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Preview: Pools v Maidstone United

4 January 2019

Hartlepool United v Maidstone United Funkee Monkey
Hartlepool United v Maidstone United

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

Pools v Maidstone United
National League
Saturday 5th January 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Maidstone United arrive at The Super 6 Stadium entrenched in a battle to survive in the National League after a torrid first half to the 2018/19 campaign.

Harry Wheeler arrived to replace long-serving Jay Saunders in The Gallagher Stadium dugout in September following a poor start but the former Billericay boss was unable to arrest the slide.

Continued poor form meant Wheeler left the club last month, with former Pools man Simon Walton linking-up with Tristan Lewis to form a caretaker management team.

A 1-0 win at Boreham Wood in the final game of 2018 was a welcome boost but home defeat to rivals Dover Athletic on New Year’s Day means they remain second bottom, four points from safety.

However, Pools can’t afford to take anything for granted – five of The Stones’ six National League victories this season have come on the road so they will fancy their chances in the North East.

Star Player
Will De Havilland has been one of the most consistent figures for The Stones this season during a tumultuous campaign which has seen them use 35 different players in the National League already.

The experienced defender has missed only three league games all season and has played more than any other player in the Maidstone squad this term and he could be vital in the coming months.

De Havilland’s leadership and organisation at the back will be crucial as Maidstone look to claw themselves out of the bottom four and away from relegation danger.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the eighth competitive meeting between the sides and Pools have by far the better record in previous head-to-heads having won five to Maidstone’s one.

The only time The Stones have taken three points off Pools was in the sides’ very first encounter in December 1989 when goals from Russell Doig and Paul Baker weren’t enough for Pools in a 4-2 defeat at Watling Street.

After that Pools held the upper hand, winning five games in a row against the Kent outfit - including doing the doubler over them last term – before the sequence ended with a draw on the opening day of the current campaign.

Last Meeting
Saturday 4th August 2018
Maidstone United 1 (Turgott pen 41) Pools 1 (Noble 42)

Maidstone United: Worgan, McLennan, De Havilland, Finney, Ofori-Twumasi, Lewis, Turgott, Muldoon (Wynter 89), Phillips (Paxman 62), Quigley (Mullings 69), Loza.
Subs not used: Efete, Richards.

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Davies, Magnay, Kitching, Featherstone (Newton 88), Noble, Cassidy, Muir (Hawkes 69), James (Dinanga 80).
Subs not used: Anderson, Woods.

Referee
It will be Declan Bourne’s second Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our National League clash with Maidstone United.

Still in his first season on the National League’s list of referees, Bourne previously took charge of Pools for our goalless draw against Barrow on home turf back in September.

He’s refereed 14 games at this level so far and his most recent outing came last Saturday when he oversaw Wrexham’s 1-0 win over Solihull Moors at The Racecourse Ground.

Live Coverage
Join Mark Simpson for full live online commentary of Saturday’s game against Maidstone United on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

We bring you live coverage of every game on Pools PlayerHD so if you’re unable to get along to The Super 6 Stadium then let us deliver the action to you this weekend!

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
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 games at The Super 6 Stadium.

Betting
Pools are rated big 7/10 favourites for three points this weekend, with visitors Maidstone installed at odds of 7/2 and the bookies offering odds of 5/2 on the draw.

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 Fall To Stones Defeat

5 January 2019

Jake Cassidy Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Jake Cassidy in action for Pools against Maidstone United.

Pools fell to a 2-1 defeat to Maidstone United at The Super 6 Stadium this afternoon.

Two goals from Jack Powell, one at the start and another at the end of the first half, saw The Stones take all three points on a disappointing afternoon for Richard Money's side.

Pools found themselves a goal behind after just four minutes as Jake Robinson crossed into the area from the right and Jack Powell made no mistake as he fired home to make it 1-0.

Money’s side showed the perfect response to the early setback and were level within a minute; a ball across from Josh Hawkes on the right was poked home from close range by none other than Jake Cassidy.

The big striker was making his return to the Pools eleven after a loan spell with The Stones and offered a muted celebration to the goal as such.

Pools went on to dominate much of the half following the goal, looking a threat when in possession and playing some positive, attacking football.

Liam Noble saw a couple of set pieces held by Ethan Ross in the Maidstone goal, while Cassidy’s shot from a Kenton Richardson ball was held by the keeper.

At the other end, Scott Loach made a smart save to deny Charlie Wassmer with a header from just inside the box, while Jake Robinson flashed a shot across goal which crept out at the far post.

Pools then went close as the lively Luke James cut in from the right to flash a pacy ball across the face of goal but it somehow escaped the attentions of both Cassidy and Donaldson before going out at the far post.

But then the second goal came for the visitors and it came in similar fashion to the first; a cross in from Robinson on the right picked out Powell in the middle and he sent his shot past Loach to make it 2-1 on 40 minutes.

 The visitors had the first pressure of the second half but Pools were soon back on the attack as Harvey Rodgers headed just wide with a strong header following a Noble corner in from the left.

Luke James went for goal from 30 yards out with a powerful strike but he saw the ball bounce down on the crossbar and then over, while Donaldson sent a low effort towards the near post which was held by the keeper.

Mark Kitching skipped down the left to open things up for Pools and played the ball square for Magnay on the edge of the box; Magnay fired in low through a crowd but his shot went wide of the near post.

And the Pools defender was in action quickly at the other end as he got in to block a dangerous chance for Powell as he looked to grab his hat-trick for the visitors.

Shortly after, Kitching was in action again down the left as he crossed into the box, where Jake Cassidy rose highest but he sent his header wide of the far post.

In the final ten minutes, the visitors had a couple of chances to add to their lead with Powell sending one effort at Loach before Paxman sent his shot wide of target. Sub Elliott Romain then fired a  defelected shot from close range into the side-netting as Maidstone finished the stronger of the sides.  

Full Time: Pools 1 Maidstone United 2

Attendance: 2929 (61 Maidstone United)

Booked: Kitching (44)

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Anderson, Rodgers, Kitching, Magnay (Kioso 87), Noble, Donaldson, Hawkes (Muir 63), Cassidy, James.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Featherstone, McLaughlin.

Maidstone United: Ross, McLennan, De Havilland, Powell, Paxman, Robinson (Romain 84), Muldoon, Phillips, Taylor, Tajbakhsh (Edobor 65), Wassmer.
Subs Not Used: Walton, Richards, Swaine.

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