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Match Previews

Preview: Pools v AFC Telford United

11 January 2019

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Hartlepool United v AFC Telford United

We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of AFC Telford United’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v AFC Telford United
FA Trophy Second Round
Saturday 12th January 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
AFC Telford United have emerged as strong contenders in the race for promotion from National League North on the back of an excellent run of form from Christmas in to the New Year.

The Bucks have won four in a row ahead of their first-ever trip to The Super 6 Stadium this weekend and that sequence of results has seen them move up to fourth and just five points behind leaders Chorley.

Manager Gavin Cowan has also been given the green light to strengthen his squad in recent weeks too and the arrival of Marcus Dinanga on a permanent deal has really excited supporters – though the former Pools loan man is cup-tied this weekend having played for us at Leamington.

The Shropshire outfit have already defeated Darlington and Farsley Celtic on their way to the Second Round of the FA Trophy and set up their meeting with Pools.

Star Player
The Bucks beat off competition from several clubs to land the signature of highly-rated forward Daniel Udoh during the summer and he was in double figures before the end of September.

A strong and powerful centre-forward, Udoh was born in Nigeria but moved to the UK aged 9 and was then nurtured by Luton Town and Stevenage before really making his name at Ilkeston.

His form in front of goal there earned him a move to Crewe Alexandra where he scored on his debut but was then loaned out to Leamington where he continued to find the net regularly.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the first-ever competitive meeting between the two clubs.

Referee
Simeon Lucas will make his first visit of the season to The Super 6 Stadium though he did take charge of four Pools games last term.

His first visit to Hartlepool came last August for our 2-0 defeat to AFC Fylde, while he was also on the whistle for our 0-0 draw at Boreham Wood in November 2017 and our 3-2 triumph over Woking last February and our 1-1 draw with Torquay United in February.

Lucas has now moved in to his second campaign on the National League’s list of referees and his most recent outing came at Wrexham last Saturday when he oversaw Dover Athletic’s surprise 1-0 victory.

Competition Rules
If Saturday’s game ends in a draw then the tie will go to a replay which is scheduled to take place at New Buck’s Head this coming Tuesday evening.

As in the National League, clubs are permitted to name five substitutes on their bench and a maximum of three of these can be used on Saturday.

Live Coverage
Brian Honour is back alongside Mark Simpson for full live commentary of Saturday’s game against The Bucks on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

We bring you full live online coverage of every game throughout the season so if you can’t get along then Pools PlayerHD is the next best place to follow the action.

Pools PlayerHD is available now until the end of June for just £24.99 so click here now for more information about signing-up in time for kick-off this weekend.

Tickets
We’ve reduced ticket prices for Saturday’s game to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions – these will be available both in advance and on the day as detailed below.

Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 12noon until kick-off on Saturday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.

Click here for more information on buying tickets for Saturday's game.

Betting
Pools are 8/13 favourites to win the tie on Saturday, with visitors AFC Telford United rated a 4/1 shot for victory and bookies reckon it’s a 13/5 shot for the game to go to a replay.

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

FA Trophy Defeat For Pools

12 January 2019

Pools were knocked out of the FA Trophy this afternoon after falling to a 2-1 defeat to AFC Telford United.

There was a goal in each half from the visitors, who worked Richard Money's side hard all afternoon and took the win to progress into the next round of the competition. Myles Anderson grabbed a late consolation for Pools but the 93rd-minute effort proved nothing more. 

The game didn’t get off to the best start for Pools as the visitors broke forward to take the lead after just seven minutes.

Daniel Udoh crossed a ball in from the left that made its way through to Amari Morgan-Smith who put it past Scott Loach from close range.

Pools took a few minutes to recover from the goal but did start to see more of the ball, with Mark Kitching getting down the left to whip a decent cross into the box, which forced the defender to head over the bar.

But with 17 minutes on the clock, Telford should have been 2-0 up as another good link-up between Udoh and Morgan-Smith following a slip at the back by Pools saw them break into the box. But with Udoh hesitating before taking his shot, Nicky Featherstone was able to get back and clear the danger.

Ryan Donaldson pulled the first real save of the game from visiting keeper Andrew Wycherley as he fired in a powerful low freekick, which sailed through the area but was held at the near post by the keeper.

There was a chance for Luke James to get Pools a much-needed leveller before the break when he was fed the ball by Niko Muir after good work down the left but James saw his effort go high.

The visitors were organised and worked their game plan well, sending the long ball up to the front two of Morgan-Smith and Udoh who were both a real handful for the Pools backline.

Telford were also very confident in their approach, highlighted with an ambitious effort from Brendon Daniels who took a punt at goal from a wide left position, sending the ball just over the bar.

And it was the visitors who finished the first half on top, with Pools needing to find a way back into the game in the second forty-five minutes.

Money made a couple of changes at half time, bringing Anderson and Hawkes on and switching to three at the back as he looked to find a way to deal with the threat from the visitors.

Pools had work to do at the back early in the second half as Morgan-Smith saw his shot at goal cleared off the line by Danny Amos.

At the other end, Luke James went agonisingly close to getting the equaliser for Pools as he smashed an effort at goal that hit against the woodwork, bouncing down off the underside of the bar before the visitors were able to clear.

On 67 minutes, Telford grabbed a second goal after Shane Sutton saw his headed effort put onto the post by Loach, Daniel Udoh was quickest to react as he arrived to fire the loose ball into the back of the net.

Pools saw much more of the ball in the remaining minutes but it was the visitors who looked more like scoring, with Udoh going closest with a shot across goal that scraped wide of the far post.

Amos had a hopeful shot late in the game for Pools to finish off a decent move but his shot from a wide angle went over the bar. 

Myles Anderson headed home a 93rd-minute consolation for Pools but there was no time left as the game finished in defeat and exit from this year's FA Trophy. 

Full Time: Pools 1 AFC Telford United 2

Attendance: 1920 (95 AFC Telford United)

Booked: Donaldson (90)

Pools: Loach, Richardson (Hawkes 46), Rodgers, Magnay, Amos, Donaldson, Featherstone, McLaughlin (Kioso 58), James, Muir, Kitching (Anderson 46).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Scott.

AFC Telford United: Wycherley, White, Deeney, Royle, Sutton, Streete, Barnett (McQuilkin 63), Daniels (Morley 81), Morgan-Smith, Udoh (Brown 88), Knights.
Subs Not Used: Cowans, Barnes-Homer.

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Ticket News

Cut-Price Telford Tickets Still Available

11 January 2019

The Super 6 Stadium Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
The Super 6 Stadium

We’ve cut the cost of tickets for our FA Trophy tie against AFC Telford United and they’re on sale right now from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office.

Richard Money’s men will host the National League North outfit in the Second Round of the FA Trophy this coming Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Ticket prices have been dropped to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions so it’s hoped we can attract a good crowd to help cheer the lads on to the next stage of the competition.

The Ticket Office is open from 10am until kick-off for fans wanting to buy tickets for the game on Saturday.

Prices
Adults - £10
Seniors - £5
Students - £5
Under 19s - £5
Under 5s – Free

Click here now to buy your tickets for this game online.

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