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Preview: Havant & Waterlooville v Pools

31 August 2018

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Havant & Waterlooville v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of our trip to West Leigh Park.

Havant & Waterlooville v Pools
National League
Saturday 1st September 2018, 3pm
West Leigh Park

In Opposition
Havant & Waterlooville secured their place in the National League by holding off the challenge of Dartford to land the National League South title last term.

It was sealed in dramatic fashion when an 87th-minute goal on the final day of the season earned a 3-2 win over Concord Rangers and meant The Hawks won promotion on goal difference.

Having won promotion two seasons in a row now, 2018/19 is likely to be more about consolidation for Lee Bradbury’s men who currently lie 21st in the National League table.

They earned a first win of the season in a 4-3 thriller at Braintree Town a fortnight ago but confidence may have been dented by Bank Holiday Monday’s 4-0 beating at Bromley.

Whilst they have conceded more goals than they might have liked so far, Havant do look a threat going forward so this weekend’s first meeting between the sides could be an entertaining affair.

Star Player
Nicke Kabamba has proved a handful up top for Havant & Waterlooville this season since joining the club from Portsmouth during the summer.

The 25-year-old gained senior experience through loan spells with Colchester United and Aldershot Town last term before linking up with Lee Bradbury at West Leigh Park in July.

He has enjoyed a decent start to life with The Hawks too, starting in every game and helping himself to two goals so Pools will know they’ll need to keep tabs on him this weekend.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

Referee
Carl Brook will be the man in the middle for our first visit to West Leigh Park as the official takes charge of his second Pools encounter.

Previously he was on the whistle for our televised win over Leyton Orient last September when goals from Jonathan Franks and Rhys Oates saw Pools come from behind to triumph 2-1.

Now in to his third season on the National League list of referees, Brook has had a fiery start to the new campaign, showing three red cards in four games so far.

Live Coverage
Join Mark Simpson for full live online commentary of Saturday afternoon’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

Pools PlayerHD is available to fans anywhere in the world on any computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone so it’s even easier than ever to stay right up-to-date with the action.

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
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets Havant & Waterlooville prior to kick-off on the day on the game.

Click here for full ticket information on our trip to West Leigh Park.

Betting
Havant & Waterlooville have been installed as 10/11 favourites for Saturday’s game with Pools available at a price of 12/5 with Sky Bet and the draw ranked at 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

Noble Brace Makes It Four In A Row

1 September 2018

Liam Noble Ian Randall (Shutter Press)
Liam Noble celebrates his first goal at Havant & Waterlooville

Pools won four league games in a row for the first time in almost three years as Liam Noble’s last-minute penalty secured a dramatic three points at Havant & Waterlooville.

The midfielder had struck Pools in front from the spot midway through the first half but it looked as though they would have to settle for a draw as the hosts levelled seven minutes from time.

However, with the clock ticking over to 90 minutes Mark Kitching was tripped in the box and Noble held his nerve to convert again from twelve yards and send the travelling fans in to raptures.

The victory brought to an end an unbeaten start to the season on home soil for The Hawks – indeed it was the first time they’d tasted defeat at Westleigh Park in almost a year.

Matthew Bates named an unchanged starting eleven for a fifth game in succession for Pools’ first ever meeting with Havant, Josh Hawkes and Kenton Richardson coming on the bench for the game.

The game started in scrappy fashion with neither side stringing together much possession though slowly but surely Pools began to get on top and look a threat going forward.

However, it was the hosts who created the first moment of danger when Nicke Kabamba got between Carl Magnay and Scott Loach but the Pools duo just about managed to prevent him netting his third of the season.

On 23 minutes Noble’s free-kick in to the box was directed towards Myles Anderson at the far post and when he went down under pressure from the defender the referee awarded a penalty – Noble doing the honours by tucking the ball home neatly in to the bottom left corner of the net.

Noble then tested the keeper again with a curling free-kick before Loach – making his 350th career appearance - was called in to action at the other end to prevent Theo Lewis’ goalbound header finding the net.

Pools carved out the first chance of the second half when Kitching sent a looping header agonisingly wide after getting on the end of Ryan Donaldson’s cross from the right following great work from Luke James.

Experienced Hawks midfielder Brian Stock sent a shot way too high and the hosts forced a series of corners but Pools were defending with determination, highlighted by great blocks from Myles Anderson and Peter Kioso.

As the game moved in to the final ten minutes the hosts began to press more and more, Loach had to be alert to save down low to his right after substitute Ryan Woodford sent a powerful header on goal – protests that the ball had crossed the line were waved away by the officials.

However, Pools didn’t heed the warning and on 83 minutes a free-kick from the right found Woodford again and this time he planted a superb looping header beyond Loach and in to the top corner to send the home crowd wild with delight.

The goal also gave the home players a shot in the arm and suddenly they sensed a first home win of the season could be on the cards – and they could have grabbed it had Donaldson not produced a wonderful goalline clearance to deny Paul Robinson what would surely have been a headed winner.

And that moment proved pivotal as Pools broke and the ball was fed across the box to the left where Kitching sneaked in behind an unsuspecting defender who then upended the wing-back to present Noble with the chance to be the match-winner.

The skipper took a deep breath and then strode up to send the ball flying in to the right corner of the net and clinch four straight wins in the league for the first time since March 2015.

Full Time: Havant & Waterlooville 1 Pools 2

Booked: Kioso (27), Woods (31)

Attendance: 1272

Havant & Waterlooville: Young, Williams (Sekajja 72), Stock, Harris, Fogden, Lewis (Rutherford 61), Kabamba, Tarbuck, Carter, Rose (Woodford 45), Robinson.
Subs Not Used: Pavey, Cosgrave.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson, Featherstone, Woods (McLaughlin 55), Noble (Newton 90), Kitching, Muir, James (Dinanga 72).
Subs Not Used: Richardson, Hawkes.

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Ticket News

Havant Tickets Available On The Day

31 August 2018

Westleigh Pa James Marsh (BPI/REX/Shutterstock)
Westleigh Park is home to Havant & Waterlooville

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to follow the lads in action at Havant & Waterlooville this weekend.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for Saturday’s game against Havant & Waterlooville on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Westleigh Park.

The Hawks have a capacity of up to 7,500 and there will be no segregation in place for this weekend’s meeting between the two sides.

Undercover terracing and seating are available, with seating sold on a first come first served basis at no extra cost.

Prices
Adults - £16
Concessions - £12
Juniors (5-16) - £2
Under 5s - Free

Click here to see ticket information for other upcoming away games.

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