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Preview: Sutton United v Pools

1 March 2019

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Sutton United v Hartlepool United

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
National League
Saturday 2nd March 2019, 3pm
Gander Green Lane

In Opposition
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.

Star Player
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.

Last Meeting
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.

Referee
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.

Live Coverage
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.

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

Tickets
Cash turnstiles will be in operation ahead of Saturday’s game at Gander Green Lane.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

Betting
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.

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

Pools Roar Back To Claim Point In Thriller

2 March 2019

Defiant Pools stormed back from two goals down to claim a point during a captivating encounter against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane.

Craig Hignett’s mantra for attacking football was once again to the fore throughout an astonishing afternoon as both sides created enough chances to have won a dozen matches.

The only surprise that there weren’t more than the four goals scored though a point apiece was probably just reward for the players who provided almost incessant entertainment for specators.

Pools’ line-up showed three changes for that which started against Bromley as Fraser Kerr was handed a debut in the centre of defence, Mark Kitching was preferred at left wing-back and Luke James returned from a calf strain.

There was an early chance for the hosts who worked an opening down the left as Tom Bolarinwa wriggled in to space to let fly but Scott Loach did well to block his low drive.

In a high tempo opening period to the game it was the home side who looked the more threatening as they put balls in to the box and put pressure on Pools’ new-look backline.

As the game wore on, Craig Hignett’s men began to show their own teeth though and they could have gone in front on 15 minutes. Liam Noble’s right-wing corner was headed goalwards by Nicke Kabamba where it was blocked before Myles Anderson’s follow-up touched the bar on its way over.

That seemed to shake the hosts’ confidence and Pools were suddenly in the ascendancy. A poor clearance from keeper Ross Worner was a symptom of Sutton’s nerves and was brilliantly intercepted by Josh Hawkes but his first shot was blocked by a recovering defender and his second – from an extremely tight angle – flew across the goal line and wide.

Noble’s delivery was causing particular problems from Paul Doswell’s outfit and another corner was strongly met by Anderson but this time his header was blocked on the line by Worner.

However, Sutton then cleared their heads with the opening goal on 27 minutes when a long ball over the top freed Roarie Deacon through on goal and he made no mistake with a clinical low finish to Loach’s right.

There was a wonderful opportunity for Pools to get back on level terms just seven minutes when another loose pass at the back from Sutton allowed Kabamba to play Noble through on goal. Worner was out quickly to block the midfielder’s shot and Kabamba’s follow-up was cleared off the line as the home side escaped.

There was still time for the dangerous Gime Toure to come close to doubling Sutton’s lead just before the break with an acrobatic effort from a tight angle which was cleared off the line by Kabamba.

The chances kept on coming at the start of the second period and only a wonderful full-stretch save from Loach denied Harry Beautyman after the midfielder had unleashed a powerful volley from the edge of the area.

However, Loach had no answer on 57 minutes when Pools tried hard to resist wave after wave of Sutton attacks but finally conceded the second goal when Toure’s shot from twenty yards took a deflection on its way in to the corner of the net.

It was crucial that Pools scored next and seven minutes later they got the slice of luck they needed when Kitching got past his man down the left and attempted to stand the ball up to the far post only to see it deceive Worner and drop in to the net and give Hignett’s men renewed hope.

Pools were thankful to Loach for more heroics when he stayed big to deny Deacon before Anderson’s incredible last-gasp challenge somehow prevented Craig Eastmond rolling home the rebound.

That moment proved pivotal because Pools drew level with 15 minutes left. A cross in from the left from the superb Nicky Featherstone wasn’t dealt with well at the back post and, when it fell loose to Luke James, the front man rammed home the equaliser on the volley.

Even then neither side were ready to settle. James could have put Pools in front but for a wonderful save from Worner before Kabamba volleyed over from close range as Sutton wobbled.

Noble came even closer to winning it three minutes from time after some good build-up by substitute Luke Molyneux who cut the ball back across the area for Noble who side-stepped the defender before seeing his shot deflected agonisingly wide.

Perhaps the draw was a fair reflection though and means that both sets of players could be satisfied with their efforts as they were applauded off at the final whistle.

FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW….

Full Time: Sutton United 2 Pools 2

Attendance: 1923

Booked: Anderson (21), Hawkes (77), Noble (90)

Sutton United: Worner, Bennett (Dobson 85), Thomas, Davis, Collins, Beckwith, Bolarinwa (Williams 76), Eastmond, Beautyman, Deacon, Toure (Ayunga 80).
Subs Not Used:
Green, Bellikli

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Cunningham (Molyneux 66), Kerr, Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, Noble, Hawkes, James, Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Amos, Hawkins, Muir.

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Ticket News

Tickets On The Turnstiles At Sutton

26 February 2019

Gander Green Lane Ian Randall (Shutter Press)
Sutton United play at Gander Green Lane

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to follow the lads on the road at Sutton United on Saturday.

Tickets for our National League game at Sutton United will be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Gander Green Lane.

The below pricing information is for the terraced area but seating is also available at an additional cost of £2.

Prices
Adults - £15
Seniors (60 and over) - £8
Students (with valid ID) - £8
Juniors (16 and under) - £3

Disabled supporters will pay as per their relevant age category and are eligible for a free carer’s ticket if required.

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