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Preview: Wrexham v Pools

30 October 2018

Wrexham v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Wrexham v Hartlepool United

We look ahead to our next National League outing with a full and in-depth preview of Tue

Wrexham v Pools
National League
Tuesday 30th October 2018, 7.45pm
The Racecourse Ground

In Opposition
Wrexham have started the season strongly and are currently well placed in third position ahead of Pools’ visit to The Racecourse Ground on Tuesday.

The loss for former boss Dean Keates to Walsall in March was a blow to the club but they look to have chosen wisely with his replacement with Sam Ricketts doing a fine job so far in North Wales.

The Dragons have lost just twice in the league this term – both away from home – and have won three of their last four games to move within a point of leaders Le.

Wrexham are now in to their eleventh season in the National League but, given their performance over the opening three months, fans may be forgiven for thinking a return to the EFL finally beckons.

Star Player
Luke Summerfield has been a core part of the Wrexham midfield since making a summer switch to The Racecourse Ground from Grimsby Town.

The 30-year-old brings plenty of experience to The Dragons’ engine room and knows what it takes to enjoy success at this level having played 18 games on loan with champions Macclesfield Town last term.

The former Plymouth Argyle, Shrewsbury Town and York City schemer has missed just one game so far this season but will be a key component in the middle of the park if he's fit for Tuesday night.

Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the 106th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Wrexham have enjoyed the fixture more having won 48 times in comparison to Pools’ 39 triumphs.

The Dragons won 2-0 on their first visit to The Vic in over ten years in January thanks to double from Scott Quigley after the teams had drawn 0-0 at The Racecourse Ground last September.

Pools’ last win over Wrexham came courtesy of a Jon Daly hat-trick in September 2006 – the Irishman scoring all of the goals in a 3-0 home win.

Referee
Martin Woods will take charge of his second Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Wrexham.

New to the National League’s list of referees this season, Woods previously oversaw Pools’ 1-1 draw with Aldershot Town at The Super 6 Stadium back in September.

His most recent appointment came at the weekend when he was on the whistle for Leyton Orient’s 4-0 thumping of Havant & Waterlooville.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will be able to access live commentary of Tuesday evening’s game at Wrexham with Mark Simpson by logging-on to Pools PlayerHD.

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
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Wrexham on Tuesday evening.

Click here for full ticket information on our trip to The Racecourse Ground.

Betting
Wrexham have been installed as 17/20 favourites for three points on Tuesday night with Pools rated a 5/2 shot for a victory and the draw priced up at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and take a look at a full range of odds ahead of kick-off.

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Match Reports

Ten-Man Pools Lose Out At Wrexham

30 October 2018

Marcus Dinanga Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Marcus Dinanga started for Pools at Wrexham.

Ten-man Pools suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season despite a performance full of character at high-flying Wrexham on Tuesday night.

Down by a goal and a man at half-time following Andrew Davies’ sending-off, few gave Pools a hope of recovering but while they couldn’t find an all-important equaliser, their second half performance will have provided plenty of positive for Matthew Bates and the 121 travelling fans.

Bates opted to shake things up by making two changes for the trip to North Wales; Myles Anderson returned in defence with Peter Kioso freed in to a right wing-back role, Ryan Donaldson on the left and Marcus Dinanga handed a first start in attack.

Pools gave as good as they got in the early stages though it was the hosts who had the first shot in anger when Luke Young found space to fire a shot on goal which Scott Loach parried and Jordan Maguire-Drew headed over from the rebound.

Wrexham keeper Rob Lainton was then called in to action when Davies precise long ball found Marcus Dinanga who brilliantly took the ball on his chest before twisting on to his right foot and drilling a low shot which was well kept out by the home stopper at his near post.

Davies got on the end of the resultant corner with a powerful header which was blocked on the line and then ricocheted around the area before fortuitously landing in the hands of a grateful Lainton.

At the other end a heavy touch by the usually reliable Nicky Featherstone allowed Akil Wright a chance on goal but he sent a shot just wide with Loach rooted to the spot.

Dinanga almost bullied his way through on goal moments later, getting the better of Shaun Pearson only for the Wrexham skipper’s centre-back partner Jake Lawlor to rescue the situation with a recovery tackle.

