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Preview: Pools v AFC Fylde

27 November 2018

Hartlepool United v AFC Fylde Funkee Monkey
Hartlepool United v AFC Fylde

We turn our attentions to Tuesday evening’s action with a full and in-depth preview of AFC Fylde’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v AFC Fylde
National League
Tuesday 27th November, 7.45pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Having impressed during their first season at National League level last term, AFC Fylde have emerged as serious promotion candidates once again in 2018/19.

The Coasters have enjoyed an astonishing few years, winning promotion twice in four years to find themselves in the top tier of non-league football – but you sense their story doesn’t finish there.

They were qualifiers for the play-offs last season only to be beaten by Boreham Wood but they have put together a strong first half to the new campaign and are once again inside the top seven.

Dave Challinor has done an exceptional job during his seven years at the helm and their solid defensive base is providing the perfect platform as they look to plot a route in to the EFL for the first time.

Star Player
Local lad Danny Rowe is a huge crowd favourite at Mill Farm – and that’s hardly a surprise given his goals return since joining AFC Fylde in 2014.

The 28-year-old has already helped himself to 13 goals this term, including five in his last five games, so he is an obvious threat ahead of this evening’s meeting at The Super 6 Stadium.

Rowe scored 24 times in all competitions during 2017/18 but the way he has set about his task this season means he’s got a real chance of eclipsing that as he looks to fire AFC Fylde in to the EFL.

Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be just the third competitive meeting between the sides after they shared a division for the very first time last season.

The Coasters won 2-0 on their first visit to Hartlepool back in the opening month of last term, the goals coming from Henry Jones and Danny Rowe as Pools continued to stutter.

And they looked on course to complete a National League double when they were leading 3-1 with just two minutes left at Mill Farm in March – only for spectacular goals from Jake Cassidy and Devante Rodney to rescue a share of the spoils for Pools.

Last Meeting
Saturday 17th March 2018
AFC Fylde 3 (Bond 46, 55, Hardy 77) Pools 3 (Tunnicliffe og 39, Cassidy 88, Rodney 90)

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, Grand, Montrose, Bond, Hardy (Taylor 89), Tasdemir (Burke 46), Chettle (Smith 46), Rowe, Muldoon.
Subs not used: Jones, Blinkhorn.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Adams, Donnelly, Laing, Featherstone, Woods (Munns 60), Hawkins, Newton (Rodney 76), Cassidy, Oates.
Subs not used: Catterick, Owen, Hawkes.

James Oldham will be in charge of a Pools game for the first time when he’s the man on the whistle for Tuesday’s encounter with AFC Fylde.

Still in his first year on the National League’s list of referees, Oldham has overseen eight games so far this season at this level.

His most recent outing was at the end of last month when he was the man in the middle for Eastleigh’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient at Silverlake Stadium.

Live Coverage
We’ll be delivering live commentary on Pools PlayerHD with Pools legend Brian Honour once again joining Mark Simpson in The Super 6 Stadium press box.

Our live broadcast will begin at 7.35 when the lads will set the scene, discuss all the breaking team news and then guide you through every step of the action as it unfolds.

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.

Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 12noon until kick-off on Tuesday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 6.15pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.

Click here for more information on buying tickets for games at The Super 6 Stadium.

The bookies have made AFC Fylde 6/4 favourites for victory on Tuesday night, while Pools are installed as a 9/4 shot and the draw is priced up at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and check out a full list of odds and price boosts ahead of kick-off.

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Match Reports

Pools Fall To AFC Fylde Defeat

27 November 2018

Luke James Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Luke James in action against AFC Fylde at The Super 6 Stadium

Pools lost out 2-1 to AFC Fylde at The Super 6 Stadium, making it six successive league defeats for Matthew Bates's s

The Coasters scored a goal in each half to take the points, with a Liam Noble goal from the penalty spot on 85 minutes coming too late to make a difference. 

The visitors started strongest and had a couple of early chances, with Danny Rowe dragging an effort wide after Gime Toure had tested Scott Loach from a tight angle.

Things evened out after the first ten minutes though as Pools began to ask questions at the other end – Mark Kitching was first to try his luck with an enthusiastic volley that went high and wide.

Good work from Luke James on the edge of the box saw Conor Newton pounce on the ball and push into the box to fire at goal but his shot found the arms of Jay Lynch.

At the other end Nick Haughton fired in a shot from distance that dipped over the bar before Carl Magnay found himself in the right place to clear an effort off the line.

Josh Hawkes, making his first start of the season this evening, showed his confidence with a powerful strike from 25 yards but his shot went high.

As the action continued to switch ends, Scott Loach pulled off a great save out to his left, going full stretch to palm away a header from Toure.

Ryan Donaldson had a great chance to put Pools ahead mid-way through the half when a cross from the left bounced in front of him with the goal in his sights but he missed the shot and the visitors cleared.

Hawkes showed his skill to break forward and again went for goal from distance but his shot this time was held by Lynch.

But with the half looking set to end goalless, AFC Fylde pressed late into the 45 and grabbed the opening goal; with Loach having saved at the first attempt, another cross was sent into the box from the left and Danny Rowe was on hand to head home at the far post.

While AFC Fylde had started and finished the half on top, Pools had been a match for them for much of the forty-five and needed more positivity after the break.

Loach was the first of the keeper’s called into action in the second half though as a slip in midfielder allowed Rowe to break through on goal, with only Loach to beat. But the Pools stopper came out to close down and blocked Rowe’s shot on goal to keep it at 1-0.

On the hour mark, Conor Newton got on the end of a decent move forward to send a header at goal but the midfielder saw his effort tipped onto the bar by Jay Lynch in the Fylde goal.

Sub Liam Noble squared the ball inside the box for Ryan Noble at the far post, he hit his effort cleanly but was again denied by Lynch with another good save.

Scott Loach did the same for Pools at the other end just minutes later, pulling off a great save to deny Rowe with an effort from close range.

But Fylde got the next goal at their next attempt, as sub Arthur Gnahoua watched his shot roll into the far corner of the net to make it 2-0 on 74 minutes.

Pools got a lifeline on 85 minutes when a handball inside the area was spotted by the officials and he awarded the spot kick. Liam Noble stepped up to take it and sent it past Lynch to make it 2-1 and give his side a chance going into the final five minutes.

With Bates's side throwing everything forward as the minutes ticked away, the visitors broke allowing Rowe to once again go through with Loach in his sights but again the Pools keeper prevents the goal. 

Pools put pressure on the visitors for much of the final period but there was no equaliser and the game finished in defeat, the sixth successive loss in the league.

Booked: Magnay (78), Noble (90)

Full Time: Pools 1 AFC Fylde 2

Attendance: 1721 (41 AFC Fylde)

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, McLaughlin (Noble 62), Donaldson, Hawkes (Muir 79), Newton (O’Neill 67), James.
Subs Not Used: Kioso, Butler.

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Francis-Angol, Byrne, Tunnicliffe, Bond, Croasdale (Brewitt 89), Rowe, Philliskirk, Burke, Toure (Gnahoua 66), Haughton (Hemmings 74).
Subs Not Used: Tasdemir, Williams.

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