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Preview: FC Halifax Town v Pools

21 September 2018

FC Halifax Town v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
FC Halifax Town v Hartlepool United

We look ahead to Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of our visit to The Shay Stadium.

FC Halifax Town v Pools
National League
Saturday 22nd September 2018, 3pm
The Shay Stadium

In Opposition
FC Halifax Town have emerged as one of the potential surprise packages of the National League during the opening weeks of the new campaign.

The Shaymen won five our their first seven games, leaving Chairman David Bosomworth to admit that Jamie Fullarton’s new-look squad were exceeding their own expectations.

However, three draws and a defeat since August turned to September have seen them fall outside the top seven though they can leapfrog back above Pools with victory this weekend.

Fullarton admitted his anger in the wake of Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Maidenhead United but they’ve taken 13 points from a possible 15 on their own patch this term so will look to bounce back against Pools.

Star Player
Dayle Southwell has come to the fore as one of Halifax’s main men this season having joined the club over the summer from relegated Guiseley.

A former Grimsby Town trainee, Southwell has already helped himself to four goals this season and they Shaymen are yet to taste defeat when the 24-year-old has been on the scoresheet.

Shaymen boss Jamie Fullarton has long been an admirer of the front man – whom he tried to sign as a teenager for Bolton Wanderers – and he’s one Pools will need to keep quiet on Saturday.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 125th competitive meeting between the two sides and Halifax have enjoyed the edge, winning 56 times in comparison to Pools’ 47 victories in the fixture.

Honours were even last term as both sides won on home territory, while Pools did the double over Town when they last met in league action back in 2001/02, clinching a play-off place with a 2-0 win at The Shay in April 2002.

Indeed, last season’s defeat at Halifax – which proved to be Craig Harrison’s last game in charge – was the first time The Shaymen had beaten Pools in eight attempts.

Daniel Middleton will take charge of his third Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to FC Halifax Town.

Last term he oversaw our 1-1 draw on home soil against Sutton United in October as well as our thrilling comeback to draw 3-3 at AFC Fylde in March.

Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, Middleton’s most recent outing was on Tuesday when he was on duty for Boreham Wood’s 4-0 win at Sutton.

Live Coverage
Join Mark Simpson for full live online commentary of Saturday afternoon’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

Pools PlayerHD is available to fans anywhere in the world on any computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone so it’s even easier than ever to stay right up-to-date with the action.

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

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets at FC Halifax Town prior to kick-off on the day on the game.

Click here for full ticket information on our trip to The Shay Stadium.

FC Halifax Town have been installed as slight 7/5 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Pools rated a 19/10 shot and the draw priced up at 9/4 by 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

Pools Win Again Away From Home

22 September 2018

Pools won for a fourth successive away game for the first time since 2006 as goals from Liam Noble and Nicky Featherstone helped them overcome FC Halifax Town.

After a goalless first half there was a crazy start to the second period with Pools going in front from the spot through Noble after home skipper Matty Brown had been red-carded for a foul on Peter Kioso in the box.

It got worse for the hosts moments later when Matty Kosylo was shown a second yellow card and they were down to nine much to the disgust of the home supporters.

Nicky Featherstone poured salt in the wounds with a wonderful goal to mark his 30th birthday to make it 2-0 before Jacob Hanson grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.

Pools were handed a big boost ahead of kick-off with the news that Andrew Davies returned to early from injury to captain the side from centre-back, Peter Kioso moving to right-back to accommodate for the loss of Ryan Donaldson to a hamstring injury.

Pools were quickly out of the traps and the game had hardly settled down before they made their intentions clear, Niko Muir lashing a shot wide within the first sixty seconds.

It was almost a dream start moments later when Liam Noble sent a wonderfully-guided shot with the instep of his boot over keeper Sam Johnson who remained motionless as the ball crashed back off the underside of his crossbar and out.

Noble whipped a free-kick just over the bar not long after before Muir’s turn and shot was just too high at the end of a flowing Pools move as Matthew Bates’ men went through the gears.

Out of nowhere, the hosts broke menacingly down the right and almost snatched the lead when Jordan Preston’s ball in to the front post was diverted goalwards by Jonathan Edwards but Scott Loach reacted quickly to turn it round for a corner.

Pools continued to dominate possession, knocking it around with real confidence – though Mark Kitching did have to block a shot from the dangerous Preston as The Shaymen countered.

There was also more heroics from Loach when Preston drove infield from the right and let fly with a low drive which seemed ready to nestle in to the bottom corner before a brilliant, full-stretch intervention from the Pools keeper.

Bates’ men upped the pressure as the break drew close and an intense period of attacking saw shots from Noble and McLaughlin before Luke James prodded wide to allow the Halifax defenders to draw breath.

There was even a half-chance in injury-time for Pools after Noble did well to work the ball wide right for James but his cutback wasn’t met with the connection Muir wanted and the home side escaped again.

They enjoyed no such luck early in the second half though; within minutes of the restart Noble’s deep free-kick was headed on goal by Kioso and held by the keeper – but home skipper Brown was shown a straight red card for an alleged stamp on the teenager in the aftermath.

Noble kept his cool to slide home the resultant spot-kick before setting-off on a typically exuberant celebration in front of the near-1000 travelling fans.

Town winger Kosylo had been booked for arguing about the first red card but was soon given his own marching orders following a foul on the halfway line and the hosts were reduced to nine men.

After that, it was total dominance from Pools as they swept the ball around and made their hosts run, James coming close to adding a second when he fired over on the stretch after good set-up play from Kitching.

The second goal arrived just after the hour when Featherstone drove in from the right hand side after a short-corner and drilled an unstoppable shot in to the top left corner of the net to cue more wild celebrations in the away end.

Substitute Kenton Richardson teed up Kitching who headed wide and Muir prodded an effort off-target at the front post as Pools continued to probe and press.

Josh Hawkes came off the bench and almost netted with a curling effort before fellow sub Marcus Dinanga and then Noble both drew further fine saves from keeper Johnson.

Halifax grabbed their goal back in the final minute when Preston led a counter-attack to feed Hanson and he clipped the ball past the advancing Loach to set-up a slightly nervy finish.

However, there was no further scares for Pools who held on for the points and moved back up to fifth in the National League, a point behind Tuesday’s hosts Salford City.

Full Time: FC Halifax Town 1 Pools 2

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Sellers, Brown, Clarke, Hanston, Lenighan, Berrett, Kosylo, Southwell (Maher 52), Preston, Edwards (Odelusi 71).
Subs not used: Rowley, McLeod, King.

Booked: Lenighan, Brown, Kosylo.

Sent-off: Brown, Kosylo.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Davies (Richardson 68), Anderson, Kioso, Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin, Kitching, Muir (Dinanga 79), James (Hawkes 79).
Subs not used: Newton, Woods.

Booked: Kioso.

Attendance: 2,368 (959 Pools)

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Ticket News

Parking Information For FC Halifax Town

19 September 2018

Hunger Hill
Fans can park in the multi-storey car park on Hunger Hill

Here’s some helpful information regarding a place to park if you’re heading to Saturday's game at The Shay Stadium.

FC Halifax Town have advised us that they have obtained the sole use of a multi-storey car park which is located adjacent to the away turnstiles to be used by Pools fans this weekend.

The car park is on Hunger Hill and is open to both home and away supporters at a price of £5 with entry from 1pm.

If you choose to use this facility we’ve been told that having the correct money available when gaining entry would be very helpful.

Visiting fans are also welcome in the bar located in the East Stand car park area before the turnstiles open.

Click here for information on tickets for Saturday's fixture at FC Halifax Town.

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