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Preview: Pools v Wrexham

22 March 2019

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We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Wrexham’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Wrexham
National League
Saturday 23rd March 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Wrexham are currently working under their third permanent manager of the season but that upheaval doesn’t seem to have affected them too much as they fight for automatic promotion.

The North Wales side are now in to their 11th season in the National League but their fans are crossing their fingers that this can be the campaign to steer them back in to the EFL.

Wrexham began their challenge this year under the watch of Sam Ricketts but he was stolen away by Shrewsbury Town in December and his successor Graham Barrow resigned after a couple of months at the helm.

Thankfully, the swift appointment of former player Bryan Hughes has steadied the ship and an excellent run of form through February helped ensure they stayed in the race for the title.

A damaging defeat to rivals Leyton Orient, coupled with a shock loss at home to Barrow in the following game, threatened to knock them off course but last weekend’s win over Maidstone has settled any nerves that may have been building.

As a result, they arrive in the North East sitting third but just a point behind Orient and Solihull Moors though their rivals do still have games in hand.

Star Player
Wrexham have been far from prolific this season – in fact only one team in the top half have scored fewer – so a strong defence has been key and it’s well stewarded by Shaun Pearson.

No outfield player has started as many National League games for The Dragons as the 29-year-old centre-back has formed part of one of the stingiest backlines in the division.

Signed from Grimsby Town in the summer of 2017, Pearson is a leader for Wrexham and also has the experience of promotion from this level, which he achieved with The Mariners in 2015/16.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 107th competitive meeting between the two clubs in a rivalry which stretches back as far as 1921 and our first season in the Football League.

The Dragons have had the better of it over the years having won 49 times in comparison to Pools’ 39 triumphs and the North Wales outfit have taken the points in the last two meetings.

You have to go back to the 2006/07 League Two promotion season to find Pools’ last victory over Wrexham – a Jon Daly hat-trick inspiring Danny Wilson’s men to a 3-0 success at The Vic.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 30th October 2018
Wrexham 1 (Young 20) Pools 0

Wrexham: Lainton, Robertson, Jennings, Pearson, Wright, Lawlor, Young, Maguire-Drew (Deverdics 85), Walker (Rutherford 81), Pyke, Beavon (Fondop-Talom 58).
Subs not used: Dibble, Holroyd.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Davies (s/0 40), Anderson, Donaldson, Noble, Featherstone (Newton 70), McLaughlin (Hawkes 85), Muir (James 70), Dinanga.
Subs not used: Kitching, Hawkins.

Referee
Marc Edwards is the man in the middle for the third time in a Pools game this season as he takes charge of our tussle with Wrexham.

Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, he has seen us lose at home to Ebbsfleet United and away at Salford City previously this term.

Edwards’ most recent appointment came last month when he was on the whistle for Chesterfield’s surprise 1-0 win at AFC Fylde.

Live Coverage
Pools legend Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson for full live online commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm when they’ll set the scene from The Super 6 Stadium, run you through the breaking team news and then describe all the action as it unfolds.

Click here for more information on how you can listen to Saturday’s live coverage on Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
We’ve reduced ticket prices for the game to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions as a thank you to everyone who rallied behind the Club during this fixture last season.

Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 12noon until kick-off on Saturday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.

Click here for more information on buying special offer tickets for Saturday's game.

Betting
Wrexham are 7/5 favourites for the win this weekend, with Pools looking reasonable value out of 15/8 for three points and the draw priced up at 2/1.

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

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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