We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to Gander Green Lane
Sutton United v Pools
Saturday 2nd March 2019, 3pm
Gander Green Lane
Sutton United will be hoping a growing injury list settles down in the coming weeks as they look to fight for a play-off place for the second season in succession.
Paul Doswell’s outfit had won six from their previous eight National League outings before a recent dip has seen them go without a victory in three.
However, they remain in good shape in the table – they sit in ninth position but only goal difference separates them from a spot in the top seven.
They’ve been pretty solid on their synthetic pitch again this term too, meaning Pools will be aiming to become just the fourth side to pick up maximum points at Gander Green Lane on Saturday.
Craig Eastmond scored the winner when the sides met at The Super 6 Stadium earlier this term and the talented midfielder will be one to watch again this weekend.
A former Arsenal youngster, Eastmond has plenty of experience at this level and above and has been one of the mainstays in the Sutton engine room during 2018/19.
Only defender Dale Bennett has started more National League games for The U’s this season and he has the ability to dictate a game if he is allowed to.
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.
Saturday 27th October 2018
Pools 2 (Muir 47, Noble 50) Sutton United 3 (Thomas 21, Bolarinwa 63, Eastmond 79)
Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Davies, Magnay, Kitching, Featherstone (Woods 83), McLaughlin (Dinanga 83), Muir, James.
Subs not used: Anderson, Hawkins, Hawkes.
Sutton United: Butler, Bennett, Thomas, Clough, Collins, Bolarinwa, Davis (Brown 89), Cadogan (Beautyman 82), Eastmond, Drinan.
Subs not used: Beckwith, Taylor.
Paul Howard will take charge of his first-ever Pools game on Saturday when he’s the man in the middle for our clash with Sutton United.
The official is still in his first season on the National League’s list of referees and has so far presided over 15 games at this level so far during 2018/19.
Howard’s most recent appointment came almost a fortnight ago when he oversaw FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 win at Maidstone United.
There will be full live commentary of Saturday’s game at Gander Green Lane on Pools PlayerHD.
Join Mark Simpson for live coverage of the action as it unfolds with Pools looking to hit back after last weekend’s defeat to Bromley.
Cash turnstiles will be in operation ahead of Saturday’s game at Gander Green Lane.
Sutton United have been made even money 1/1 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Pools rated a 13/5 shot for victory and the draw priced at 21/10.