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Preview: Eastleigh v Pools

29 March 2019

Eastleigh v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Eastleigh v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to The Silverlake Stadium.

Eastleigh v Pools
National League
Saturday 30th March 2019, 3pm
The Silverlake Stadium

In Opposition
When Eastleigh were beaten 3-0 at Ebbsfleet United in their final game of 2018, they fell six points off the pace in the fight for a top-seven spot in the National League.

However, The Spitfires have really found top gear during the New Year so far and an astonishing run of eight wins from their 11 games since has them in pole position for the final play-off place.

Ben Strevens has orchestrated a sensational run of form which meant that their 1-0 home defeat to Barrow a fortnight ago came as a real shock to the system.

Since then, the Eastleigh boss has been able to strengthen his hand by bringing talented midfielder Sam Matthews back for a third loan spell at The Silverlake Stadium to help galvanise their play-off charge.

Having finished in the bottom half of the division in each of the last two seasons, 2018/19 has marked a return to where the Hampshire outfit feel they belong as they look to challenge for a place in the EFL for the first time in their history.

Star Player
Only AFC Fylde’s Danny Rowe has scored more National League goals than Paul McCallum this term – and the Eastleigh forward’s form is a big factor in their chase for a play-off spot.

The 25-year-old has smashed home 22 goals in the league so far, including the equaliser in The Spitfires’ 1-1 draw at The Super 6 Stadium back in September.

He re-joined the club during the summer after a season with Welling and has gone on to enjoy a campaign to remember so Pools will need to keep a close eye on the front man this weekend.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the fourth competitive meeting between the sides and Pools are still searching for their first victory over the South West London outfit.

Pools did collect a point on their only previous visit to Gander Green Lane in April when Josh Hawkes’ goal cancelled out Ross Lafayette’s opener in a 1-1 draw.

However, Sutton won a topsy-turvy game at The Super 6 Stadium earlier this term as Pools came from behind to lead 2-1 only to throw away the points in a 3-2 defeat.

Last Meeting
Saturday 15th September
Pools 1 (Muir 24) Eastleigh 1 (McCallum 70)

Pools: Loach, Donaldson (Richardson 43), Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, McLaughlin (Woods 80), Noble, Muir, James (Dinanga 80).
Subs not used: Hawkes, Newton.

Eastleigh: Stack, Hare, Johnson, Wynter, Jones, Gobern, Yeates, Miley, Payne, McCallum, Dennet (Zebroski 60).
Subs not used: Flitney, Boyce, Hollands, Constable.

Richard Hulme will referee a Pools game for the fifth time this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to face Eastleigh.

Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, Hulme was also the man on the whistle for our 4-3 defeat at The Silverlake Stadium last term – a game in which he sent-off Carl Magnay late on.

Indeed, the official has shown a red card in three of his four previous Pools appointments – he also dismissed Nicky Deverdics at Dover Athletic last season and Solihull Moors skipper Kyle Storer during our win at Damson Park in September.

Hulme’s most recent outing came at Leyton Orient in midweek when he saw The O’s tighten their grip on top spot with a 2-0 win over AFC Fylde.

Live Coverage
If you can’t get to Eastleigh then you can join Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live online commentary from The Silverlake Stadium.

Mark will be on-air from 2.50pm to keep you right up to date with the action as it unfolds with Craig Hignett’s men looking to build on last weekend’s win over Wrexham.

Click here to join Pools PlayerHD in time to listen to the live commentary of Saturday’s game.

Pools fans can make a saving by buying tickets online ahead of the deadline at 5pm on Friday, though there will also be tickets available on the turnstiles at a higher rate.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

Eastleigh have been installed as 11/10 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Pools rated a 21/10 shot for the win and a draw priced up at 9/4.

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 Eastleigh

30 March 2019

Myles Anderson Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press
Myles Anderson in action at Eastleigh

Pools paid the price for not being ruthless enough in either final third as they fell to a frustrating 3-2 defeat at the hands of Eastleigh at The Silverlake Stadium on Saturday.

Craig Hignett’s men had been the better side during the first half and could have been out of sight had it not been for some sloppy defending of set-pieces and the heroics of the home keeper.

Indeed all three of the host’s goals arrived from corners during an engaging contest in which Pools more than played their part but too often shot themselves in the foot.

The game exploded in to life within ninety seconds when a clever corner kick saw Ben Williamson rifle the hosts in front with a clean right-foot strike having run on to Mark Yeates’ low delivery in to the front post.

