We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to Hayes Lane.
Bromley v Pools
Saturday 3rd November 2018, 3pm
Bromley have so far struggled to find the consistent form this term which saw them emerge as dark horses for a play-off spot in the National League during 2017/18.
The Ravens finished just three points outside the top seven and hopes were high during the summer that they would be able to build on that with another strong campaign this time around.
Following a slow start there was reason for optimism once more as September turned in to October and Neil Smith’s men found their feet with a run of three wins from four.
However, defeat at Boreham Wood last weekend was compounded by a surprise 4-2 home defeat to Braintree Town on Tuesday to leave Bromley sitting 17th in the table ahead of Pools’ visit.
The form of Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe has been a real bonus for Bromley so far this season, with the forward netting six goals in his 18 National League outings to date.
Brought in on loan from Colchester United on a half-season loan, the 24-year-old has impressed the Hayes Lane faithful and is currently the club’s top scorer.
It perhaps shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s got among the goals though, the former Millwall and Leyton Orient trainee was prolific in non-league for Maldon & Tiptree before earning a move to Colchester.
Head To Head
This Saturday’s game will be just the third competitive meeting between the two sides with both fixtures last season going with home advantage.
Pools avenged their 2-0 August defeat at Hayes Lane when The Ravens came to The Vic in March as goals from Josh Hawkes and Michael Woods were enough to earn a 2-1 triumph.
Leigh Doughty will take charge of his second Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our encounter with Bromley.
In his first season on the National League’s list of referees, Doughty was also in the middle for our 1-1 draw against Eastleigh at The Super 6 Stadium back in September.
His most recent appointment came at Salford City in mid-October when he oversaw their 2-2 draw with Braintree Town.
Fans all over the world will be able to access live commentary of Saturday afternoon’s game at Bromley with Mark Simpson by logging-on to Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.
Pools fans can order online in advance to make a saving for Saturday’s game against Bromley, while tickets will also be available at a slightly higher rate on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.
Bromley have been installed as slight 7/5 favourites for three points this weekend, with Pools available at odds of 9/5 and the draw priced up at 23/10 by our friends at Sky Bet.