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Preview: Pools v Boreham Wood

5 October 2018

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Hartlepool United v Boreham Wood

We turn the spotlight on Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of Boreham Wood's visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Boreham Wood
National League
Saturday 6th October 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Boreham Wood have enjoyed a steady start to the new campaign as they look to shrug off the disappointment of losing in last season’s Play-Off Final at Wembley.

After making fantastic progress in recent seasons under boss Luke Garrard, The Wood emerged as dark horses for promotion last term and almost went all the way only to fall against Tranmere Rovers at the final hurdle.

Their success attracted some bigger clubs and they lost three key players during the summer – the most notable being Bruno Andrade who top-scored last term with 20 goals in the National League.

However, the disappointment of losing him and other high-profile stars was offset with the news that they were able to tie stars such as Angelo Balanta – who hit double figures last season – down to new contracts at Meadow Park.

They arrive in the North East on the back of a poor run of form which has seen them lose three successive league games for the first time in eighteen months and they will be hoping to put that right at The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.

Star Player
Josh Umerah has hit the ground running since joining The Wood on loan from Charlton Athletic at the start of the season.

The 21-year-old has found the net five times in 13 appearances so far this term with his size and strength causing problems for National League defences.

If Pools want to pick up all three points this weekend then the Addicks’ youngster is someone they will certainly have to keep a close eye on at The Super 6 Stadium.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the third time the two teams have met in competitive action – last season with the first time the clubs have shared a division.

Fans will be hoping for more goalmouth action when the two teams go up against each other this weekend because last term both meetings ended in 0-0 draws.

Last Meeting
Saturday 10th March 2018
Pools 0 Boreham Wood 0

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Harrison (s/o 65), Donnelly, Adams, Featherstone, Hawkins (Hawkes 90), Newton (Laing 67), Woods, Cassidy, Oates (Rodney 76).
Subs not used: Catterick, Owen.

Boreham Wood: G Smith, K Smith, Woodards, Stephens, Turley, Ricketts, Champion, Murtagh, Andrade, Balanta, Ferrier.
Subs not used: Doe, Davey, Quigley, Folivi.

Referee
Gareth Rhodes will be in charge of a Pools game for the first time on Saturday when he’s on the whistle for our encounter with Boreham Wood.

The official is another new addition to the National League’s list of referees and has so far overseen five games at this level this season.

His most recent appointment came over in Cumbria when he was the man in the middle for Gateshead’s 2-1 win over Barrow at Holker Street.

Live Coverage
Brian Honour will once again join Mark Simpson in the commentary box to provide full live coverage on the game against Boreham Wood on Pools PlayerHD.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm on Saturday to set the scene ahead of kick-off and then describe the action for Pools fans all over the world.

Click here now to join Pools PlayerHD for the season for just £24.99 and access live commentary of every game, home and away.

Tickets
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which will be open from 10am until kick-off on Saturday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand from 1.30pm 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
Sky Bet have once again introduced a series of boosts ahead of our fixture on Saturday with Pools to win and both teams to score now out at a very tempting 4/1.

Pools are rated 11/8 favourites for the victory, with visitors Boreham Wood a 2/1 shot and the draw priced at 11/5 by our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and check a full range of markets and some bet boosts ahead of Saturday’s game.

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Match Reports

Davies Double Seals Pools Win

6 October 2018

Andrew Davies Steven Hadlow (Shutter Press)
Andrew Davies scores his first goal for Pools

A goal in each half from skipper Andrew Davies secured a 2-0 win for Pools over Boreham Wood at The Super 6 Stadium.

Matthew Bates's side had to dig in at times against a battling Boreham Wood side but they put in a solid and well-organised display to take all three points. 

Boreham Wood started the brightest of the teams and had the early chances in the game as Pools struggled to get going.

The visitors won the first corner of the game on ten minutes and, when the ball came into the box from the right Josh Umerah found himself in space. He threw himself at the ball and sent a low header wide of Scott Loach’s post.

The big striker picked up possession inside the box just after, where he turned to shoot at goal but hit his effort straight at Loach who held it.

Boreham Wood were strong in possession and looked a threat from set pieces, with a real aerial presence in their side.

Pools started to press as the half-hour mark approached through and on 24 minutes, Luke James opened things up to cross for Mark Kitching who saw his shot blocked out. The rebound fell out to Liam Noble arriving in the box but his low strike was also stopped by the visitors before Niko Muir’s attempt went wide.

Umerah had another effort on goal as he cracked a thunderous strike towards Scott Loach from 25 yards but, with the ball going over the keeper, his strike smashed against the crossbar and bounced back into play.

Pools were ahead just after though as Mark Kitching set up James who won a corner for his side. Liam Noble whipped the set piece in from the left and he picked out skipper Andrew Davies at the far post who sent a powerful header back past Ellery Balcombe and into the back of the net for his first goal for the Club.

It could have been 2-0 just after as Pools looked lively following the goal but Luke James saw his effort blocked out by Balcombe.  

Pools took their one-goal lead into the break but would need more to secure the points against a determined Boreham Wood side.

But it was the visitors who looked brightest in the early exchanges of the second half, with the lively Umerah pushing through into the box and sliding a low effort just wide of the post.

Luke James, who caused the most problems for Boreham Wood this afternoon, forced his way into the box from the left to turn and fire a shot towards the far corner of the goal but his effort went wide on the hour mark.

Pools had strong calls for a penalty when Andrew Davies was brought down inside the box but the official ignored the appeals and awarded a goal kick instead.

The visitors then broke straight up field where Gozie Ugwu fired in a shot from eight yards that looked set to draw them level but Loach had other ideas and pulled off a great one-handed stop to deny the goal.

James was back causing problems at the other end and forced a save from Balcombe; James broke through between two defenders to turn into space and shoot at the near post but he was denied by the visiting keeper who blocked out for a corner.

A cross into the box from the right was headed wide by Manny Parry who had got up highest, as the visitors kept plugging away for an equaliser.

But it was Pools who got that crucial second goal as Davies stood firm at the far post to get on the end of a Niko Muir cross to force a header past Balcombe to make it 2-0 on 82 minutes.

And the Pools skipper had a great chance to bag his hat-trick in the final minutes of the game as another Liam Noble corner found its way to him, but this time Davies saw his header blocked by the defender. 

Luke James went close to making it 3-0 when he fired a shot across goal that crept just wide of the far post as Pools dominated the closing minutes of the game. 

It was a hard-working display from Pools who earned the first home win since August with a 2-0 victory here this afternoon. 

Full Time: Pools 2 Boreham Wood 0

Attendance: 2988 (22 Boreham Wood)

Booked: Kioso, Donaldson, Magnay.

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso (Anderson 84), Davies, Magnay, Kitching, Feathrstone, Woods, Noble, Muir, James.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Hawkins, Hawkes, Dinanga.

Boreham Wood: Balcombe, Ilesanmi, Parry, Shakes, Champion, Umerah, Murtagh, Fyfield, Thomas (Shaibu 66), Ugwu, Smith.
Subs Not Used: Huddart, Morgan, Gibbs, Ndaiye.

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