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Preview: Bromley v Pools

2 November 2018

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Bromley v Hartlepool United

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
National League
Saturday 3rd November 2018, 3pm
Hayes Lane

In Opposition
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.

Star Player
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.

Live Coverage
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.

Click here now to join Pools PlayerHD for the season for just £24.99 and access live commentary of every game, home and away.

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.

Click here for full ticket information on our trip to Hayes Lane.

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.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and take a look at a full range of odds ahead of kick-off.

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Match Reports

Hayes Lane Horror Show For Pools

3 November 2018

It was a Hayes Lane horror show for Pools as Matthew Bates’ men fell to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bromley on Saturday afternoon.

Pools proved the masters of their own downfall during an afternoon to forget in Kent which was underlined by the concession of two soft penalties and compounded by a red card for Peter Kioso.

It was a third defeat in a row for Bates’ side who dominated possession for large parts of the first hour against Bromley but were undone by a lack of cutting edge and some uncharacteristic individual errors.

There was one enforced change to the line-up for Pools as the start of Andrew Davies’ three-match suspension forced a reshuffle at the back where Mark Kitching was restored to left wing-back and Ryan Donaldson moved back across to the right.

A slow start from Pools was underlined on 12 minutes when Peter Kioso’s pass along the edge of the area was misplaced, Carl Magnay couldn’t get there and with Adam Mekki threatening to get to the ball first he was bundled over by Myles Anderson. Frankie Sutherland tucked away the opening goal from the spot with the minimum of fuss.

It could have got worse for Pools a minute later when Mekki did well to find space down the right to deliver a cross in to the box and George Porter nodded wide at the far post when he might have done better.

Pools slowly began to recover a foothold in the game and started to knock the ball around with a growing confidence, the midfield trio of Liam Noble, Nicky Featherstone and Paddy McLaughlin enjoying plenty of freedom to play.

A corner from Noble was delivered from the right tested the Bromley defence but Magnay’s header from eight yards looped just too high.

The best chance fell to Marcus Dinanga on the back of a wonderfully-patient passing move from Pools which led to the ball finding the on-loan front man in behind the home defence but he sliced wide from ten yards.

Pools continued to dominate possession with the hosts seemingly happy to play on the counter-attack and allow their opponents to have the lion’s share of the ball.

Dinanga got to the byline after an incisive move but couldn’t find Niko Muir in the middile, while Noble fired an effort over from twenty-five yards after another slick move.

There was another opening for Dinanga towards the end of the first period when the ball was worked left for Kitching and he sent a cross in to the far post but the striker’s header fell off-target.

Things started fairly positively after the break too as Kioso came close to nodding in a leveller from a right-wing Noble corner but his effort flashed across goal rather than in to the net.

Donaldson also had a decent opportunity to shoot after the ball made its way to him on the left corner of the area after a swift counter-attack led by Noble but his effort was well-blocked by a defender.

But then just after hour mark things started to unravel for Pools. A dangerous Bromley attack looked to have been snuffed out when the ball fell to Donaldson on the left corner of the area but he dwelt too long, had his pocket picked by Omar Bugiel and the big striker rifled home to make it 2-0.

It was 3-0 a quarter of an hour later when Bugiel was played through on goal before being bundled over in the area by Kioso who, having already been shown a yellow card, was sent-off by the referee before Sutherland drove home low from the penalty spot.

The final insult came five minutes from time when the hosts raided again down the right and a low ball right across goal was forced in from close range at the back post by Porter.

A miserable day for Pools and their heaviest defeat of the season ahead of next weekend’s trip to League One Gillingham in the First Round of the FA Cup.

Full Time: Bromley 4 Pools 0

Attendance: 1516 (241 Pools)

Booked: Kioso (46), Donaldson (79)
Sent Off: Kioso (77)

Bromley: Gregory, Sutherland, Johnson, Raymond, Bugiel (De Silva 86), Mekki (Goodman 74), Porter, Wood, Brindle, Quigley (Ogedi-Uzokwe 60).
Subs Not Used: Goddard, Rooney.

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson (Hawkes 68), Kitching (Newton 46), Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin, Muir (James 58), Dinanga.
Subs Not Used: Richardson, Murphy.

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Ticket News

Make Saving On Tickets For Bromley

1 November 2018

Hayes Lane
Bromley play home games at Hayes Lane

Here's all the information you need if you want to follow the team in their game at Bromley.

Pools fans can make a saving on tickets by buying in advance for our game at Bromley on Saturday 3rd November (3pm kick-off).

Our hosts have opened an online link allowing Pools supporters to book their tickets for the National League fixture at Hayes Lane.

The game is segregated and Pools are in a terraced area of the stadium but elderly or disabled supporters can organise seating tickets by calling Bromley direct on 0208 460 5291.

Click here to order your tickets online now.

The figures in brackets below are what the price rises to on the day of the game.

Adults - £15 (£18)
Concessions – £10 (£12)
Students (aged 16-21 and with valid NUS Card) - £5 (£10)
Under 16s – Free* (£5)

Concessions are Seniors, members of the NHS or Emergency Services, Armed Forces or those with an EFL or Premier League Season Ticket for the 2018/19 campaign.

*Under 16s are free when bought in advance in conjunction with a full-paying adult.

Click here to order your tickets online now.

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