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Preview: Harrogate Town v Pools

18 January 2019

Harrogate Town v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Harrogate Town v Hartlepool United

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

Harrogate Town v Pools
National League
Saturday 19th January 2019, 12.35pm
The CNG Stadium

In Opposition
Harrogate Town have emerged as one of the surprise packages in the National League this term and remain among the play-off places ahead of this weekend’s game against Pools.

Simon Weaver’s side were brimming with confidence on the back of promotion from National League North last term and have carried that momentum in to a brilliant 2018/19 campaign.

Just one defeat in their opening 16 games of the season made their intentions clear and the ambitious North Yorkshire outfit have stunned many teams along the way this term.

They have suffered their first real dip in form over the past month having taken just one point from the last available 15 but it will be hoped their FA Trophy success at Dover Athletic last weekend can prove the catalyst for a return to form.

Star Player
Jack Muldoon has enjoyed an excellent first season in Harrogate Town colours having joined the club in the summer from AFC Fylde.

The 29-year-old has plenty of National League experience and helped Lincoln City win promotion from the division during the 2016/17 campaign.

Muldoon is already in to double figures when it comes to National League goals this term and he hit the net twice last weekend as Simon Weaver’s men won 2-1 at Dover Athletic in the FA Trophy.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the second competitive meeting between the two clubs following August’s 2-2 draw at The Super 6 Stadium.

The sides have locked horns in pre-season friendlies a couple of times in recent years, Pools winning 3-0 at Harrogate in July 2011 but losing 2-1 on their most recent visit in July 2017.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 7th August 2018
Pools 2 (Muir 53, Cassidy 70) Harrogate Town 2 (Knowles 60, Howe 90)

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Davies, Magnay, Kitching, Featherstone (McLaughlin 68), Noble, Cassidy, Muir (Newton 87), James.
Subs not used: Anderson, Woods, Dinanga.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Howe, Langmead, Kitching, Falkingham, Burrell, Thomson, Emmett, Knowles, Williams, Muldoon (Leesley 76).
Subs not used: Parker, Cracknell, Agney, Kerry.

Referee
Marc Edwards will take charge of his third Pools game of the season when he’s on the whistle for our weekend trip to Harrogate Town.

The official hasn’t brought us much luck in his previous appointments this season having seen us beaten 1-0 at home by Ebbsfleet United in August, while he also oversaw our 3-0 defeat at Salford City in September.

Edwards was also in the middle for our loss to Eastleigh on home soil last term and our defeat at Halifax last February though he did see us win when we beat Bromley 2-1 at The Vic in March.

His most recent National League outing came on New Year’s Day when he was on duty at AFC Fylde for their goalless draw with Barrow.

Live Coverage
Saturday’s game is being broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and on BT Sport 4K UHD - the programme begins at 12.15pm.

Alternatively, Pools fans all over the world can join us for full live online commentary of the game on Pools PlayerHD.

We’ll be on-air as usual from The CNG Stadium so if you can’t make it along then make sure you join us on Pools PlayerHD to stay right up to date on the action as it unfolds.

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

Tickets
Saturday’s game is all-ticket and Pools fans are warned that they must not travel without a ticket as there will be none available at The CNG Stadium on the day.

Just over 100 tickets remain available to Pools fans and they will stay on sale from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office until 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

Betting
Harrogate Town have been installed as 8/11 favourites to collect three points on Saturday with Pools out at 10/3 for a victory and the draw priced at 5/2.

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 Beaten At Harrogate Town

19 January 2019

Nicke Kabamba Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Nicke Kabamba scores for Pools on his debut

Pools slipped to defeat in front of the television cameras at The CNG Stadium despite a debut goal for Nicke Kabamba and a penalty save from Scott Loach.

The front man's strike at least gave the near-800 travelling fans something to cheer but wasn't enough to help Pools claim victory over Harrogate who breathed new life in to their play-off charge with a win.

Richard Money opted to hand debuts to all three of his new signings; Michael Raynes dropped in alongside Carl Magnay at the back, Luke Molyneux came in on the wing and Nicke Kabamba was the partner for Jake Cassidy in attack.