The setback rocked Pools and they took a couple of minutes to clear their heads before getting back on the front foot and pressing for a leveller.

And it came on just six minutes when the recalled Luke James let fly from 25 yards and his shot cannoned back off the post to Kitching who simply knocked it in to the net from twelve yards to make it 1-1.

The game was being played at a frantic pace and Pools could have gone in front minutes later when Liam Noble’s drive was only parried by Luke Southwood in the Eastleigh goal but Luke Molyneux’s follow-up was cleared off the line.

On 14 minutes the hosts restored the lead, though. Another right-wing corner was this time hung up to the far post from where it was headed back across goal and prodded in to the net from close range by Alex Wynter.

Again Pools responded positively though and could have equalised once more when Noble chipped a lovely ball through to Molyneux whose first touch took him in to the box but his low shot was well blocked by Southwood.

Craig Hignett had warned his players about Eastleigh’s prowess from set-pieces before the game but they were almost caught out for a third time midway through the first half but this time Scott Loach produced a brilliant save to block Wynter’s header.

James then scampered away in to space on the edge of the box and sent Nicke Kabamba through on goal but again Southwood came out quickly, made himself big and blocked the shot behind.

Pools were on top now though and Ryan Donaldson drew another fine save from the home keeper with a long-range drive before then drilling a shot inches over after Eastleigh failed to fully-clear the resultant corner.

Molyneux was an increasing concern for The Spitfires as the half wore on and when he took the ball on the half turn and drove towards goal everyone expected him to shoot only for the loan star to brilliantly disguise a clever ball to Kabamba who was once again denied by Southwood heroics.

There was even time for James to try his luck when he spun sharply on the edge of the box but his shot looped just wide of the target thanks to a deflection off a defender.

The half-time dressing room must have been positive but all that was undone within two minutes of the restart when Eastleigh converted another corner – this time centre-back Shaun Hobson drilling home from close range after a clever short-corner from Matthews and Yeates.

For a spell afterwards Pools were on the ropes and the home side could have made it 4-1 when Williamson got through on the left side of the area but Loach got enough on his shot to deflect it on to the far post and out to safety.

As the second half developed, Hignett’s men once again regained their composure and began to press for a route back in to the game and it duly arrived on 71 minutes when Noble hoisted a cross to the far post where Kabamba’s perfect header flew back across Southwood and in to the net.

The Spitfires had another set-piece goal ruled out for offside, while substitute Chris Zebroski ought to have done better when he was played in down the middle but struck a tame shot straight at Loach.

Pools through the proverbial kitchen sink at their hosts in the closing stages, with Josh Hawkes and Niko Muir both thrown on to add further firepower in the search for another leveller but Eastleigh hung on to the points.

Full Time: Eastleigh 3 Pools 2

Attendance: 1863

Booked: Noble (45), KIoso (63)

Eastleigh: Southwood, Hare, Wynter, Hobson, Boyce, Green, Jones (Miley 68), Hollands, Matthews (Zebroski 76), Yeates (Gobern 84), Williamson.
Subs Not Used: McKnight, Dennett.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kitching (Muir 90), Edgar, Anderson, Featherstone, Donaldson (Hawkes 76), Noble (Holohan 87) Molyneux, James, Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Amos, Richardson.

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Ticket News

Make A Saving On Eastleigh Tickets

29 March 2019

The Silverlake Stadium Getty Images
The Silverlake Stadium is home to Eastleigh

Here's all the information you need if you want to follow the lads in action at Eastleigh this weekend.

Pools fans can make a saving by buying in advance online for our National League fixture at Eastleigh on Saturday 30th March (3pm kick-off).

Advance sales are open until 5pm on Friday 29th March and no online booking fee is applicable online - click here now.

Tickets will be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off on the day of the game at Crabble Athletic Ground but supporters are urged to buy in advance to avoid queuing.

Pools fans will be located in the Mackoy Community Stand which is all-seating but there will be the opportunity to move on to the terrace if that is preferred.

Advance Prices
Adults - £12
Over 60s - £8
Students (with valid NUS Card) - £8
Under 18s - £4
Under 7s – Free

On The Day Prices
Adults - £15
Over 60s - £10
Students (with valid NUS Card) - £10
Under 18s - £5
Under 7s – Free

Ambulant/wheelchair disabled fans pay as per their relevant ago category and are entitled to a free carer if required.

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