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Preview: AFC Fylde v Pools

12 March 2019

AFC Fylde v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
AFC Fylde v Hartlepool United

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
National League
Tuesday 12th March 2019, 7.45pm
Mill Farm

In Opposition
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.

Star Player
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.

Last Meeting
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.

Live Coverage
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.

Click here now to join Pools PlayerHD in time for kick-off.

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.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

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.

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

Defeat For Pools At AFC Fylde

12 March 2019

Josh Hawkes Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Josh Hawkes in action at AFC Fylde

Craig Hignett suffered his first away defeat since his return as Hartlepool United's manager as Storm Gareth blew Pools off-course at AFC Fylde.

Gale-force conditions at Mill Farm caused untold problems for both clubs who, nonetheless, produced an entertaining game of football.
Danny Rowe gave the Coasters a third-minute lead but Pools levelled in the first minute of the second half through Ryan Donaldson.
Pools were unlucky to go behind to a Fraser Kerr own goal but when Josh Hawkes's corner went straight in it was 2-2 with 15 minutes left.
Pools looked good to go on and win it but a freak Rowe goal put the promotion-chasers 3-2 up with sub Lewis Walters getting a flattering fourth in the last minute.
Mill Farm should have been re-named Wind Farm for the night and there was a whirlwind start from the hosts.
Nick Haughton flashed a first-minute shot just wide of Scott Loach's left stick before the keeper had to be alert to snuff out the threat of Danny Philliskirk.
But Fylde were ahead on two minutes, 11 seconds.
Rowe picked top the ball 25 yards out and moved forward with some neat footwork before pulling the trigger,  his grass-cutter finding its way into Loach's bottom left corner.
It should have been two inside four minutes but Jordan Tunnicliffe contrived to miss with a close-range header when it seemed easier to score.
At the other end, Luke James almost pulled one back with his left-foot effort narrowly wide.
Fylde forced five corners with wreaked havoc but, each time, Pools with a mixture of grit and coolness under pressure, got the ball clear.
After that initial early burst, Pools settled and played some good stuff in horrific conditions with Josh Hawkes and Luke Molyneux causing the all-whites plenty of trouble.
So too was Nicke Kabamba who cut in on his left foot on 20 minutes with his thumping shot bringing a strong stop from Jay Lynch.
Molyneux had a couple of shots blocked by the home defence and Zaine-Francis Angel did well to scramble the ball clear as James threatened to go clear.
Despite being a goal down, Craig Hignett would probably have been the happier of the two bosses at the break.
And he was ecstatic inside the first minute of the second period.
Given the conditions, Donaldson decided to pull the trigger from outside the box and his decision was the right one as his shot deceived Lynch in the wind and dropped in.
With the wind in their sails, Pools were soon on the attack again and Molyneux flashed a shot wide from the right.
However, against the run of play, the Coasters regained the lead in the 56th minute.
Arlen Birch whipped in a wicked cross from the right and the helpless Kerr could only deflect it into his own net from 12 yards.
It was almost 3-1 in the 62nd minute with Pools grateful to a wonder save by Loach from Haughton's shot with Kerr clearing the loose ball off his line.
The wind, having assisted the Pools for their opener, duly helped for the 75th-minute equaliser.
Pools won corners on each side of the park and when Hawkes whipped one in from the left into a crowded six-yard box it eluded everyone and ended in Lynch's net.
And the crazy conditions contributed heavily to Fylde's third when a cross from the right ricocheted up for Rowe to nod past Loach for his 25th goal of the season.
There were two pieces of good fortune for Fylde's match-sealing fourth goal in the last minute.
Substitute Serhat Tasdemir looked a yard offside as he broke down the left. His shot hit the inside of Loach's post and rebounded kindly for fellow sub Walteres who tapped in.


Full Time: AFC Fylde 4 Pools 2

Attendance: 1,272

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Francis-Angol, Byrne, Tunnicliffe, Croasdale, Rowe, Philliskirk (Walters 78), Crawford, Birch, Haughton (Brewitt 90), Reid (Tasdemir 55)
Subs Not Used: Hemmings, Odusina.

Pools: Loach, Kioso (Noble 86), Kerr, Edgar, Anderson, Featherstone, Donaldson, Molyneux, Hawkes, James, Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Kitching, Amos, Hawkins, Muir.

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Ticket News

Buy Online Now For AFC Fylde Game

11 March 2019

Mill Farm AFC Fylde
Mill Farm is home to AFC Fylde

Here is all the ticket information you need if you want to follow Pools in action at Mill Farm.

Pools fans can purchase their tickets in advance online for our National League trip to AFC Fylde on Tuesday 12th March (7.45pm kick-off).

Tickets will also be available on the day but fans are encourage to buy in advance where possible to avoid queuing prior to kick-off. No booking fee applies to online purchases.

Supporters can simply go online and print off tickets at home which can be taken straight to the turnstiles on the day of the game.

Click here to buy tickets online right now.


Adults - £18
Under 16s - £10

Adults - £14
Under 16s - £5

Disabled fans will pay as per their relevant age category and are entitled to a free ticket for a carer if required.

There are limited free parking spaces onsite as well as an overflow car park which is £5 per car.

If you're travelling by train then the stadium is a 10-minute welk from Kirkham & Wesham Station.

Visiting fans are welcome in Bradley's Sports Bar at Mill Farm where live sport is on the screens and food and drink will be available.

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