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Preview: Pools v Aldershot Town

28 September 2018

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Hartlepool United v Aldershot Town

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
National League
Saturday 29th September 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
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.

Star Player
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.

Last Meeting
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.

Referee
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.

Live Coverage
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.

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 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.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and check out some bet boosts ahead of Saturday’s game.

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Match Reports

Pools Share Points With Aldershot Town

29 September 2018

Michael Woods Simon Moore (Shutter Press)
Michael Woods in action against Aldershot Town.

Pools had to settle for a point in this afternoon's National League fixture with Aldershot Town

Niko Muir opened the scoring in the first half and Matthew Bates's side looked in control but the visitors upped their pressure after half-time, getting the equaliser and in the end, Pools had to work hard for the point.

Aldershot Town had the first chance of the game and it came in the eighth minute when Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong skipped along the edge of the box to set up Luke Wanadio but the Shots man sent his effort from a tight angle over the bar.

Pools saw more of the ball in a quiet opening to the game but, while the visitors worked to slow the game down, Bates’s side were full of energy and closed down well.

The hosts had their first real chance on 25 minutes when a Liam Noble corner from the right picked out Andrew Davies in the box and typically the Pools skipper won the ball in the air to send a header just over the bar.

Niko Muir, who shook of the ankle injury picked up in the midweek game at Salford City to start this afternoon, was in lively form again from the off.

And the striker combined nicely with Michael Woods to play a one-two inside the box but the midfielder just couldn’t get the final shot away and Aldershot were able to clear.

But the Pools pair combined again just after the half hour mark and this time it paid off; Woods tipped a lovely volley back to Muir who executed the perfect lob over keeper Jake Cole and into the roof of the net to make it 1-0.

Ryan Donaldson, who recovered from his hamstring injury to return to the eleven for the game, put a great cross in from the right for Muir to fight for at the near post but the striker just lost out to the defender who cleared out for a throw.

Just before the break, Aldershot had a chance to level as Matt McClure broke free into the box to send a shot in at the near post but Scott Loach was brave in the challenge as he slid in to hold the shot.

Pools had the final shot of the half as Donaldson sent a lovely ball high upfield that was touched down by Mark Kitching for Luke James who saw his snapshot find only the arms of Cole.

There was a very scrappy opening ten minutes of the second half as both sides took their time to get going again but when they did, it was the visitors who first found their stride.

Scott Loach made a great save on 56 minutes to deny Andy McDonnell who had tried his luck with a shot from the edge of the box.

And the Pools keeper did it again just after as a cross came into the area from the left from Adam May which required the touch from Loach to keep it out of the danger area as the visitors enjoyed their best spell.

Loach made it a hat-trick of saves in just a couple of minutes as he punched clear another McDonnell effort as Aldershot upped the pressure.

Luke James broke up field to open things up for Pools but his low drive from distance was collected by Jake Cole.

And the visiting keeper reacted quickly to send the ball long up the pitch to set off a break down the right for Aldershot and when the ball picked out Matt McClure inside the box, he sent a right-footed strike past Loach to make it 1-1 and capitalise on their strong spell of pressure.

The visitors could have made it 2-1 shortly after the goal when a freekick picked out George Fowler at the far post but his headed effort hit the side netting.

Pools upped their game as the time ticked down and had some pressure of their own; Ryan Donaldson put a dangerous low cross in from the right which pulled a good save from Cole, while Pools had a penalty shout turned down after Donaldson was tripped inside the area.

But there was little else to threaten Cole's goal in the final minutes as Pools had more work to do at the other end of the pitch, with the visitors going closest when a Luke Howell effort crashed against the crossbar and bounced down on the line. The players in yellow all appealed for the goal but the officials denied the goal. 

The Shots had Pools pinned back in the final minutes as they looked to snatch the win in stoppage time but the game finished all square.

Full Time: Pools 1 Aldershot Town 1 

Attendance: 3251 (110 Aldershot Town)

Booked: Donaldson (35), Featherstone (90)

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Davies, Magnay (Anderson 85), Kitching, Featherstone, Woods (McLaughlin 63), Noble, Muir (Hawkes 63), James.
Subs Not Used: Newton, Dinanga.

Aldershot Town: Cole, Kinsella, McDonnell, Fowler, McClure, Wanadio (Rendell 60), Lelan, Booty, McCoy, Berkeley-Agyepong (Gallagher 29), May (Howell 77).
Subs Not Used: Bernard, Legg.

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