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Preview: Dover Athletic v Pools

23 November 2018

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Dover Athletic v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools National League trip to Dover Athletic.

Dover Athletic v Pools
National League
Saturday 24th November, 3pm
Crabble Athletic Ground

In Opposition
Dover Athletic currently lie bottom of the National League table after struggling to find their best form during the opening months of the campaign.

The Whites narrowly missed out on qualification for the play-offs last term by virtue of goal difference alone so hopes were high that they could build on that in 2018/19.

However, they have found wins hard to come by and their slow start prompted a change in the dugout when Chris Kinnear left after just one victory in 14 games to be replaced by Andy Hessenthaler who returned for a second spell in charge.

One of Hessenthaler’s first moves was to take Dover full-time and he celebrated his first win since being appointed when they overcame Maidenhead United 2-0 at the start of the month.

However, a heavy FA Cup defeat at Bury was followed up by a 1-0 reverse at FC Halifax Town last time out so the Kent outfit will be hoping they can turn the corner with a win over Pools.

Star Player
Dover captain Mitch Brundle has been an ever-present and a driving force for the club this season, hitting four goals to currently lie joint top of the club’s scoring charts.

Signed from Gateshead in the summer of 2016, the 23-year-old is comfortable in defence or midfield and is one player who can dictate things if allowed to by Pools this weekend.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the third competitive meeting between the sides but Dover Athletic did the National League double over Pools last term.

The Whites were our opposition on the opening day of the season when a Jamie Allen goal on 29 minutes was enough to win the points, while braces from Mitch Pinnock and Ryan Bird inflicted a 4-0 defeat when Pools travelled to Crabble Athletic Ground in December.

Last Meeting
Saturday 9th December 2017
Dover Athletic 4 (Pinnock 3, 25, Bird 79, 90) Pools 0

Dover Athletic: Walker, Ilesanmi, Gallifuoco, Parry, Essam, Brundle, Okosieme, Pinnock, Nortey, Jeffrey (Daniel 64), Bird.
Subs not used: Fazackerley, Conteh, Richards, Alabi.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Donnelly, Laing, Ledger (Adams 77), Munns, Woods, Deverdics (s/o 89), Newton, Cassidy, Oates (Adeloye 61).
Subs not used: Richardson, Hawkins, Rodney.

Tom Reeves will take charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in black for our trip to Dover Athletic.

Introduced to the National League’s list of referees at the start of the season, he has so far overseen seven games at this level this term.

His most recent appointment was at the end of October when he saw Eastleigh win 1-0 at FC Halifax Town.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will once again be able to enjoy full live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD.

Pools PlayerHD is just £24.99 for the entire 2018/19 campaign – click here now for information on joining in time for the kick-off this weekend.

Pools fans can buy their tickets on the day at Crabble Athletic Ground for the fixture, which is set to be segregated.

Click here for full information on tickets for Saturday’s game at Dover.

Dover have been installed as slight 7/5 favourites for three points this weekend, while Pools are priced at 17/10 and the draw is priced up at 12/5.

Click here for a full list of odds on Saturday’s game at Crabble Athletic Ground.

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Match Reports

Pools Beaten At Dover Athletic

24 November 2018

Pools suffered a fifth successive National League defeat as bottom-side Dover Athletic claimed all the points at Crabble Athletic Groun

Matthew Bates men were made to pay for a sluggish first half in which the hosts fired two unanswered goals and rendered Josh Hawkes’ late strike a mere consolation.

The Pools boss opted to make three changes to his starting eleven, reverting to a 3-5-2 formation and bringing Myles Anderson and Peter Kioso back in to the eleven, while Tyrone O’Neill’s midweek goal against Gillingham was rewarded with a starting spot in attack alongside Luke James.

There was no place for Andrew Davies (calf) and Conor Newton (illness), while Bates made the decision to leave Liam Noble out of the squad.

