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Preview: Salford City v Pools

25 September 2018

Salford City v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Salford City v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth

Salford City v Pools
National League
Tuesday 25th September 2018, 7.45pm
The Peninsula Stadium

In Opposition
Salford City have made no secret of their desire to make sure their stay in the National League is a brief one as they look to continue their journey up the football pyramid.

Famously owned by the ‘Class of 92’, City have won three promotions in four seasons and want to carry that success on in to the 2018/19 campaign.

The Ammies got off to a relatively slow start – losing two of their first three – but have since clicked in to gear and come in to Tuesday’s game on the back of four straight wins and a nine-game unbeaten run.

They’re among the top scorers in the division so far but have also been tight defensively in recent weeks, keeping four clean sheets in their last five outings.

A raft of new players were brought in during the summer by Graham Alexander following his appointment as boss in May, arriving to succeed duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley in the City hotseat.

Star Player
Adam Rooney’s decision to turn his back on the chance to play Europa League football with Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in favour of joining Salford City raised a few eyebrows during the summer.

City have invested heavily in their squad as they attempt to reach the EFL and their pursuit of 30-year-old front man Rooney has paid off so far with him hitting the net seven times already.

The experienced striker was revered by Dons fans during a goal-laded stint at Pittodrie and he can maintain the kind of form he’s shown in the opening couple of months he’ll become just as popular in Salford.

Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the first time the two clubs have locked horns in league action, though we did meet in the FA Cup back in 2015/16.

Pools eventually ran out winners over The Ammies in a replay at The Vic when an extra-time goals from Scott Fenwick and Mikael Mandron ensured a 2-0 victory after the original tie had ended 1-1.

Referee
Marc Edwards will be taking charge of his second Pools game of the season on Tuesday night when he’s given the task of overseeing our visit to Salford City.

The official was also on the whistle for Pools’ 1-0 home defeat to Ebbsfleet United in August, while he was the man in the middle for three of our games last season.

Edwards saw us beaten at home by Eastleigh last September, lost at FC Halifax Town in February and finally watched a Pools win when he overcame Bromley 2-1 on home soil in March.

Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, his last appointment came in midweek when he presided over Leyton Orient’s 3-0 win at Harrogate Town.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will be able to access live commentary of Tuesday evening’s game at Salford City by logging-on to Pools PlayerHD.

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 at Salford City prior to kick-off on the night of the game.

Click here for full ticket information on our trip to The Peninsula Stadium.

Betting
Salford City have been installed as 3/4 favourites for the three points on Tuesday night, with Pools out at 18/5 for a victory and the draw priced at 13/5 with Sky Bet.

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 Suffer Salford City Defeat

25 September 2018

Luke James Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Luke James in action at Salford City

Pools’ nine game unbeaten run was brought to an end at Salford City on Tuesday night as three second half goals secured victory for the hosts.

An even contest at The Peninsula Stadium meant that the first goal was always likely to be crucial and it was the home side who grabbed it just after the hour before turning the screw on Pools.

Matthew Bates made one enforced change to his starting eleven with Peter Kioso suspended – Conor Newton was drafted in to fill his role at right wing-back.

The game started at a reasonable tempo and both sides attempted to knock the ball around in the opening stages without too much being created in way of clear-cut opportunities.

Pools suffered a blow just after the quarter-hour mark when Niko Muir was forced off after being kicked on the ankle, Marcus Dinanga introduced from the bench to partner Luke James.

The first real moment of danger arrived when the skilful Tom Walker drove in to space thirty yards out and let fly with a dipping shot which was tipped on to the cross bar brilliantly by Scott Loach.

City continued to press and Adam Rooney got across his man at the front post to meet Danny Lloyd’s cross from the left but his header was held by Loach.

Pools’ best opening came when Liam Noble slipped the ball in behind down the right for Newton and his cut-back found the arriving Paddy McLaughlin eight yards out but he sent his shot too high.

Wing man Walker then crashed the ball against the woodwork for a second time, dancing in from the right hand side before sending a stinging effort off the bar.

Carl Magnay tried his luck from long-range just before the break but his shot through a crowded penalty area was grabbed by keeper Chris Neal at the second attempt.

Pools began the second half on the front foot and came close to stealing the lead when Dinanga turned smartly on the edge of the box but his powerful left-foot drive was inches over.

On 63 minutes the pivotal moment arrived. City chased a lost cause on the right wing and the ball was shovelled back in to the box to the far post where Lloyd ghosted in unchallenged to head past Loach from point-blank range.

It could have been two for Salford and two for Lloyd when he escaped through on goal two minutes later only to be denied by Loach – but Rooney met the resultant left-wing corner with a forceful header to double the hosts’ lead.

And it was game over on 73 minutes when a slick Salford counter-attack saw a low ball reach Walker at the far post despite the best attempts of Magnay and he knocked it home from close range for 3-0.

To their credit, Pools continued to pass the ball and press, coming close to grabbing a consolation through Liam Noble’s drive from the edge of the area, while the midfielder also sent a free-kick just wide with the last kick of the game.

Full Time: Salford City 3 Pools 0

Attendance: 2420 (558 Pools)

Salford City: Neal, Wiseman, Touray, Shelton, Walker (Hogan 78), Piergianni, Whitehead, Pond, Lloyd (Maynard 87), Rooney (Rodney 87), Gaffney.
Subs Not Used:
Crocombe, Haughton.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Davies, Anderson, Kitching, Newton (Woods 72), Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin, Muir (Dinanga 19), James.
Subs Not Used: Richardson, Hawkins, Hawkes.

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Ticket News

Salford Tickets Available On The Gate

20 September 2018

The Peninsula Stadium Salford City FC
Salford City play at The Peninsula Stadium

Here’s all the information you need if you want to follow the lads in action at The Peninsula Stadium.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets from cash turnstiles prior to kick-off for the game at Salford City on Tuesday 25th September (7.45pm kick-off).

Salford have given us an allocation of up to 1,400 for the fixture, which comprises of 1,200 standing spaces and 200 unreserved seats.

Prices
Adults - £10
Seniors (60 and over) - £5
Juniors (5-16) - £5
Students (with relevant dated photo ID) - £5

Disabled supporters will pay as per their relevant age category but will be eligible to claim a free carer’s ticket if they are on high rate DLA/enhanced rate PIP.

The wheelchair viewing area is located in the home area of the stadium with access via Turnstile A on Nevile Road – blue badge holders will be able to park anywhere within the resident restricted area for up to three hours.

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