We turn our attentions to this weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Maidenhead United's visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Maidenhead United
Saturday 18th August 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
Maidenhead United consolidated their position in the National League last term with a very solid 12th place finish after winning promotion in 2016/17.
The Magpies more than held their own during their debut season in the fifth tier after romping to the National League South title under the stewardship of West Ham United legend Alan Devonshire.
However, they’ve yet to hit top form so far this season and will arrive in the North East sitting at the bottom of the table having picked up just one point from their opening four games.
The loss of Rene Steer to injury and fellow defender Max Kilman to Wolves hasn’t helped but Devonshire has been able to add to his squad this week with the arrival of Chinua Cole and Ryheem Sheckleford.
Harold Odametey was one of the standout performers in the Magpies midfield when they defeated Pools home and away last season and he will need to be kept under wraps on Saturday.
The 25-year-old star burst on to the scene with a debut goal and some dazzling displays on the wing but his talent has found a home in the centre of Maidenhead’s engine room in more recent times.
Odametey has started every game so far this season and is likely to be on the teamsheet again when the Berkshire outfit roll in to town on Saturday.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the third competitive meeting between the two sides and it’s Maidenhead United who have enjoyed the previous two the most.
The Magpies completed a National League double over Pools last term, winning 2-1 at York Road last August before repeating the trick with the scoreline at The Vic just before Christmas.
Saturday 24th February 2018
Pools 1 (Cassidy 28) Maidenhead United 2 (Marks 52, 78)
Pools: Loach, Richardson (Harrison 40), Donnelly, Laing, Adams (Rodney 66), Franks, Woods, Deverdics, Newton, Cassidy (Simpson 82), Oates.
Subs not used: Catterick, Munns.
Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Steer (Mulley 70), Massey, Kilman, Goodman, Odametey, Pritchard, Smith, Moses (Clifton 67), Marks (Hyde 81).
Subs not used: Owusu, Peters.
Simon Mather will be making his Super 6 Stadium debut when he oversees our weekend encounter against Maidenhead United.
The official is in his first season on the National League’s list of referees, making his bow in Harrogate Town’s 2-2 draw with Sutton United on the opening day.
Brian Honour will once again join Mark Simpson in the commentary box to provide full live coverage on the game against Maidenhead United on Pools PlayerHD.
The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm on Saturday to set the scene ahead of kick-off and then describe the action for Pools fans all over the world.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which will be open from 10am until kick-off on Saturday.
We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand from 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.
Pools have been installed as bookies favourites for the three points at odds of 11/8, while Maidenhead are rated a 19/10 shot and the draw is 9/4 with Sky Bet.