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Kick off 12:00 (UK)

07 July 2018 Venue Bedford Terrace Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Billingham Town
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Hartlepool United

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Match Reports

Pools Open Pre-Season With Draw

7 July 2018

Conor Newton Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Conor Newton in action at Billingham Town

Pools were made to settle for a draw in their first outing of pre-season as a dogged Billingham Town gave them a good workout at Bedford Terrace on Saturday.

The hosts got their noses in front early in the second half of a competitive affair in the sunshine but Pools got level through trialist Harry Middleton’s long-range effort, though they couldn’t find a winner.

Matthew Bates opted to mix up his squad with the plan to play two entirely different elevens in each half against the Northern League side and he also took the chance to run the rule over a Middleton and fellow trialist Connor Higgins.

The first real chance of the game fell to trialist Connor Higgins but he could only fire wide, while Louis Laing tested the Town keeper with a low drive following a determined run out of defence with the ball.

Lewis Hawkins stole the ball high up the field and charged in to the box but could only strike a volley too high and Conor Newton steered another effort just wide after good work from Jake Cassidy and Peter Kioso on the right.

Michael Woods had arguably the best chance of the opening half when he chased in to the box on the end of a good Cassidy flick-on but his powerful effort flew well over the bar and the sides went in goalless at the break.

Town went in front seven minutes in to the second period when Pools gave up possession cheaply in midfield and Craig Hutchinson’s shot took a deflection before looping up over Ryan Catterick and in to the net.

Pools suffered a further blow when they lost Paddy McLaughlin to injury just afterwards, with Middleton reintroduced to the action from the bench.

Myles Anderson glanced a header wide from a left wing corner and Niko Muir saw his near post header well tipped over by the keeper after a good delivery from Ryan Donaldson.

Pools leveller came on 75 minutes when Middleton tried his luck with a swerving effort from twenty yards which flew in to the top corner – a great strike to bring the scores level.

Middleton saw another effort well tipped over the bar by the keeper and Mark Kitching struck a shot wide after a good through ball by Nicky Featherstone.

Liam Noble played a good one-two with Muir on the edge of the box but fired a powerful shot just wide and Josh Hawkes came close to winning it right at the death but his long-range effort was just too high.

Full Time: Billingham Town 1 Pools 1

Pools First Half: Loach, Miller, Davies, Laing, Middleton, Kioso, Newton, Woods, Hawkins, Cassidy, Higgins.

Pools Second Half: Catterick, Richardson, Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson, Noble, Featherstone, Kitching, McLaughlin (Middleton 55), Hawkes, Muir.

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Ticket News

Ticket Prices For Billingham Town Friendly

5 July 2018

Carl Magnay Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Carl Magnay in action against Billingham Town last pre-season

Here’s all the information you need if you want to see Pools in action at Billingham Town this weekend.

Matthew Bates’ men will play their first friendly of pre-season on Saturday when they make the short trip to face Billingham Town at Bedford Terrace (12noon kick-off).

Prices for the game will be £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, with cash-only turnstiles in operation on the day.

As well as the main car park, Town will be opening up the playing field behind the goal for supporters to park for the game.

Alternatively, there is free parking at the South end of Cowpen Lane and at the East end of Central Avenue which are only short walks from the ground.

Click here for full information on making your way to Billingham Town.

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