There was a high-tempo start to the game but chances were few and far between for either side until Bobby-Joe Taylor let fly from the edge of the area and Scott Loach had to alert to turn the short round the post.

That sparked the hosts in to life and Inih Effiong came mightily-close to making it 1-0 when he directed a far post header back across goal but it grazed the woodwork on its way wide.

Jamie Allen was next to try his luck after picking up possession on the right of the area but his low drive across goal was well parried by Loach.

Carl Magnay tested Dover keeper Mitch Walker with a curling shot after Athletic failed to clear a corner, while Ryan Donaldson drove his way through the home defence but saw his shot deflected wide.

However, on 20 minutes hosts stole in front when Pools didn’t deal with a ball in to the box and Effiong slipped it through to Bedsente Gomis who finished neatly past Loach for 1-0.

There was a great chance for Pools to get back on level terms almost immediately when a deep corner from McLaughlin found Peter Kioso at the far post but he nodded a header wide of the target.

McLaughlin then came close himself when the ball fell loose to him twenty-five yards out; the Northern Irishman set it on to his right foot and hammered a shot on goal which flashed just wide of the post.

Just before the half-hour mark the home side double their lead though; full-back Joshua Bedayo was allowed to run a long way with the ball down the left and, when his low ball in to the box wasn’t fully cleared, Offiong rifled home Dover’s second goal.

Pools began the second half with a little more spirit but Offiong could have finished the contest on 54 minutes when a ball across found him at the far post but he somehow managed to scoop it over from no more than three yards.

McLaughlin found space to turn smartly inside from the right and things opened up for him to have a shot from the edge of the box but he went for power and it flew too high.

By this stage Pools had rung the changes and substitute Marcus Dinanga had a great chance when Carl Magnay nodded McLaughlin’s deep free-kick back across the face of goal but the front man’s header was directed wide.

With seven minutes left fellow sub Josh Hawkes did find the net to set up a tense finish – the midfielder did brilliantly to weave his way in from the left and drilled a low finish under Mitch Walker to make it 2-1.

There was almost injury-time drama when Scott Loach came up for a corner but nodded wide and there were also desperate appeals for penalty from Pools players as another ball came in to the area – but the referee’s whistle sounded only to denote full-time.

Full Time: Dover Athletic 2 Pools 1

Dover Athletic: Walker, Passley, Debayo, Lewis, Lokko, Brundle, Gomis (Nortey 76), Taylor, Allen, Reason (Jeffrey 74), Effiong (Sho-Silva 90).
Subs not used: Diarra, Worgan.

Booked: Taylor, Effiong..

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Richardson (Hawkes 70), Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Donaldson, Featherstone, McLaughlin, James (Muir 70), O’Neill (Dinanga 61).
Subs not used: Catterick, Butler.

Booked: Hawkes.

Attendance: 1,027 (109 Pools).

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Ticket News

Buy Tickets On The Day At Dover

22 November 2018

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Dover Athletic play their home games at Crabble Athletic Ground

Here's all the information you need if you want to follow the lads in action at Dover Athletic this weekend.

Pools fans will be able to pay at cash-only turnstiles for Saturday's National League trip to Dover Athletic (3pm kick-off).

The game is expected to be segregated and there will be signs around the ground to direct Pools fans to the away parking and turnstiles.

Adults - £17
Over 60s - £14
Under 18s - £8
Under 11s – Free (if accompanied by a full-paying adult)

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters will pay as per their relevant age category and will be eligible for a free carer's ticket if they are on middle/high rate DLA.

Dover will add a charge if fans would like to sit in the segregated area of their Main Stand – this will be collected upon entry to the stand rather than at the turnstiles.

The standard admission price above will grant you entry to the standing terrace behind the goal – seating charges are £1.50 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Dover have advised that there is an uphill walk to the turnstiles from the parking area and any fans unable to manage walking a great distance should follow signs for the home turnstiles and let stewards know that the require assistance.

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