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Preview: Pools v Eastleigh

14 September 2018

Hartlepool United v Eastleigh Funkee Monkey
Hartlepool United v Eastleigh

We turn our attentions to this weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Eastleigh's visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Eastleigh
National League
Saturday 15th September 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Eastleigh have had to contend with a long list of injuries this season which has led boss Andy Hessenthaler to label the National League schedule “a joke”.

The Spitfires are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel with Chris Zebroski, Andrew Boyce and Joey Jones among those returning to the pitch in recent weeks.

They arrive at The Super 6 Stadium having lost three of their last four games without scoring a goal but there were more encouraging signs during last weekend’s 0-0 draw with AFC Fylde.

Hessenthaler is confident that if his side can sharpen up in the final third then they can begin to turn the corner and start climbing back towards the top half of the National League table.

Star Player
Paul McCallum’s return to fitness this season is a welcome boost to Eastleigh boss Andy Hessenthaler and the front man is a likely starter against Pools on Saturday.

Having joined from Leyton Orient last summer, McCallum missed almost half of 2017/18 through injury but is now back in good condition and has scored four goals already this term.

The 25-year-old has plenty of EFL experience and looks set to a key player for Eastleigh as they look to get back on track after a tricky start to the new campaign.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game at The Super 6 Stadium will be just the third competitive meeting between the sides after Eastleigh completed the double over Pools last season.

The Spitfires ran out 2-1 winners in the North-East twelve months ago before backing up that victory with a 4-3 triumph at Silverlake Stadium in a game which saw Pools twice take the lead before losing.

Last Meeting
Saturday 27th January 2018
Eastleigh 4 (Obileye 23, Zebroski 45, 65, 75) Pools 3 (Woods 9, 29, Newton 88)

Eastleigh: Flitney, Hoyte, Wood, Obileye, Boyce, Togwell, Yeates, Miley, Matthews, Zebroski, Williamson.
Subs not used: Cresswell, Shaw.

Pools: Loach, Magnay (s/o 90), Harrison, Laing, Adams, Donnelly, Featherstone, Woods, Deverdics, Cassidy, Adeloye (Rodney 68).
Subs not used: Catterick, Munns, Hawkins, Hawkes.

Leigh Doughty will be making his Super 6 Stadium debut on Saturday when he is the man on the whistle for our National League encounter with Eastleigh.

Just beginning his first season on the division’s list of referees, Doughty has taken charge of three fixtures at this level prior to his weekend visit to Pools.

His most recent outing came last Saturday when he saw Chesterfield’s 0-0 draw with Dover Athletic at The Proact Stadium during which he sent-off the visitors midfielder Aryantaj Tajbakhsh.

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

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.

Pools have been installed as 19/20 favourites for the three points on Saturday, with visitors Eastleigh rated an 11/4 shot and the draw available from Sky Bet at a price of 5/2.

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 Pick Up Point Against Eastleigh

15 September 2018

Niko Muir Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Niko Muir in action against Eastleigh

Pools had to settle for a point against Eastleigh at The Super 6 Stadium this afternoon.

In a first half dominated by Matthew Bates's side, Niko Muir got the opening goal and the only complaint from Pools would have been that they didn't add to this tally.

But Eastleigh upped their pressure in the second half and got the equaliser on 70 minutes; with Bates's side unable to find the winner, the game finished 1-1.

Scott Loach made his introduction to the action on eight minutes with a fantastic save; Cavanagh Miley broke into the box to send a glancing header goalwards from close range. And, with a goal looking on the cards, Loach got down to block out the effort with an outstretched hand to keep things at 0-0.

That was as close as the visitors came in the first half as Pools were largely in control of the opening period, with a professional and well-organised display.

Liam Noble had the first of a succession of shots on 18 minutes when he fired one in from the edge of the box that was deflected out wide for a corner.

Just minutes later and Pools put together a lovely passage of play down the left, with Paddy McLaughlin playing it out to Mark Kitching who in turn sent it across the box to Noble arriving into the area. The in-form midfielder smashed another effort at goal but was denied by Graham Stack with a great stop.

Pools were ahead on 24 minutes after a similar move came down the left; this time Nicky Featherstone fed the impressive Ryan Donaldson who sent an inch-perfect ball into the box for Niko Muir to finish from close range and make it 1-0 to his side.

Luke James got through into the box and, despite the close attention of two Eastleigh defenders, he managed to square the ball through for Noble but this time the skipper fired his shot straight into the arms of Stack.

There was a blow for Pools just before the break when the lively Donaldson pulled up holding his hamstring and had to be replaced.

The hosts took their one-goal lead into the second half and Loach ensured it stayed that was as he denied Oliver Dennet with a close-range strike in the opening minutes.

After a busy start from the visitors, Pools were back on the attack on 55 minutes, with Luke James forcing things forward before playing in Noble. His teasing cross into the box was aimed for Kitching but the ball was just stolen from his head and it was out for a corner.

Kitching was back involved shortly after, this time going for goal from the edge of the box with a decent strike but his shot just scraped over the bar.

The second half was more of a scrap than the first, with Pools not quite finding the flow of the first 45 after the break – but it was still Bates’s side who saw most of the ball.

Richardson was played down the right by McLaughlin and the young defender did well to get a low cross into the box for Luke James, who turned to shoot at goal but saw his attempts twice blocked by the defender.

It was the visitors who next found the next, with Paul McCallum heading home the equaliser on 70 minutes after a determined run by Joe Jones from deep inside his own half.

Pools upped the pressure at the other end in response to the goal and both Liam Noble and Paddy McLaughlin were denied by good saves from visiting keeper Graham Stack in the minutes following the equaliser.

Kitching had another chance as he met a cross into the box to head at goal from the left but his effort went just wide of the far post.

But despite the late pressure from Pools, there were no more goals this afternoon and the match finished at 1-1, stretching the unbeaten run to eight games.

Full Time: Pools 1 Eastleigh 1 

Attendance: 3302 (15 Eastleigh)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson (Richardson 43), Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin (Woods 79), Kitching, James (Dinanga 79), Muir.
Subs Not Used: Hawkes, Newton.

Eastleigh: Stack, Hare, Gobern, Johnson, McCallum, Yeates, Wynter, Dennet (Zebroski 61), Miley, Jones, Payne.
Subs Not Used: Constable, Flitney, Boyce, Hollands.

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