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Preview: Pools v Gateshead

31 December 2018

Hartlepool United v Gateshead Funkee Monkey
Hartlepool United v Gateshead

We look ahead to the New Year’s Day action with a full and in-depth preview of Gateshead’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Gateshead
National League
Tuesday 1st January 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Gateshead remain in the National League play-off places on the back of three wins from four and will arrive at The Super 6 Stadium high on confidence.

Steve Watson’s men have recovered quickly after suffering back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season at the end of October and have emerged as serious contenders for a top seven finish.

The Tynesiders have been almost as good on the road as they have been on home soil this term – indeed, no team in the division can boast more than their seven away wins in 2018/19.

Star Player
With Luke Armstrong heading back to Middlesbrough after his loan spell at Gateshead, there may be more responsibility falling on the shoulders of fellow front man Scott Boden.

The former Wrexham and Newport County hit man has plundered eight National League goals so far this season, including the equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with FC Halifax Town.

Boden moved to The International Stadium during the summer and the 29-year-old proved a handful when the sides met on Boxing Day so Pools will be on their guard against him in the return fixture.

Head To Head
The New Year’s Day game will be the 57th competitive meeting between the clubs over the years and Gateshead have the edge having won 26 times in comparison to Pools’ 16 victories.

Both of last season’s games ended in draws but, following their Boxing Day win, Gateshead have the chance to secure their first double over Pools since 1949/50.

It was in that campaign almost 70 years ago that The Tynesiders enjoyed their last victory in Hartlepool – they’ve had twelve unsuccessful attempts in the time since.

Last Meeting
Saturday 17th March 2018
Gateshead 2 (Armstrong) Pools 1 (Noble pen 87)

Gateshead: Pears, Tinkler, Barrow (O’Donnell 51), Kerr, Williamson, Mellish, Hunter, White (s/o 84), Molyneux, Armstrong, Boden (Rigg 65).
Subs not used: Foden, Devitt, Thomson.

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Davies, Rodgers, Kitching, Magnay, Noble, Hawkins (James 51), Newton (Hawkes 81), Donaldson, Muir.
Subs not used: Anderson, Featherstone, McLaughlin.

Daniel Middleton will take charge of his fourth Pools game on New Year’s Day when he’s the man in the middle for our fixture with Gateshead.

He oversaw our 2-1 win at FC Halifax Town in September during which he sent off two home players, while he was also on the whistle for our extraordinary 3-3 draw at AFC Fylde in March as well as our 1-1 home draw with Sutton United last October.

Middleton’s most recent appointment came at Barrow on Saturday when he was referee for The Bluebirds dramatic televised 3-2 win over promotion-chasing Salford City.

Live Coverage
There’ll be full live online commentary of the New Year’s Day game with Gateshead on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

So if you can’t get along to The Super 6 Stadium then make sure you’re logged-on and listening as Mark Simpson keeps you right up to date on the action as it unfolds.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD for the rest of the season for just £24.99.

Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 11am until kick-off on Tuesday.

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 games at The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools have been made slight 7/5 favourites for three points on New Year’s Day, while visitors Gateshead are priced at 9/5 and the bookies have the draw at odds of 21/10.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and check out a full list of odds and price boosts ahead of kick-off.

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Match Reports

New Year Victory For Pools

1 January 2019

Pools v Gateshead Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Liam Noble celebrates his goal over Gateshead.

Pools got 2019 off to a good start with a 2-1 win over Gateshead at The Super 6 Stadium.

An early Liam Noble penalty was cancelled out by the visitors on the hour mark but Paddy McLaughlin quickly restored the lead as Richard Money's men started off the year with three points. 

Pools started off this afternoon where they had finished things with Gateshead on Boxing Day at The International Stadium, with Liam Noble stepping up to take a spot kick.

Ryan Donaldson burst forward at pace only to be tripped as he pushed on into the box and, with the official close by, he pointed straight to the spot.

Noble stepped up to take the kick and made no mistake as he sent Mark Foden the wrong way to finish into the bottom left corner of the net.

The seventh-minute goal started off a lively first half from Pools, who showed plenty of attacking intent throughout.

Gateshead went closest to equalising on 20 minutes when Robbie Tinkler cracked a left-footed strike from distance at goal, which had everyone beat but bounced against the angle of the goal before Pools cleared out.

Luke James tried his luck from the edge of the box  but his effort was held by Foden at his near post, while Josh Hawkes sent an effort from distance into the Gateshead fans behind the goal.

A dangerous cross in from Connor Thompson from the right almost caught Pools out but Scott Loach did well to claw the effort away as the ball looked to creep under the bar.

It was Pools who edged the first half here at The Super 6 Stadium, but Gateshead showed enough to suggest there would be more goals needed in this game to take victory.

And it was Gateshead who had the first chance of the second half as a cross from O’Donnell on the left was fired at goal by Steven Rigg. Scott Loach pulled off a great reaction save to block that effort but the rebound fell nicely for Scott Boden, who fired high over the bar from close range under pressure from Myles Anderson.

The visitors drew level on the hour mark as a freekick into the box from the right sailed through the area where Donaldson rose highest but saw his attempted clearance deflect past Loach and into the far corner of the net to make it 1-1.

Pools were back ahead though on 66 minutes as sub Paddy McLaughlin finished off a good move involving Noble, Muir and Kioso to slot the ball calmly past Foden to put his side 2-1 up.

Noble had done well to win the ball back in the middle of the pitch and he played it up for Muir who exchanged a quick pass with Kioso on the edge of the area before playing it forward for the former Gateshead man McLaughlin to skip through and score the goal.

Connor Thompson fired a volley over the bar from just inside the box as the visitors looked for just as quick a response to Pools’ goal.

The remainder of the game was lively, with both teams pushing forward where possible and, while there were no more goals this afternoon, Pools were good value for the New Year's Day win. 

Full Time: Pools 2 Gateshead 1

Attendance: 3468 (426 Gateshead)

Booked: Kitching

Pools: Loach, Richardson (Kioso 46), Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, Noble, Donaldson, Hawkes (McLaughlin 60), Muir, James.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Butler, Scott.

Gateshead: Foden, Tinkler, Hunter (McGeoch 84), Kerr, Williamson, Thompson, Rigg, Mellish, O’Donnell (Salkeld 71), Boden, Molyneux.
Subs Not Used: Devitt, Lumsden.

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