We turn our attentions to Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of Aldershot Town's visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Aldershot Town
Saturday 29th September 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
It’s been a trying start to the season for Aldershot Town boss Gary Waddock who was forced to reinvent his squad during the summer after some high-profile departures at the end of last term.
The Shots have been play-off qualifiers in the last two seasons but now have some ground to make up if they want to make it three in a row after taking just 13 points from their opening 13 games.
Away from home has been a particular struggle for Waddock’s men – they’ve lost all six of their outings on the road, which equals the amount of away defeats they suffered during the whole of last term.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Key front man Scott Rendell is on his way back from a hamstring problem and Tuesday’s performance against Maidstone United was much-improved.
They may have lost 1-0 to The Stones but all reports indicate it was a real smash and grab from the visitors and if The Shots can maintain that sort of standard they will surely soon be climbing the table.
Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong has impressed since earning a contract at Aldershot Town during the summer following a pre-season trial.
Having been released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season, the 21-year-old winger’s direct style has been a big hit with supporters at The EBB Stadium so far.
He scored his first senior goals in the win over Sutton United last month but his main strength is providing chances for others so Pools will need to cut off this supply line on Saturday.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 59th competitive meeting between the two clubs and it’s Aldershot who have the edge historically having won 27 times in comparison to Pools’ 19 triumphs.
Pools will be aiming to avenge last season when The Shots completed the double over them, winning 2-1 at The EBB Stadium in March having enjoyed a 2-0 win at The Vic in November.
One thing’s for sure, the fixture is usually reasonably good on the entertainment front – there has never been a goalless draw between the two teams.
Tuesday 6th March 2018
Aldershot Town 2 (Rendell 13, Oyeleke 60) Pools 1 (Adams 45)
Aldershot Town: Cole, Alexander, Evans, Kinsella, Fowler, Oyeleke, McQuoid (McClure 75), Rowe, McDonnell (Reynolds 86), Fenelon (Taylor 58), Rendell.
Subs not used: Gallagher, Kabamba.
Pools: Loach, George (Adams 26), Harrison, Magnay, Donnelly, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Newton (Rodney 70), Cassidy, Oates (Hawkes 88).
Subs not used: Catterick, Laing.
Martin Woods will make his Super 6 Stadium debut on Saturday when he referees our National League meeting against Aldershot.
New to the division’s list of referees, Woods has so far taken charge of five games at this level ahead of his weekend’s appointment at Pools.
His last outing came at Holker Street last weekend when he was the man in the middle for Barrow’s 2-0 win over Maidenhead United.
Brian Honour will once again join Mark Simpson in the commentary box to provide full live coverage on the game against Aldershot Town 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.
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.
Sky Bet have once again introduced a series of boosts ahead of our fixture on Saturday with some great odds available on the action.
Pools are 17/20 favourites for three points, with The Shots priced at 10/3 and the draw priced up at 12/5 right now with our friends at Sky Bet.