It was the hosts who looked the keenest to impress the cameras early on and they immediately forced Pools on the back foot, roared on by a crackling atmosphere.

And they made good of their early threat when Pools failed to fully-clear on the edge of their own box as George Thomson burrowed forward and, when the ball fell loose for Lloyd Kerry, he fired it low past Scott Loach.

The goal seemed to leave Pools shell-shocked and Town could have even scored from the restart when Michael Raynes was caught in possession but Mark Beck took too long deciding what to do with the ball and the chance evaporated.

Raynes showed his worth minutes later though when Town came forward again, this time the debutant did well to slide across and block Thomson’s shot as he threatened to double the lead.

The hosts had a great opportunity to score the second when the referee spotted a pull by Carl Magnay on Beck in the area – much to the astonishment of most of the players and fans. However, Thomson’s low well-placed penalty was brilliantly palmed away by Loach down to his right.

That proved a catalyst for some improvement for Pools and they could have got back on level terms when good work from Jake Cassidy teed up Molyneux to cross and Kabamba’s bullet header was excellently parried at the front post by Town keeper James Belshaw.

Thomson drove an effort wide at the other end as the home side continued to dominate possession but Molyneux’s pinpoint delivery was causing them problems and Raynes should probably have levelled when he got on the end of a free-kick in to the area but nodded it too high.

The second half began in disastrous fashion though as Nicky Featherstone was dispossessed inside the Pools penalty area and Jack Muldoon rifled home an unstoppable shot to make it 2-0 to the hosts.

After that the next goal was always going to be important and it was Pools who nabbed it. Persistent play from Kitching down the left earned him the chance to cross and when Kabamba saw his first header blocked by a defender, he reacted quickest to drive home the rebound.

For all the goal gave Pools hope, it was Town who stayed on top and Loach had to make a good save from Muldoon to prevent Simon Weaver’s men from restoring their two-goal advantage soon after.

Beck then came close to adding a third when a ball in to the box fell his way but half-time substitute Myles Anderson was in the right place to produce a good block.

There was no such luck for Pools on 68 minutes when Kerry found space away down the left wing and he picked out Beck with a deep cross and his pinpoint header dropped in to the net via the underside of the cross bar.

Jake Cassidy had a half-chance to reduce the arrears but curled over from a tight angle but Loach had to make another couple of smart saves near the end as the game became stretched.

However, there was no further breakthrough at either end and it finished 3-1 – Town ending a run of five without a win but Pools slumping to another disappointing defeat.

Full Time: Harrogate Town 3 Pools 1

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Falkingham, Howe, Burrell, Thomson, Emmett (Knowles 82), Beck (Williams 90), Kerry, Muldoon (Woods 79), Kitching.
Subs not used: Leesley, Cracknell.

Booked: Beck.

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Raynes, Magnay (Anderson 46), Kitching, James (Hawkes 63), Donaldson, Featherstone (Kioso 59), Molyneux, Cassidy, Kabamba.
Subs not used: Amos, Muir.

Attendance: 2,000 (725 Pools fans).

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Ticket News

Just 130 Tickets Left For Harrogate Town Game

17 January 2019

The CNG Stadium Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Harrogate Town's CNG Stadium

There are only 130 tickets remaining for Saturday’s National League game against Harrogate Town at The CNG Stadium (12.35pm kick-off).

Pools were sent an allocation of 825 tickets for the fixture and around 130 tickets are still available on general sale from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office.

Town announced on Tuesday that all home areas of the stadium are now sold out for Saturday’s game and have also confirmed that there will be no sales on the day to away supporters.

Pools fans who want to be at the fixture need to purchase in advance with tickets remaining on sale until 3.30pm on Friday, subject to availability.

Prices
Adults - £14
Over 65s - £10
17-21s - £10
16 and Under - £5

Ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters on middle rate DLA/PIP or above will pay the £10 concession rate with a carer admitted free of charge (on the same ticket) subject to proof of status to be shown at the turnstile.

There are covered and uncovered areas for wheelchair users at The CNG Stadium in a neutral section of the ground and in the Main Stand. Harrogate Town’s advice is to report to the Main Office upon arrival and fans can be escorted in to such areas.

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