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Preview: Gillingham v Pools

9 November 2018

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Gillingham v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the FA Cup with a full and in-depth preview of our trip to Priestfield Stadium.

Gillingham v Pools
FA Cup First Round
Saturday 10th November 2018, 3pm
Priestfield Stadium

In Opposition
After winning their opening two League One fixtures of the new campaign, Gillingham had to wait until the beginning of October to get another victory on the board.

Defeat at Plymouth Argyle just over a fortnight ago saw them drop to fifth bottom in the table and a subsequent team meeting saw several players told to stay away from the club by boss Steve Lovell.

It was a move which brought about a change in fortunes for the Kent outfit who then set about thumping Bradford City 4-0 before following it up with a 3-0 triumph over Fleetwood Town.

Tuesday evening’s 1-0 defeat to Blackpool was a setback but Lovell’s side will hope to return to form against Pools in what is their fourth in a run of five successive fixtures on home soil.

Star Player
Tom Eaves is Gillingham’s chief goal threat and the 6ft 3in front man has been in fine form so far this season, helping himself to 11 goals in 19 appearances in 2018/19.

The 26-year-old was recently shortlisted for the EFL’s League One Player of the Month award after scoring four times during October, including a memorable strike against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Eaves – who scored against Pools whilst on loan at Rotherham United in 2012 – has hit the net four times in his last three games so will need to be well-marshalled at the weekend.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 35th competitive meeting between the two clubs but the first time they have played each other in a cup competition of any kind.

The last encounter came back in January 2010 when Neil Austin’s late goal rescued a point for Pools at The Vic after Simeon Jackson had put The Gills in front.

However, Pools’ last visit to Priestfield Stadium in the opening month of that 2009/10 campaign resulted in victory – James Brown scored the only goal of the contest just after the hour-mark.

Overall, Gillingham have the edge historically having won 15 times in comparison to Pools’ 11 triumphs in the fixtures over the years.

Brett Huxtable will take charge of his first-ever Pools game on Saturday when he’s the man in the middle for our FA Cup trip to Gillingham.

Now in to his third season on the EFL’s list of referees, Huxtable stepped up from the National League at the start of the 2016/17 campaign.

He has presided over 16 games so far this term – his most recent appointment was on Tuesday night when he oversaw Yeovil Town’s 4-0 win over West Ham United’s Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will be able to access live commentary of Saturday afternoon’s game at Gillingham 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 will be able to buy their tickets for the game on the day with cash-only turnstiles available at Priestfield Stadium prior to kick-off.

Click here for full ticket information on the cup tie.

Gillingham have been installed as 2/5 favourites for FA Cup progress on Saturday, with Pools rated 13/2 to pull off the win and odds of 19/5 available on the tie going to a replay.

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

Pools Earn FA Cup Replay

10 November 2018

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Paddy McLaughlin in FA Cup action against Gillingham.

Pools and Gillingham will replay their FA Cup First Round tie after Matthew Bates’ men produced a high-quality performance to take a goalless draw from their trip to Priestfield Stadium.

Few could argue that Pools were at least worthy of a replay after creating all of the game’s best chances and it was perhaps indicative of the standard of their display that the hosts were booed from the field at half-time and full-time.

Bates – without Peter Kioso and Andrew Davies through suspension – decided to adopt a 4-4-2 formation for the tie, bringing Kenton Richardson in at right-back and restoring Luke James to the attack alongside Marcus Dinanga.

The hosts began the game on the front foot, putting Pools under pressure with a number of long diagonal balls which were well dealt with.

One ball in to the box from Luke O’Neill found danger man Tom Eaves in space at the back post but he nodded his effort wide, while striker partner Brandon Hanlan almost got in to an area to shoot before Carl Magnay challenged.

As the half progressed Pools grew in confidence and, to the backdrop of a growing sense of anxiety from the home crowd which seemed to unsettle their team, Matthew Bates’ men began to look a real threat.

Donaldson and McLaughlin were really impacting on the game from the flanks, while Featherstone and Noble were both finding their range with passes in to the dangerous front two of James and Dinanga.

Dinanga did well to spin in to space on the halfway line to set-up a menacing counter-attack for Pools, feeding James who in turn knocked it on to Donaldson who fed it inside for Featherstone but his well-struck shot from range flew wide.

More great football from Pools set up a glorious chance for Noble just afterwards; the ball was brilliantly sent in to McLaughlin on the right of the area and his low ball across found Noble arriving on the end of it to take a touch and fire a shot on goal which was well saved by Tomas Holy.

Another incisive move down the left provided another opportunity just before the break when Donaldson expertly slipped a ball between the defence to send Mark Kitching in to the area but the full-back’s ferocious shot was blocked by a defender as it flew towards goal.

Gillingham emerged with more fire after the break and could have stolen in front within sixty seconds when Hanlan spun away skilfully down the left but his prod across goal went just the wrong side of the far post.

For all the hosts upping of the tempo, Pools continued to hold their own and Featherstone had a chance to let fly again at the other end but this time it was held by the Gills’ giant keeper Holy.

Pools were causing problems for their hosts with quick passing and good movement and engineered another great opportunity when Dinanga lifted a cross in to the box from the right which was chested down in to the path of Donaldson but his low left-foot shot was saved.

Dinanga then had a chance of his own when he received the ball with his back to goal before spinning rapidly to shoot but his effort flew just wide of the target.

Noble smashed an effort too high after more good work from Featherstone and Donaldson, while Gillingham struggled to test Scott Loach – Mark Byrne’s shot from the edge of the box which was dragged wide was as good as it got for the hosts.

The Gills pressed a little more as time ran out but, in truth, Pools coped with their attacks comfortably with Magnay and Anderson in dominating form in the centre of defence.

And so the two teams will square up again a week on Wednesday in a replay to decide who will progress to Round Two.

Full Time: Gillingham 0 Pools 0

Booked: Noble (54)

Attendance: 2224 (126 Pools)

Gillingham: Holy, O’Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani, Hanlan (List 74), Eaves, Charles-Cook, Fuller, Oldaker, Byrne, Ogilvie (Bingham 46).
Subs Not Used: Hadler, Parrett, Parker, Nasseri, Simpson.

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Anderson, Magnay, Kitching, Donaldson (Newton 90), Noble, Featherstone, McLaughlin, James (O’Neill 71), Dinanga (Muir 77).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Murphy, Woods, Hawkes.

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Ticket News

Gillingham Tickets On Sale Now

6 November 2018

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Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to support Pools in the FA Cup at Gillingham this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Pools fans will be in the Gordon Road Stand which has a capacity of up to 2,500 and we have now received an initial allocation of 750 unreserved seat tickets.

These are available now from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office or going to our Online Tickets Website – click here.

Tickets will remain on sale in advance until 3pm on Thursday 8th November, though Pools fans will also be able to buy on the day with cash-only turnstiles in operation prior to kick-off at Priestfield.

Adults - £15
Seniors (65 and over) - £10
Under 18s - £5
Under 5s - £1

Wheelchair/ambulant disabled supporters will pay as per their relevant age category and will be entitled to a free carer’s ticket if they are on high rate DLA or enhanced rate PIP – these tickets can also be purchased in advance from the Pools Ticket Office.

Anyone buying in advance can also arrange for the tickets to be available for collection from Gillingham’s Gordon Road Ticket Collection Point on the day of the game.

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