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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.