We turn our attentions to Tuesday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to Mill Farm.
AFC Fylde v Pools
Tuesday 12th March 2019, 7.45pm
AFC Fylde have played their way in to the promotion picture after another impressive season engineered by Dave Challinor at Mill Farm.
Having guided The Coasters in to the play-offs last term in what was their first season at National League level, Challinor will still have eyes on an automatic spot this time around.
They remain just six points behind leaders Leyton Orient ahead of Tuesday evening’s round of fixtures and they are well in the mix of what looks set to be an exciting race for promotion.
The Coasters are also still in with a shout of reaching Wembley in the FA Trophy and can look forward to the first leg of their semi-final against Stockport County this coming Saturday.
Danny Rowe has once again proved crucial to AFC Fylde’s successes so far this term and, with 23 National League goals to his name, he’s hit the net more than any other at this level in 2018/19.
Having joined the club back in 2014, his goalscoring exploits have attracted the attention of plenty of other teams but The Coasters have held on to their talisman as they battle for a place in the EFL.
The front man has scored in two of his three games against Pools in the past so Craig Hignett’s men will know all about the threat he poses ahead of their trip to Mill Farm.
Head To Head
AFC Fylde have run out winners in two of the only three previous meetings between the clubs – taking three points on each of their two visits to Hartlepool.
However, The Coasters were denied victory in this fixture at Mill Farm last season in dramatic circumstances as late goals from Jake Cassidy and Devante Rodney saw Pools come from 3-1 down to pinch a point.
Tuesday 27th November 2018
Pools 1 (Noble pen 84) AFC Fylde 2 (Rowe 44, Gnahoua 74)
Pools: Loach, Richardson, Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Donaldson, Hawkes (Muir 79), Featherstone, Newton (O’Neill 66), McLaughlin (Noble 62), James.
Subs not used: Kioso, Butler.
AFC Fylde: Lynch, Francis-Angol, Byrne, Tunnicliffe, Burke, Bond, Croasdale, Philliskirk, Haughton (Hemmings 74), Rowe, Toure (Brewitt 88).
Subs not used: Gnahoua, Tasdemir, Williams.
It will be the first time this season that Simeon Lucas has refereed a Pools fixture when he’s on the whistle for our midweek trip to Mill Farm.
Lucas was in charge when the two sides met at The Super 6 Stadium in August 2017 when The Coasters ran out 2-0 winners during the opening month of last season.
He also saw us draw 0-0 at Boreham Wood, beat Woking 3-2 and draw 1-1 with Torquay United last season.
Lucas has refereed 12 National League game so far this term, his most recent appointment coming last Saturday when he oversaw Harrogate Town’s 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge.
There will be full live commentary of Tuesday’s game at Mill Farm on Pools PlayerHD.
Mark Simpson will be on-air from 7.35pm to build-up to kick-off and then describe all the action as it unfold against The Coasters.
Tickets will be available on the day for Pools fans though there is a facility to buy online and print at home if you would prefer to do this.
AFC Fylde have been installed as 4/6 favourites for victory on Tuesday night, with Pools priced up at 18/5 for three points and a draw available at odds of 13/5.