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Preview: Pools v Gillingham

21 November 2018

Hartlepool United v Gillingham Funkee Monkey
Hartlepool United v Gillingham

We turn our attentions to Wednesday’s FA Cup action with a full and in-depth preview of Gillingham’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Gillingham
FA Cup First Round Replay
Wednesday 21st November 2018, 7.45pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Gillingham arrive in the north-east just one point above the League One relegation zone following their narrow weekend defeat at Oxford United.

The Gills enjoyed a strong start to the season with two wins in a row to kick-off 2018/19 but things unravelled a little after that and their next victory didn’t arrive until October.

Back to back thrashings of Bradford City and Fleetwood Town raised spirits for the Kent outfit but a home defeat to Blackpool followed by the home draw with Pools caused more frustration.

Like Pools, Steve Lovell’s men will be hoping that a good result in the FA Cup can help provide them with a platform to get back to their best in the league.

Star Player
Pools did a good job of keeping Tom Eaves under wraps when the sides met in the first game at Priestfield Stadium – but they will know they have it all to do again on Wednesday night.

The big front man hit the net 18 times last term and is already in to double figures again this season so is the obvious threat for the visitors.

Whilst his chances were limited in the first tie, Eaves knows where the goals is and has scored against Pools in the past when he was on loan at Rotherham United back in 2012.

Head To Head
Wednesday’s game will be just the 36th competitive meeting between the sides and Gillingham have the edge after winning 15 of the previous encounters in comparison to Pools’ 11 triumphs.

Last Saturday’s meeting was the first-ever in a cup competition and the first in any competition since January 2010 when they drew 1-1 at Victoria Park – Neil Austin scored the goal for Pools.

The Gills have made six visits to Hartlepool since their last win here back in 1989 when they ran out 2-1 winners in the old Division Four.

Last Meeting
Saturday 10th November 2018
Gillingham 0 Pools 0

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

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Donaldson (Newton 89), Noble, Featherstone, McLaughlin, James (O’Neill 71), Dinanga (Muir 77).
Subs not used:
Catterick, Muprhy, Hawkes, Woods.

Referee
It will be Scott Oldham’s first-ever game in charge of Pools when he’s the man in the middle for our FA Cup replay with Gillingham.

The official is now in to his second season on the EFL’s list of referees and the majority of his assignments this term have come in Leagues One and Two.

Oldham’s most recent fixture was at the weekend when he oversaw Peterborough United’s 1-1 draw with Bradford City at London Road.

Competition Rules
If the tie is still level at the end of ninety minutes then it will go to extra-time, after which a penalty shootout can be used if required.

Live Coverage
You can enjoy full live online FA Cup commentary on Wednesday night when Brian Honour will join Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm.

They’ll bring you the best in build-up to kick-off at The Super 6 Stadium and then deliver all the action as it unfolds as the sides battle it out for a place in Round Two.

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 Wednesday.

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

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.

Betting
Gillingham have been installed as 10/11 favourite for the victory inside ninety minutes on Wednesday, while Pools are 3/1 for the win and a draw is priced at 5/2.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and check out a full list of odds on our FA Cup tie.

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Match Reports

Pools Knocked Out Of Cup In Extra Time

21 November 2018

Paddy McLaughlin Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Paddy McLaughlin in FA Cup action for Pools.

Pools were knocked out of this year's Emirates FA Cup by Gillingham, with the visitors scoring late in normal time to level things at 2-2 and take it into extra time.

And two extra-time strikes from the visitors ensured it will be the League One side who make the trip to face Slough Town in the Second Round of the competition.

Carl Magnay and Paddy McLaughlin had put Pools 2-0 up in the first half, with the visitors pulling one back just after the re-start. The late goal for The Gills, which came from the spot, levelled things up and Pools failed to recover from the blow as the visitors went on to secure the win in extra time. 

Gillingham started the game quickly, with a low effort from Tom Eaves testing Scott Loach inside the first minute but the Pools keeper was on alert and he got down well to hold it.

The visitors were brightest in the opening ten minutes but Pools soon began to press at the other end.

Ryan Donaldson had the first chance for Pools just before the quarter-hour mark when he fired in a drive from the edge of the box but he sent his effort wide. And Donaldson had the next big chance of the game, when he saw his header from close range somehow kept out by Tomas Holy in the visiting goal.

Nicky Featherstone tried his luck from 20 yards out, but watched his shot go wide, while at the other end Darren Oldaker had his shot from distance held by Loach.

