10
UB40 - £10
Under 16s – 5

Ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters will pay as per their relevant age category and can claim a free carer’s ticket if required.

The Magpies are also offering hospitality to visiting supporters – the offer includes a pre-match meal, a Matchday Programme and a guaranteed seat for a cost of £35 for adults, £30 for concessions and £25 for children. These can also be booked online by following the link above.

While Maidenhead do not have any parking available at the ground on matchdays, if you require disabled parking then there are two car parks opposite York Road which have disabled spaces.

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