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
Saturday 15th September 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.