Pools were looking confident by this stage, looking solid at the back while battling to get forward and with 22 minutes on the clock, Carl Magnay opened the scoring. A great freekick from Liam Noble arrived perfectly for Magnay at the far post and he made no mistake with a powerful header past Holy and into the back of the net.

Oldaker had a deflected effort put round the post by Loach as The Gills looked for a quick reply but it was Pools who next found the target.

Marcus Dinanga, who was lively this evening, fired in a good shot on goal that was only parried by Holy and Paddy McLaughlin reacted quickest as he arrived at the far post to put the ball home for his first goal for the Club.

There was a blow for Pools on 38 minutes when skipper Andrew Davies, who had been dominant for Pools this evening, went down with injury and the defender had to go off but Bates had a couple of options on the bench and Myles Anderson replaced.

Featherstone had another effort late in the half when he turned well on the edge of the area before firing a low strike through the area but it went wide and Pools went in 2-0 up at the break.

Gillingham started the half with a goal inside the first five minutes as defender Max Ehmer fired home at the far post to make for a tenser second 45 than we had hoped for.

After being the better side for much of the first half, Pools faced more of a battle in the second in a more even contest.

Luke James had a powerful strike at goal which was spilled by Holy but just as it looked set to cross the line, the keeper spun and grabbed the ball to keep it out.

With twenty minutes left, the visitors pressed for a spell, with a number of corners to test the hosts’ resolve but Pools battled well, throwing everything in the way to hold onto the lead.

A long cross in from the right picked out Tom Eaves in the centre and there was a slow wait for everyone as it made it way just over the bar at the far post.

Tyrone O’Neill broke forward at speed for Pools to push on into the box and send a shot goalwards but his effort was denied by Holy who stuck out a hand to deny the goal.

At the other end, Scott Loach reacted well to push a shot from Billy Bingham over the bar and great tracking back by Featherstone denies the visitors as the midfielder blocks well inside the box to put the ball safely into the arms of his keeper.

Magnay blocked wide a well-struck effort from Ehmer in the closing minutes as the visitors kept coming in search of an equaliser.  

But Pools were served a late, late blow as a cross into the box from the right was handled by a raised blue and white shirt, with the referee pointing straight to the spot. Tom Eaves stepped up to take it and made no mistake, firing into the bottom to corner to square things up and send the tie into extra time. 

Pools made a couple of decent breaks forward in the first period; the first from O'Neill down the right opened things up but his cross in to Noble was intercepted by Holy. And Conor Newton burst upfield shortly after to play in Donaldson but again the visiting keeper got in the way. 

Gillingham took the lead on 102 minutes when Luke O'Neill curled a lovely freekick past the wall and into the left hand corner of Loach's net to make it 3-2 and give Pools even more work to do. 

And the visitors made sure of their progress in the competition just after the re-start in the second period of added time when Elliott List fired home to make it 4-2. 

Tyrone O'Neill showed real persistence to get a late goal back for Pools but it was just too late for the team to capitalise on and The Gills held on for the win. 

Full Time: Pools 3 Gillingham 4

Attendance: 1873 (101 Gillingham)

Booked: Featherstone (45), Magnay (59), Loach (90)

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Davies (Anderson 38), Magnay, Kitching, Donaldson, Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin, James (Newton 84), Dinanga (O’Neill 67).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Kioso, Muir, Hawkes.

Gillingham: Holy, O’Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani, Hanlan (List 46), Eaves (Lacey 118), Charles-Cook (Rees 64), Fuller (Garmston 72), Bingham, Oldaker, Byrne.
Subs Not Used: Parrett, Hadler, Ogilvie.

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Ticket News

Cut Price FA Cup Tickets Still On Sale

21 November 2018

The Super 6 Stadium Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
The Super 6 Stadium

Cut-price tickets are on sale now for our First Round FA Cup replay against Gillingham at The Super 6 Stadium on Wednesday 21st November (7.45pm kick-off).

We’ve trimmed admission prices to just £15 for adults, £10 for Seniors and £5 for Under 19s – and Pools fans can still buy their tickets for the tie from the Club’s Ticket Office.

There are no cash turnstiles in operation for the tie, though there are selected turnstiles where fans can pay by card.

However, as well as the main Ticket Office which opens at 12noon on Wednesday, we also have two Matchday Ticket Offices which open from 6.15pm to se

Prices
Adults - £15
Seniors (60 and over) - £10
Under 19s - £5
Under 5s – Free

The Ticket Office is open 10am until 4pm each weekday and from 12noon until kick-off on Wednesday.

If you would like to order over the phone then call 01429 272 584 (Option 2).

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