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Preview: Torquay United v Pools

27 October 2017

Torquay United v Hartlepool United Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Torquay United v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' trip to Plainmoor.

Torquay United v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 28th October 2017, 3pm
Plainmoor

In Opposition
A slow start to the new campaign prompted Torquay United to become the first club in the top five division to part company with their manager when Kevin Nicholson was sacked on 17th August.

Former Sunderland midfielder Gary Owers was chosen as his replacement, tempted away from his position as boss of Bath City and arriving with Martin Kuhl as his assistant.

Owers quickly set about steadying the ship in Devon and they enjoyed their first win of the season when they thumped Maidenhead United 4-0 in his second home game in charge.

There was further joy for The Gulls in midweek when they snatched their first away triumph of 2017/18, winning 1-0 at Ebbsfleet United, though they remain second bottom in the National League table.

One To Watch
Jamie Reid turned his loan move to Torquay from Exeter City in to a permanent switch earlier this month and is hoping a more advanced role can help him fire The Gulls up the table.

New boss Gary Owers moved him in to a striking role after securing his permanent transfer and the 23-year-old responded by scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at FC Halifax Town last Saturday before netting the winner at Ebbsfleet United in midweek.

Injuries halted Reid’s progress at Exeter but the move to Torquay could be just what he needs to re-ignite his career and Pools will have to work hard to make sure he doesn’t make it three in three at Plainmoor this weekend.

Form Guide
Torquay:
LWLLDW
Pools: DWWWDD

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 79th competitive meeting between the two sides and Torquay have the edge historically having won 29 times in comparison to Pools’ 26 triumphs.

However, in recent years Pools have enjoyed some good form against The Gulls – they’re unbeaten in the last nine encounters and have won six of those games.

Pools have won on two of their last three visits to Plainmoor, the most recent triumph coming in 2006/07 thanks to an early goal from Eifion Williams.

Referee
David Rock will be in charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our visit to Torquay United.

Now in his fourth season as a National League referee, Rock has overseen six Torquay games in that times and is yet to see them win.

He’s presided over nine fixtures so far this term, with his most recent appointment coming during Dagenham & Redbridge’s 1-0 win over Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night.

Live Coverage
Pools fans will be able to follow the action with full live commentary on Pools PlayerHD as we link-up with our friends at BBC Tees once again.

Click here for information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for the game on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Plainmoor on Saturday.

Click here for full ticket information on this fixture.

Match Odds
Torquay 13/8
Pools 6/4
Draw 23/10


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