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Preview: Pools v Barnet

16 November 2018

Hartlepool United v Barnet Funkee Monkey
Hartlepool United v Barnet

We turn our attentions to Sunday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Barnet’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Barnet
National League
Sunday 18th November, 4.30pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Barnet find themselves back in the National League once more after being relegated from League Two despite winning 3-0 on a tense and ultimately devastating final day.

Their astonishing run of late season form wasn’t enough to save them and Martin Allen departed for Chesterfield in the aftermath, leaving Barnet to turn to another experienced boss in the shape of John Still.

The Bees emerged from a slow start to the new campaign to enjoy a run of five wins in a row during late August and in to September but they have been up and down since then.

However, they lie just three points behind Pools in the National League table and will consider themselves very much still in the chase for a play-off spot and an instant return to the EFL.

Star Player
Wesley Fonguck has been in great form for Barnet this season and has already hit the net six times from midfield, including four in three games at the beginning of last month.

Having come through the club’s Academy, he made his senior debut in May 2016 and has been in and around the action since but has really come to the fore this term.

Pools will need to make sure they keep him quiet on Sunday and win the midfield battle if they want to get back to winning ways in the National League.

Head To Head
Sunday’s game will be just the 23rd competitive meeting between the sides and Barnet have the slight edge having won nine games in comparison to Pools’ eight.

The Bees did the double over Pools last time they shared a division in 2016/17 and we haven’t enjoyed a home victory over them since a 6-1 thrashing in December 2000.

Last Meeting
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Pools 0 Barnet 2 (Akinde 66, Akinola 71)

Pools: Fryer, Magnay. Bates, Harrison, Featherstone (Blackford 69), Thomas, Walker, Woods, Deverdics, Oates, Alessandra (Amond 59).
Subs not used: Carson, Hawkins, Rooney, Rodney.

Barnet: Vickers, Johnson, Nelson, Taylor, Clough, Weston, Bover Izquierdo (Champion 65), Campbell-Ryce, Shomotun (Akinola 65), Taylor (Fonguck 89), J Akinde.
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Santos, S Akinde.

Martin Woods returns to The Super 6 Stadium for a second time this season on Sunday when he’s the man in the middle for our meeting with Barnet.

The official was also on the whistle when we hosted Aldershot Town on home turf in September, whilst he was also the man to send-off Andrew Davies in our 1-0 defeat at Wrexham earlier this month.

Woods is in his first season on the National League’s list of referees and his most recent appointment saw him take charge at Chesterfield for their 1-1 FA Cup with Billericay last weekend.

Live Coverage
There’ll be live commentary on Pools PlayerHD as usual when Brian Honour joins Mark Simpson in The Super 6 press box from 4.20pm.

The duo will bring you all the latest ahead of kick-off and then describe every step of the action as it unfolds against The Bees.

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 on Sunday.

Live On BT Sport
Sunday’s game is being broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and their coverage will get underway from 4pm with a pre-match interview lined-up with suspended Pools skipper Carl Magnay.

The show will be hosted by Matt Smith who will be joined by Chris Hargreaves and Andy Mangan, while the commentary team will be Adam Summerton and Adam Virgo.

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

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 3pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.

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

Pools have been installed as 7/5 favourites for three points, with Barnet priced at 9/5 and the draw rated an 11/15 shot 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 Beaten By Barnet In Live TV Game

18 November 2018

Kenton Richardson Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Kenton Richardson in action for Pools against Barnet.

Pools lost out 3-1 to Barnet in front of the BT Sport cameras at The Super 6 Stadium this evening.

Matthew Bates's side had taken a deserved early lead through Peter Kioso but two quick-fire goals from Manny Duku for the visitors turned the game on its head and Pools could find no reply. Barnet then added a third goal late in added time to make it 3-1.

It was Pools who had started the game brightest and they lively opening paid off with a goal after just ten minutes.

A good cross in from Kenton Richardson saw visiting keeper Mark Cousins drift off his line, allowing Paddy McLaughlin to get a shot in which found its way to Peter Kioso at the far post and he made no mistake as he put the ball into the net to make it 1-0.

Pools were close to a second shortly after when a Liam Noble freekick was headed goalwards by Barnet man Jack Taylor, causing Cousins to scramble towards the far post but in the end he watched it go just inches wide.

Richardson was next to have a strike at goal as Pools looked to capitalise on the opener, but his low drive scraped wide of the post.

After a shaky reaction to going behind, Barnet began to see more of the ball and Taylor fired a warning shot on 21 minutes which hit the side netting.

Just three minutes later though and a great cross in from Dan Sweeney on the right picked out Manny Duku rising highest in the box and he powered a header past Scott Loach to even up the scores.

And then just one minute later, Barnet were 2-1 up; Pools were caught out straight from the re-start as goalscorer Kioso took too long on the ball, allowing Duku to steal possession and the visiting striker ran into the box where he sent a neat finish into the net to give his side the lead.

It was a quite a turnaround for Pools who had looked comfortable at 1-0 up but now faced a battle to get back into the game.

Another freekick from Noble gave Pools the best chance of equalising before the break but, while his kick picked out Kioso, the defender’s header bounced down and into the arms of Cousins.

Barnet finished the first half strongest, pressuring deep into added time with a number of set pieces and it was the visitors who pressed from the off after the break.

Scott Loach had to be alert in the opening minutes to push away a Jack Taylor effort, which threatened to go in straight from a corner, while Charlie Adams fired one just over the bar from the edge of the box.

Byron Harrison broke through on goal to pull Scott Loach off his line but saw his chipped effort go wide of the far post.

Good work from Kenton Richardson down the right saw the full back get forward and whip a decent cross into the box, which was met by Luke James at the far post but his header was blocked out by the defender.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, Pools upped their pressure on the visitors’ goal for a spell, with Luke James sending one effort wide and watching another deflect the same way.

Josh Walker broke through at the other end to try his luck on goal but he sent his final effort high over the bar. 

A Liam Noble chip into the box was just inches away from the head of sub Marcus Dinanga as Pools looked for a late leveller, while Noble himself saw a shot from close range deflected wide.

With the game deep into the five minutes of added time, Barnet took advantage of a slip by Anderson and Walker broke through into the box to finish things off at 3-1. 

Despite a change in formation, with Pools throwing three up front for much of the second half, the breakthrough didn't come and it was Barnet, who were solid at the back all afternooon, who took the three points. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Barnet 3

Attendance: 3545 (47 Barnet)

Booked: Featherstone, Anderson.

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Kioso, Anderson, Kitching, Donaldson, Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin (Dinanga 78), James, O’Neill (Muir 64).
Subs Not Used: Butler, Hawkes, Newton.

Barnet: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Robson, Adams, Taylor, Fonguck, Sweeney, Duku (Harrison 45), Bettamer (Walker 69).
Subs Not Used: Sparkes, Matrevics, Elito.

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Ticket News

Ticket Office Closed On Saturday

16 November 2018

The Super 6 Stadium
The Super 6 Stadium

The Club’s Ticket Office won’t be open on Saturday but will be open from 12noon on Sunday ahead of our game against Barnet.

Matthew Bates’ men are playing host to The Bees in a 4.30pm kick-off – a fixture switched to Sunday to accommodate live broadcast on BT Sport.

Fans will be able to buy their tickets for the game in advance from 12noon right up until kick-off on Sunday but are reminded we will remain closed on Saturday.

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