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Preview: Pools v Barrow

4 September 2018

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We look ahead to Tuesday evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of Barrow's trip to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Barrow
National League
Tuesday 4th September 2018
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Ian Evatt was chosen as the man to succeed Ady Pennock at Holker Street during the summer and the former Blackpool and Chesterfield defender quickly set about re-shaping his squad.

The Bluebirds enjoyed a pretty solid first month, winning all three of their games on home soil – including a thrilling 3-2 triumph over much-fancied Chesterfield.

However, that run on their own patch came to an end in dramatic fashion at the weekend when they were beaten 2-1 by Solihull Moors – though they could even have snatched a point had they not missed an injury-time penalty.

Barrow have now lost three of their last four games and arrive at The Super 6 Stadium sitting 15th in the embryonic National League table.

Star Player
Jack Hindle has more than handled his step up to National League level after joining Barrow during the summer after an eye-catching spell at Colwyn Bay.

The 24-year-old playmaker was a regular on the scoresheet for The Bay and has already found the net four times for his new club this season.

As well as getting forward to let fly, Hindle is also a creative spark who is more than capable of laying on chances for his team-mates so Pools will need to get to grips with him on Tuesday night.

Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the 88th competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have the edge having won 36 times in comparison to Barrow’s 32 triumphs.

Pools did the double over The Bluebirds last season. Michael Woods scored the only goal in injury time to secure victory on home soil before a televised encounter at Holker Street was settled by Carl Magnay’s long-range thunderbolt.

Barrow have lost on their last three visits to The Vic – their last success here came back in November 1968 when they ran out 4-1 winners over newly-promoted Pools in Division Three.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Barrow 1 (James 19) Pools 2 (Newton 45, Magnay 50)

Barrow: Arnold, Diarra, MacDonald, Cook, James, Bauress, Hall, Makoma (White 81), Waterston (Holt 69), James, Walters (Jones 81).
Subs not used: Diagne, Barthram.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison (Owen 89), Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins (Hawkes 86), Newton, Cassidy, Oates (Rodney 79).
Subs not used: Catterick, Munns.

Referee
It will be Declan Bourne’s first visit to The Super 6 Stadium when he’s on the whistle for our encounter with Barrow on Tuesday night.

The official in his first season on the National League’s list of referees and has already presided over five games at this level.

His most recent outing came at the weekend when he watched newly-promoted Harrogate Town dismantle Eastleigh 4-0 at The CNG Stadium.

Live Coverage
Brian Honour will once again join Mark Simpson in the commentary box to provide full live coverage on the game against Barrow on Pools PlayerHD.

The duo will be on-air from 7.35pm 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 Tuesday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand from 6.15pm 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
Pools have been installed as 21/20 favourites for three points on Tuesday night, whilst Barrow are rated a 5/2 shot and Sky Bet are offering odds of 5/2 on the game ending all-square.

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

All Square Between Pools And Barrow

4 September 2018

Peter Kioso Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Peter Kioso in action against Barrow.

Pools shared the points with Barrow at The Super 6 Stadium this evening, as the visitors dug in to frustrate Matthew Bates's side.

It was Pools who dominated the large share of possession throughout the game - despite the visitors missing a second-half penalty - but Bates's side could find no way past a hard-working visiting defence and the game finished 0-0. 

Barrow had the first chance of the game in the opening minutes, when Tyler Smith should really have done better with a chance from close range.

But from then on in, Pools dominated the first half and played some great football, passing it about with a real drive and determination – with only the final touch to break through a resolute Barrow defence missing.

Luke James, who was his usual busy self, forced his way down the left before sending a cross to the far-side for Ryan Donaldson. He in turn squared it for Liam Noble whose volleyed deflected wide for the first corner of the game.

Mark Kitching got involved in the next attack, which was a lovely flowing move from Bates’s side, and he cut the ball back for Michael Woods who saw his shot roll wide of target.

Ryan Donaldson found himself at the heart of the next big threat from Pools as he forced his way into the box, skipping past a succession of Barrow men before firing the ball at goal. His effort found the arms of Andrew Firth in the visiting goal but it was another strong attack from the hosts.

James tried his luck with a left-footed strike from the right but his shot went just wide of the near post, while Donaldson had another effort from close range that also went wide.

While Pools had dominated the half, Barrow also had the final effort of the 45 but Carl Magnay got in the way of a short freekick to block out the danger and the half finished goalless.

Pools started the second half in much the same way as they had played in the first, full of running and putting pressure on the visiting defence in the opening minutes.

Luke James smashed a shot from distance wide of the far post, while at the other end Carl Magnay put in a perfectly-timed challenge to halt a dangerous break from the visitors.

A Liam Noble corner from the left looked set for the head of Peter Kioso who was rising in the box but the Pools man was denied by great work from the Barrow defender who got up to head clear.

Ryan Donaldson, lively again for Pools this evening, burst down the right to skip past Lee Molyneux and send a ball into the path of Niko Muir arriving inside the box. But as the striker tried to take the ball in his stride, he sent it high over the bar.

There was a big chance for Barrow to take the lead on 77 minutes when the referee awarded a penalty for a Carl Magnay challenge in the area. Jack Hindle stepped up to take the kick and smashed it against the crossbar, with the ball bouncing back into play where Pools could clear.

It was a let-off for Pools who now needed to find a breakthrough in what was set to be a highly competitive final ten minutes.

Niko Muir floated a lovely cross in from the left that flashed across the outstretched boot of Noble in one of the final chances of the evening for Pools.

And it was to be frustration for Matthew Bates's side who had to settle for a point at The Super 6 Stadium this evening against a hard-working Barrow side. 

While the result sees the run of four wins come to an end, Pools extend their unbeaten run to six games. 

Full Time: Pools 0 Barrow 0

Attendance: 3361 (113 Barrow)

Booked: Woods (40)

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

Barrow: Firth, Brown, Jones, Taylor, Granite, Hindle, Rooney, Kay, Carroll-Burgess, Smith (Blyth 88), Molyneux.
Subs Not Used: Correia, Barthram, Jameson, Jennings.

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