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Preview: Ebbsfleet United v Pools

19 February 2019

Ebbsfleet United v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Ebbsfleet United v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Tuesday night’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to The Kuflink Stadium.

Ebbsfleet United v Pools
National League
Tuesday 19th February 2019, 7.45pm
The Kuflink Stadium

In Opposition
Ebbsfleet United have given themselves real hope of snatching a play-off spot on the back of an excellent run of form in the National League over recent months.

The Kent outfit were well off the pace at the start of November but the arrival of Garry Hill to replace Daryl McMahon as boss as coincided with a real upturn in results.

Back-to-back defeats to Sutton United and Solihull Moors definitely stung but they responded magnificently at the weekend when a goal three minutes from time secured an excellent 2-1 win at Harrogate Town.

Squad and staff numbers have been reduced in recent times as the club tightens its belt but, if Hill is able to use the little bit of wiggle room he has to bring in some new recruits, then they could yet be part of the play-off shake-up for the second season in succession.

Star Player
Danny Kedwell has continued to terrorise National League defences up and down the country despite turning 35 before the current campaign got underway.

The veteran striker joined Ebbsfleet United just over four years ago and has an astonishing goalscoring record after helping them first win promotion from National League South and then prosper at the higher level.

Kedwell already has a dozen National League strikes to his name this term and the big front man will need to be well marshalled by Pools on Tuesday night if he returns to the starting eleven.

Head To Head
Tuesday’s game will be the fourth meeting between the two sides and Ebbsfleet have won all of the previous three encounters without so much as conceding a goal.

The Fleet did the double over Pools last term, easing to a 3-0 win on home turf in November before earning three points with a 1-0 win at The Vic in February, which they duly repeated on their most recent visit back in August.

Last Meeting
Saturday 11th August 2018
Pools 0 Ebbsfleet United 1 (Whitely 71)

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Kioso (Newton 89), Davies (Laing 56), Magnay, Kitching, McLaughlin, Noble, Cassidy (Dinanga 67), Muir, James.
Subs not used: Donaldson, Featherstone.

Ebbsfleet United: Ashmore, King, Magri, Bush, Powell, Adams (Whitely 61), Drury, Weston, Shields, Kedwell (Payne 79), McQueen (Cheek 67).
Subs not used: Miles, Coulson.

Referee
Will Finnie will take charge of his first-ever Pools game on Tuesday night when he is the man in the middle for our trip to Ebbsfleet United.

The official is still in his first season on the National League’s list of referees and has so far presided over 15 games at this level during 2018/19.

His most recent appointment came at Havant & Waterlooville at the end of last month when he saw them play out a goalless draw with Dover Athletic.

Finnie has flashed five red card so far this term, including one on his last trip to The Kuflink Stadium in September when he sent-off Ebbsfleet defender Kenny Clark.

Live Coverage
You can listen to full live commentary of Saturday’s game with Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm.

Pools PlayerHD’s live coverage is available on any computer, laptop or tablet anywhere in the world and you can even listen in on your smartphone too.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD in time for kick-off on Tuesday.

Tickets
Cash turnstiles will be in operation ahead of Tuesday night’s game at The Kuflink Stadium.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

Betting
Ebbsfleet United are rated 17/20 favourites for the win on Tuesday night with Pools installed at a price of 3/1 for three points and a draw can be backed at odds of 23/10.

Click here now to take a look at all the latest odds and price boosts with our friends at Sky Bet.

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Match Reports

Pools Battle For Point At Ebbsfleet

19 February 2019

Luke James M Bristow, Shutter Press
Luke James in action against Ebbsfleet United.

Pools extended their unbeaten run under Craig Hignett to four games after picking up a point from a battling performance at Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday night.

In truth a point was probably a fair result but few could have argued if Pools had returned home with a victory after producing another performance full of spirit and determination.

Hignett surprised nobody by opting to name an unchanged starting line-up on the back of Saturday’s 4-0 win at Boreham Wood, though Pools were boosted by the return of Luke Molyneux to the bench.

It became apparent from the off that Pools were going to be in for a sterner examination than they had been on Saturday as Ebbsfleet’s front two of Michael Cheek and Cody McDonald immediately looked a threat.

A direct approach up to the front pair was a danger and McDonald almost made one ball in to him pay when he turned skilfully on the right edge of the area before hitting a sweet drive which flew just wide of the left-hand post.

At the other end, Luke James’ keen running was proving something for Fleet to think about, particularly Jack King who saw the game’s first yellow card after having no option but to haul down the Pools striker after he escaped in behind.

McDonald then turned provider for Cheek on 21 minutes, slipping his strike partner clear on the right of the area but he dragged his shot across Scott Loach and agonisingly wide of the far post.

James’ pace was the source of the game’s next opportunity as he spun cleverly from the right wing and darted towards the edge of the box but then drilled a low shot wide of Nathan Ashmore’s upright.

Lanky full-back Chris Bush nodded over a Jack Payne free-kick for the hosts, while Pools responded through Peter Kioso whose instinctive volley was sent too high after good work from Nicke Kabamba.

James got the better of King again down the right-hand side before delivering a low ball in search of Kabamba in the middle but it was put behind for a corner from which Kabamba nodded wide at the front post.

The second half was just as competitive and the hosts almost got their noses in front ten minutes after the restart when Jack Payne’s free-kick was sent just too high to trouble Loach.

Hignett’s men continued to possess a threat on the counter-attack but looked more likely as the contest wore on, James’ running was a constant thorn in Ebbsfleet’s side.

The forward almost made it 1-0 midway through the second period when he turned beautifully on the halfway line before carrying the ball right in to the penalty area where defender Sam Magri got back with a last-ditch challenge.

Pools gained in superiority during the closing stages and Kabamba came close to a moment of history ten minutes from time when Ashmore’s superb fingertip save denied him the chance to enter the record books as the first player to score in their first five games for the Club.

There was an even better chance for Liam Noble when an intricate move saw him trade passes with Nicky Featherstone before preparing to slot home from inside the area before a last-gasp challenge from Bush denied him.

A flurry of Pools corners gave something for the home crowd to worry about as Hignett continued to send his men forward in search of a win but in the end they had to settle for a single point.

Full Time: Ebbsfleet United 0 Pools 0

Booked: Noble (86)

Attendance: 1265

Ebbsfleet United: Ashmore, Wilson, Bush, King, Magri, Payne, Rance, Drury, Weston, McDonald (Whitely 30), Cheek (Kedwell 74).
Subs Not Used: Adams, Moncur, Miles.

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Cunningham, Anderson, Amos (Kitching 86), Featherstone, Noble, Hawkes (Molyneux 68), James (Muir 90), Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Richardson, Hawkins.

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Ticket News

Tickets On The Turnstiles At Ebbsfleet

18 February 2019

The Kuflink Stadium Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
The Kuflink Stadium is home to Ebbsfleet United

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to follow Pools in action at The Kuflink Stadium on Tuesday night.

Pools fans will be able to pay on the gate for our Tuesday evening visit to Ebbsfleet United with the hosts confirming that cash turnstiles will be in operation.

Prices
Adults - £15
Over 60s - £12
Students (with relevant ID) - £12
Junior (12-16) - £7
Under 12 – Free*

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

Above prices apply to the terracing area but there are no plans to segregate at the moment and Ebbsfleet will not charge fans wishing to move across to the seats in the old Main Stand.

*If accompanied by a full-paying adult (a maximum of two per adult).

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