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Preview: Solihull Moors v Pools

7 September 2018

Solihull Moors v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Solihull Moors v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the weekend action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to Damson Park.

Solihull Moors v Pools
National League
Saturday 8th September 2018, 3pm
Damson Park

In Opposition
Solihull Moors have enjoyed an encouraging start to the new campaign after steering clear of relegation trouble at the end of 2018/19.

Even the summer departure of boss Mark Yates doesn’t seem to have dented the momentum built up at Damson Park with Tim Flowers stepping up from assistant to maintain their fine form.

Pools will know they face a stiff task in trying to repeat their win at Solihull this weekend – The Moors are unbeaten on home soil this term and have tasted defeat just once in their last 17 outings there.

Under former England goalkeeper Flowers, Solihull have won five of their nine games so far this season to sit level on points with Pools ahead of Saturday’s intriguing encounter.

Star Player
Adi Yussuf scored the winner when the sides last met in April and the former Mansfield Town front man has hit the ground running in 2018/19.

Tanzania-born Yussuf has hit the net four times already this term, his power and pace causing problems for opposition defences both home and away.

One of the challenges that will face Pools this weekend is making sure that the 26-year-old does not extend his goal count further.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be only the third competitive meeting between the two sides with both having won one each of the previous two encounters.

Pools won in dramatic fashion on their last visit to Damson Park last October when a late Jonathan Franks’ goal won the game 2-1 after Darren Carter’s penalty had earlier wiped out Rhys Oates’ opener.

However, The Moors were deserved winners when they made the trip to The Vic in April though they had to wait until the 88th minute for Adi Yussuf’s decisive goal.

Referee
Richard Hulme will take charge of his fourth Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our visit to Solihull Moors.

Last term Hulme was the ref when we drew 1-1 at Woking in September but he also saw us thumped 4-0 at Dover Athletic in December and sent Carl Magnay off in our 4-3 loss at Eastleigh in January.

Now in to his second season in the National League, he has overseen four games so far this season with the most recent being Havant & Waterlooville’s 2-1 win over Aldershot Town on Wednesday.

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 on turnstiles 7 and 8 prior to kick-off on the day on the game at Damson Park.

Click here for full ticket information on Saturday’s game.

Betting
Solihull Moors have been installed as 13/10 favourites for the victory, while you can get 19/10 on Pools taking the points and the bookies reckon the draw is a 21/10 shot.

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 A Cut Above At Solihull Moors

8 September 2018

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Players and staff celebrate Liam Noble's goal at Solihull Moors.

Liam Noble proved too sharp for Solihull Moors as his fifth goal of the season was enough to secure victory at Damson Park and lift Pools up to fourth in the National League table.

The midfielder sported a new haircut for the visit the to Midlands but showed his style on the pitch to curl home a wonderful goal just before the hour-mark to see off the ten-man hosts.

The Moors – previously beaten just once in 17 on home soil – were up against it from the 19th-minute when midfielder Kyle Storer saw red for a two-footed lunge on Nicky Featherstone.

And Pools slowly turned the screw on the home side, dominating possession during a one-sided second half and running out winners thanks to Noble’s decisive moment.

Matthew Bates opted to change his starting eleven for the first time in seven games by drafting Paddy McLaughlin in to the midfield in favour of Michael Woods who dropped to the bench.

Pools began the game on the front foot and sprung forward menacingly through Ryan Donaldson down the right only for The Moors to counter-attack with pace and draw a smart save from Scott Loach at the other end all inside the first two minutes.

Even before the red card there was a setback for the home side who lost Adi Yussuf to injury but they were right up against it once skipper Storer had his moment of madness.

From then Pools were allowed plenty of time on the ball and worked it around well; Noble sent an effort from twenty-five yards just too high and Niko Muir struck a drive straight at keeper Ryan Boot after a neat turn on the edge of the area.

Some half-time words drew an increase in tempo from Pools and they were on the front foot from the first whistle, Muir escaping through on goal but just failing to find the net within three minutes of the restart.

Luke James then worked his way in to space on the edge of the area to let fly but saw his shot blocked and Mark Kitching smashed the rebound in to the side netting.

The best chance of all fell to Muir when he was brilliantly sent clear by the superb Featherstone’s incisive pass but the keeper blocked well and Featherstone curled the loose ball just over the bar as Pools continued to dominate.

The breakthrough arrived in 58 minutes when Noble drove forward from midfield and moved in to space 25 yards out before unleashing a delicious, curling effort which left Boot rooted to the spot as it flashed in to the net.

After that it was more about game management for Bates’ side though they always maintained a threat and were a little unlucky not to extend their lead on a number of occasions.

Donaldson popped up at the back post on the end of Kitching’s teasing cross but his firmly-struck half-volley kissed the crossbar on its way back across goal and out.

Noble had a great chance to double his tally but the keeper was there again before the midfielder turned creator to set-up substitute Michael Woods who wanted too much time and the defender did enough to thwart him.

At the other end Loach was rarely involved, though he did have his heart in his mouth when Jamey Osborne was allowed to advance to the edge of the box and fire a shot on goal which scraped the far post on its way wide.

Peter Kioso came closest of all when he got on the end of another incisive move involving Woods and Noble but his powerful low strike was well blocked by Boot.

In the end it was Noble’s moment of magic which decided the encounter and clinch Pools’ fifth win in six outings and extend the Club’s unbeaten run to seven games.

Full Time: Solihull Moors 0 Pools 1

Attendance: 1311 (341 Pools)

Booked: Kioso (27), McLaughlin (35)

Solihull Moors: Boot, Williams, Storer, Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Carter, Yussuf (Thomas 8), Hylton, Carline (Sweeney 78), Wright (O’Keefe 78).
Subs Not Used: Maxwell, Murphy.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson, Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin (Woods 71), Kitching, Muir, James.
Subs Not Used: Richardson, Hawkes, Newton, Dinanga.

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