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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

17 July 2019 Venue Bootham Crescent Attendance 870 Referee Tony Harrington

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

York City
2 - 1
Hartlepool United

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Preview: York City v Pools

17 July 2019

Craig Hignett Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools boss Craig Hignett

Craig Hignett reckons Wednesday evening’s trip to face York City (7pm kick-off) will give his players a more accurate marker of what is to come in the new National League season.

The Bootham Crescent outfit have improved their squad during the summer and will begin the 2019/20 campaign as one of the favourites for promotion from National League North.

And according to Pools boss Hignett, that makes them ideal opposition for his side at this stage of pre-season as the players look to get themselves ready for the big kick-off in just over a fortnight.

“I think this will be a proper test and a good gauge for us,” Hignett told us.

“It’s hard because we’ve played Northern League teams and done quite well and then played Middlesbrough who are a Championship team and a few levels above.

“I thought we coped really well but that little bit of quality at the end of it wasn’t quite there but the York team we’ll face on Wednesday will be closer to what we’re going to get in the new season.

“All the games now are that sort of level; York, then Sheffield United Under-23s and then Macclesfield Town so I would expect them all to be in and around the standard we’ll be playing.”

Hignett will utilise a similar squad to that which took on Middlesbrough on Sunday, though defender Myles Anderson is hoping for his first action of pre-season at Bootham Crescent.

Ryan Donaldson should be back in full training this week after a calf problem but the York game will come too soon, while Mark Kitching’s back spasm is also likely to rule him out of facing The Minstermen.

The game will also see Hignett run the rule over young Huddersfield Town left-back Romoney Crichlow-Noble who is in training with the Club this week.

Click here for all the ticket information you need if you’re heading to York for the game.

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Match Reports

Kabamba On Target But Pools Lose At York

17 July 2019

Nicke Kabamba Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools striker Nicke Kabamba

Pools gave up a first half lead to lose 2-1 at York City on Wednesday night but an injury to winger Luke Molyneux overshadowed their latest pre-season outing at Bootham Crescent.

The winger was helped from the field midway through a tetchy first half after being on the receiving end of a late challenge from former Pools midfielder Paddy McLaughlin.

Pools carved out the opening opportunity of the night when an enterprising move involving Luke James and Nicke Kabamba saw the ball fed out to trialist left-back Romoney Crichlow-Noble but he struck his shot too high.

Hignett’s men continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession and they began to know the ball around quite well on a surface made slick by some light rain falling on a humid night in York.

The hosts did put together a decent move to get a shot on goal on 17 minutes but summer signing Andy Bond dragged an effort wide after being found at the back post.

Pools came close at the other end immediately afterward when Kabamba wriggled in to space on the edge of the box but saw his shot deflected up and over the bar.

From the resultant corner Pools went to a training ground set-piece, dragging the ball back to the waiting Nicky Featherstone who struck his shot cleanly but it went a couple of yards too high.

Then came the bad news for Pools as a robust challenge from McLaughlin on the halfway line left Molyneux clutching his leg and, after a period of treatment, he was at least able to hobble from the pitch.

His replacement, Josh Hawkes, should have scored just a couple of minutes after his introduction when the lively Luke James seized on a sloppy pass to scamper away down the right before intelligently cutting it back in to the path of Hawkes who scuffed a shot wide of the far post.

However, the goal did arrive on 33 minutes when more neat football from Pools worked the ball out wide to Kenton Richardson who hung a cross to the far post where Kabamba applied the finishing touch with one of his trademark looping headers.

Pools changed seven of their team at the break and one of the new arrivals, Niko Muir, looked to have been fouled after beating City keeper Peter Jameson to the ball just inside the area just three minutes in to the second half but the referee waved away penalty appeals.

Gime Toure turned smartly on the edge of the box to work some space for a shot but it was deflected over the bar by a recovering City defender.

On 54 minutes it was all-square. The hosts broke rapidly down the left after clearing a Pools corner and, when the ball was rolled across the area, Dan Maguire was there to apply an easy finish for 1-1.

Some quick thinking from City’s Season Newton could have caught Ben Killip out when he clipped a long-range free-kick towards goal but the Pools keeper was alert enough to tip it over the bar.

Pools were behind with twenty minutes left on the clock when a left-wing corner caused trouble in the middle and substitute Alex Kempster got up highest to head home and put the hosts in front.

Hawkes could have offered an immediate response when he got on the end of a lightning break from Pools but, after cutting from the left, his bending shot was deflected over.

Peter Kioso came close to snatching a leveller for Pools on 87 minutes when the ball fell kindly to him on the edge of the box but his powerful volley flew just over the bar after clipping a defender.

Full Time: York City 2 Pools 1

York City: Jameson, Griffiths (Dyer 74), Ferguson (Beresford 78), Newton, McNulty (Allan 74), Tait (King 43), Moke, Bond (Kempster 63), Burrow, Maguire ( Ventura 78), McLaughlin (Green 63).
Subs not used: Whitley, Jebson-King.

Pools First Half: Killip, Richardson, Kerr, Cunningham, Crichlow-Noble, Featherstone, Mafuta, Noble, Kabamba, James, Molyneux (Hawkes 25).

Pools Second Half: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Anderson, Crichlow-Noble (Shepherd 78), Bale, Kennedy, Holohan, Hawkes, Toure, Muir.

Attendance: 870 (259 Poolies)

Referee: Tony Harrington.

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Ticket News

Ticket Information For York City Friendly

15 July 2019

Bootham Crescent York City FC
York City play at Bootham Crescent

Here is all the information you need if you want to follow Pools at Bootham Crescent on Wednesday evening (7pm kick-off).

Pools return to pre-season action this midweek with a trip to National League North outfit York City.

The Minstermen will be making tickets available on the turnstiles for visiting supporters – with gates 14 to 23 open to Pools fans prior to kick-off.

Adults - £10
Seniors - £5
Under 21s - £5
Students - £5

Click here now to see a full list of Pools’ pre-season friendly fixtures and results.

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