On 21 minutes it was the hosts who drew first blood when out of nowhere Young let fly with a low shot which somehow deceived Loach and squirmed from his grasp and in to the net.

Pools reacted with spirit though and could have been on level terms when the dangerous Ryan Donaldson drove in from the left and drilled a shot at goal which Lainton did well to turn round his near post.

Davies then saw red following a tussle with Stuart Beavon on the halfway line. The Wrexham forward looked to roll on top of the Pools skipper after the pair fell to the floor together and that drew a reaction from Davies who was given his marching orders within a flash by referee Martin Woods.

It could have got worse for Pools just before the break when Maguire-Drew wriggled his way in to the penalty area but Peter Kioso got back on the line to clear his shot away with Loach beaten.

Up against it, Pools came out fighting after the break – and anxiety levels grew to such an extent that home supporters were left to vent their anger on their own players during a nervy 45 minutes for The Dragons.

Pools kept the ball well, moved it around swiftly and began to go at their opponents, Liam Noble firing a warning when his long-range drive caught Lainton by surprise and he just about managed to parry it round the post.

Bates’ men continued to probe and the introduction of Luke James and Conor Newton added further fuel as they pushed the home side on to the back foot.

James almost grabbed a deserved leveller as injury-time was signalled when he got in on the left side of the area but his low drill was brilliantly blocked by Lainton.

Donaldson came even closer right at the death when he once again cut inside from the left and smashed a shot which grazed the roof of the net as it flew over.

Applause from the visiting fans at the end told the story – defeat here at The Racecourse Ground but plenty for Pools to carry with them in to Saturday’s game at Bromley.

Full Time: Wrexham 1 Pools 0

Booked: McLaughlin (8), Anderson (81), Magnay (90), Donaldson, Kioso.

Attendance: 4665 (121 Pools)

Wrexham: Lainton, Roberts, Jennings, Pearson, Young, Pyke, Maguire-Drew (Deverdics 85), Walker (Rutherford 81), Wright, Beavon (Fondop 58), Lawlor.
Subs Not Used: Dibble, Holroyd, Deverdics.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Davies, Anderson, Kioso, Donaldson, Featherstone (Newton 66), McLaughlin (Hawkes 82), Noble, Muir (James 66), Dinanga.
Subs Not Used: Kitching, Hawkins.

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Ticket News

Tickets On Sale For Wrexham Trip

29 October 2018

The Racecourse Ground Back Page Images/REX/Shutterstock
Wrexham play their games at The Racecourse Ground

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to follow the lads in our game at Wrexham on Tuesday 30th October (7.45pm kick-off).

Pools fans can buy their tickets in advance for our game at Wrexham by visiting our hosts’ Online Tickets Website – click here now.

We will be housed in the Bkoncepts Stand with an allocation of up to 1,200 for the game at The Racecourse Ground and fans can save a little money by buying online or by calling Wrexham on 01978 891 864.

Click here to visit Wrexham’s Online Ticket Website.

Family Tickets are once again available for visiting fans both online and at the Wrexham Ticket Office prior to kick-off but these won’t be on sale from the turnstiles.

Fans are also advised that Under 11 Tickets can only be bought from the Wrexham Ticket Office and will not be on the turnstiles.

Online prices are denoted below in brackets.

Prices
Adults - £20 (£19)
Over 65s - £15 (£14)
Under 21s - £15 (£14)
Over 80s - £8
Under 18s - £8
Under 11s - £1

Family Tickets

Under 18s Tickets
1 Adults and 1 Under 18 - £23 (£22)
1 Adult and 2 Under 18s - £26 (£25)
2 Adults and  2 Under 18s - £46 (£44)

Under 11s Tickets
1 Adults and 1 Under 11 - £21 (£20)
1 Adult and 2 Under 11s - £22 (£21)
2 Adults and  2 Under 11s - £42 (£40)

Proof of age may be requested when either buying in advance or at the turnstiles.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters should contact Wrexham’s Ticket Office direct on 01978 891 864 to discuss their individual requirements.

Pools fans will enter the ground via Turnstiles 1-4.

Click here now to visit Wrexham’s Online Ticket Website.

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