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Kidsgrove Athletic

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Preview: Pools v Kidsgrove Athletic

19 October 2018

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We turn our attentions to the FA Cup with a full and in-depth preview of Kidsgrove Athletic's visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Kidsgrove Athletic
Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
Saturday 20th October 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Kidsgrove Athletic have already upset the odds to make it through to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for just the second time in their history.

They’ve seen off Ramsbottom United, Atherton and Mossley before pulling off a shock by defeating Workington in a dramatic replay which went to extra-time.

The Grove are also going well in the Evo-Stik West Division and currently occupy a play-off place under player-boss Ryan Austin who has assembled a talented squad.

The Staffordshire outfit will travel to the North-East on Friday to prepare for their visit to The Super 6 Stadium and look set to be backed by up to 300 fans – more than double their average home attendance this term.

Star Player
Ant Malbon is Club Captain and has been Athletic’s top scorer for the last four seasons so it’s no surprise to learn that he is a massive fans’ favourite at The Novus Stadium.

The 26-year-old has now hit the net over 100 times in less than 170 appearances and smashed 28 goals last term despite being injured for a large section of the campaign.

A former Kidderminster Harriers forward, Malbon is already well in to double figures again in 2018/19 and is also capable of providing chances for the players around him.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the first time the two teams have ever met in competitive action.

Referee
Tom Reeves will be in charge of a Pools fixture for the first time this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our FA Cup tie with Kidsgrove Athletic.

A new official added to the National League’s list of referees for this season, Reeves has overseen six games at that level so far during 2018/19.

His last appointment came in mid-September when he was on the whistle for Braintree Town’s win over Gateshead at The International Stadium.

Live Coverage
As usual, we'll have live online commentary of Saturday's game on Pools PlayerHD with Mark Simpson from 2.50pm.

Brian Honour is away but Mark will be joined by another special guest for the coverage which will be available to 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
There will be no cash turnstiles for home fans on Saturday though fans will be able to pay by card at Turnstiles 3 and 7 on the EDC Neale Coooper Stand and Turnstiles 3 and 6 on the Prestige Group Cyril Knowles Stand.

Fans can also 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 this game.

Competition Rules
Both sides are permitted to name seven substitutes in the FA Cup, though only three are allowed to be used.

In a change to the disciplinary procedure this season, yellow cards picked up in the FA Cup won’t be added to those picked up in the National League.

Instead, there is competition-specific sanctioning which means a player will serve a one-game suspension for every two yellow cards picked up in the FA Cup.

Red cards are unaffected and are not competition-specific.

Replay
If the tie ends in a draw then it will go to a replay which will be played at The Novus Stadium on Wednesday 24th October (7.45pm kick-off).

Betting
Pools have been installed as 2/7 favourites to progress on Saturday, with Kidsgrove rated a 17/2 shot and the bookies giving offs of 4/1 on tie going to a replay.

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

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Match Reports

Muir Goal Sees Pools Progress In Cup

20 October 2018

Pools v Kidsgrove Athletic Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Niko Muir puts Pools 1-0 up.

Niko Muir got the only goal of the game as Pools won to ensure their name goes into the hat for this season’s FA Cup First Round draw.

Kidsgrove Athletic put in a strong second half display but Matthew Bates’s side took the win thanks to an early Muir goal.

Pools got off to a great start, opening the scoring after just eight minutes when Niko Muir finished off a move from a corner by slotting low past Dominic Kurasik.

And Bates’s side maintained their early dominance, pushing the visitors back for the opening period of the first half.

Luke James fired in a snapshot from the edge of the box that pulled a strong save from Kurasik, while Andrew Davies saw a header from a Liam Noble corner punched clear off the line by the Kidsgrove stopper.

Noble’s freekick sent long into the area created the next opening for Pools; Kurasik came rushing out to punch the ball clear but it only went as far as Michael Woods on the edge of the box. The midfielder then sent a powerful drive back at goal, only to be denied by James Butler who got a head to it to send it over the bar.

While Pools looked the more dangerous throughout the first half, the visitors did have a couple of half chances from corners.

And after good work by Chris Budrys, Anthony Malbon sent an acrobatic volley at goal which was kept out by Scott Loach.

The only frustration for Pools in the first half would have been that they failed to turn their possession into more goals.

There was an early chance in the second half to rectify that as Peter Kioso rose highest to meet a cross into the box but the defender’s header found the grateful arms of Kurasik.

The visitors upped their pressure in the final third early in the second half, throwing everything up to try and find an equaliser; Lewis Bergin going closest with a low drive across goal which went wide at the far post.

This opened things up more for Pools at the other end and when Liam Noble broke forward, he found the space to get through a shoot a low drive at goal from the edge of the box but it went wide.

Nicky Featherstone was next to test his shooting boots with a powerful effort from the edge of the box but he was denied by Kurasik with a strong save.

Ryan Donaldson fired wide of the near post after good work by Muir and Noble, while Michael Woods sent one over the bar from 35 yards.

But with Pools struggling to assert themselves as much on the second half, the visitors continued to see more of the ball and they made Bates’s side work harder after the break.

With 70 minutes on the clock, Scott Loach was called into action as he pulled off a great save to deny Kyle Diskin with a freekick from just outside the area. And the Pools keeper did it again shortly after to prevent the equaliser coming following a corner kick.

The visitors had Pools rattled for a spell, with a second goal needed to calm any nerves on and off the pitch.

And Nicky Featherstone went close to being the man to get that goal as he forced his way forward before watching a decent strike go just wide of target.

Marcus Dinanga added a spark to the dying minutes of the game as he twisted into space to turn and fire a decent effort at goal but once again Pools were denied by Kurasik.

And that was the final chance of the afternoon as Bates’s side took the 1-0 win to progress to the First Round Proper of this year’s FA Cup competition.

Full Time: Pools 1 Kidsgrove Athletic 0

Attendance: 2703 (168 Kidsgrove Athletic)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Davies, Magnay, Donaldson, Featherstone, Noble (Hawkes 66), Woods (McLaughlin 66), Kitching, Muir (Dinanga 90), James.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Anderson, Richardson, Hawkins.

Kidsgrove Athletic: Kurasik, Freeland, Morris, Bergin (Rumenio 74), Butler, Rhodes, Diskin (Cole 85), Williams, Budrys (Saxon 65), Malbon, Williamson.
Subs Not Used: Burzynski, Twyford, Jepson, Austin.

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