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23 March 2019 Venue Victoria Park Attendance

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McGuckin Wants Consistency From Youth Team

22 March 2019

Ian McGuckin
Ian McGuckin

Ian McGuckin has warned his Youth Team players they must not show any complacency as they look for their third victory of the season over Rotherham United on Saturday (12noon kick-off).

After returning to winning ways at Chesterfield last weekend, Pools are back in the race for the Youth Alliance League title but McGuckin knows there is little room for error during the run-in.

They have already beaten The Millers in league and cup this term but McGuckin says that this weekend will offer a brand new challenge for the youngsters.

“We should be confident because we’ve beaten them twice but not complacent,” he explained.

“Last week’s win makes it interesting in terms of the table but we need to build on that result and get back-to-back victories now.

“We want to give ourselves every chance to compete in the closing stages but to do that we have to be totally focused, give maximum effort and finish the season strongly.”

McGuckin’s side are five points behind leaders Grimsby Town ahead of the weekend’s game at Rotherham for which he has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

The fixture takes place at Roundwood Sports Complex on Green Lane in Rawmarsh and entry is free for all supporters.

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Match Reports

Hawkes Goal Seals Win For Pools

23 March 2019

Josh Hawkes celebrates his goal against Wrexham Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Josh Hawkes celebrates his goal against Wrexham

Josh Hawkes scored the only goal of the game as Pools took all three points against high-flying Wrexham.

Craig Hignett's side put in a professional and well-organised display to take the win on an entertaining afternoon at The Super 6 Stadium. 

The game was played at a fair pace from the off, with good football on show from both sides. While chances on goal were limited in the first half, there was plenty to keep both sets of fans entertained in a lively 45 minutes.

Pools edged the opening spell, with a couple of half chances for Josh Hawkes who had a shot charged down and then Nicke Kabamba who was just denied a strike by visiting keeper Rob Lainton.

With 23 minutes gone, Pools pushed forward and into the box; with great work from Kabamba in the build-up, the ball fell to Josh Hawkes who forced his way into a crowd in the box and tried to battle his way through to shoot.

But the youngster was tripped on his way through and the official pointed to the penalty spot. Once again, Hawkes stepped up to take the kick and, while Lainton looked to have a got a decent touch on the shot, the ball squirmed out of his grasp and over the line to give Pools the lead.

While the visitors saw plenty of the ball themselves in the remainder of the half, there was little to test Scott Loach.

Luke Young tried a strike from distance that bounced wide of Loach’s post on 36 minutes, while Kemy Agustine tried to curl an effort in from outside the area, which again went wide.

The visitors sent a lot of high balls into the box but Kerr and Anderson, who were both solid this afternoon, proved more than equal to those as Pools looked well-organised at the back.

And so Pools took a 1-0 lead into the break but came under pressure early in the second half from the visitors, who looked determined to force their way back into the game.

Ten minutes later though and it was Hignett’s side putting on the pressure in what looked set to be another lively 45 minutes.

Nicky Featherstone came to the rescue for Pools just after the hour mark as he headed clear an Akil Wright effort off the line as the visitors looked to take advantage from a corner. Scott Loach then pulled off a great save to deny Chris Holroyd who arrived to smash the rebound at goal.

A Liam Noble freekick in from the right caused problems in the box, with Kabamba forcing a header back across goal where Kitching put it back to Noble who was on the edge of the box. Noble chipped a ball up for Peter Kioso who sent a diving header over the bar.

As Pools began to look increasingly confident, Liam Noble forced a corner with a determined run down the left channel. And Josh Hawkes sent in a great ball for the corner, which flashed across the face of goal, just escaping the attentions of three blue and white shirts.

Nicke Kabamba pushed forward down the left to set up Hawkes inside the box for a shot on goal but his final effort went over the bar.

Despite increasing frustration from the visitors, Pools stuck to the task and picked up a well-earned three points.

Full Time: Pools 1 Wrexham 0

Booked: Noble (52)

Attendance: 3888 (427 Wrexham)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Cunningham (Kitching 30), Kerr, Anderson, Noble (James 76), Featherstone, Donaldson, Hawkes (Bale 84), Molyneux, Kabamba.

Subs Not Used: Muir, Holohan.

Wrexham: Lainton, Jennings, Kennedy, Young, Holroyd, McGlashan (Beavon 61), Wright, Kemy Agustien (Spyrou 70), Lawlor.
Subs Not Used: Dibble, Roberts, Deverdics.

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Ticket News

Cut-Price Tickets Selling Well For Saturday

22 March 2019

Victoria Park Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Victoria Park was packed for our game with Wrexham

Pools are set to be backed by a bumper crowd at The Super 6 Stadium this weekend as fans take advantage of a special offer on tickets.

The Club decided to slash admission prices to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions as a token of appreciation to all supporters who rallied behind Pools during last year’s troubles.

For our fixture against Wrexham last January – dubbed Save Pools Day – Pools fans were joined on the terraces by those from other clubs across the region and beyond, including Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

It is therefore fitting that our ticket offer takes place on Wrexham’s return visit to the North-East and their fans – who also supported fundraising efforts – are able to take advantage too.

And the reaction has been superb with over 500 extra tickets sold in the home areas ahead of Saturday's game - but there is still time to get yours!

Buying Tickets
You can buy your cut-price tickets in advance online right now which can be sent to your phone or emails, or simply be arrange to collect on the day.

Tickets are also on sale direct from the Ticket Office at The Super 6 Stadium which is open until 4pm on Friday. The telephone number is 01429 272 584 (Option 2).

Fans can also buy on the day of the game from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or from our cash-only Matchday Ticket Office on the Neale Cooper Stand side of the ground.

There are no cash turnstiles for home supporters but we do have set turnstiles where you can pay on your card – these are:

Turnstiles 3 and 13 in the Neale Cooper Stand
Turnstile 3 in the Cyril Knowles Stand
Turnstile 7 in the Town End

Click here for full information on buying tickets for games at The Super 6 Stadium.

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