We look ahead to the New Year’s Day action with a full and in-depth preview of Gateshead’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Gateshead
Tuesday 1st January 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
Gateshead remain in the National League play-off places on the back of three wins from four and will arrive at The Super 6 Stadium high on confidence.
Steve Watson’s men have recovered quickly after suffering back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season at the end of October and have emerged as serious contenders for a top seven finish.
The Tynesiders have been almost as good on the road as they have been on home soil this term – indeed, no team in the division can boast more than their seven away wins in 2018/19.
With Luke Armstrong heading back to Middlesbrough after his loan spell at Gateshead, there may be more responsibility falling on the shoulders of fellow front man Scott Boden.
The former Wrexham and Newport County hit man has plundered eight National League goals so far this season, including the equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with FC Halifax Town.
Boden moved to The International Stadium during the summer and the 29-year-old proved a handful when the sides met on Boxing Day so Pools will be on their guard against him in the return fixture.
Head To Head
The New Year’s Day game will be the 57th competitive meeting between the clubs over the years and Gateshead have the edge having won 26 times in comparison to Pools’ 16 victories.
Both of last season’s games ended in draws but, following their Boxing Day win, Gateshead have the chance to secure their first double over Pools since 1949/50.
It was in that campaign almost 70 years ago that The Tynesiders enjoyed their last victory in Hartlepool – they’ve had twelve unsuccessful attempts in the time since.
Saturday 17th March 2018
Gateshead 2 (Armstrong) Pools 1 (Noble pen 87)
Gateshead: Pears, Tinkler, Barrow (O’Donnell 51), Kerr, Williamson, Mellish, Hunter, White (s/o 84), Molyneux, Armstrong, Boden (Rigg 65).
Subs not used: Foden, Devitt, Thomson.
Pools: Loach, Richardson, Davies, Rodgers, Kitching, Magnay, Noble, Hawkins (James 51), Newton (Hawkes 81), Donaldson, Muir.
Subs not used: Anderson, Featherstone, McLaughlin.
Daniel Middleton will take charge of his fourth Pools game on New Year’s Day when he’s the man in the middle for our fixture with Gateshead.
He oversaw our 2-1 win at FC Halifax Town in September during which he sent off two home players, while he was also on the whistle for our extraordinary 3-3 draw at AFC Fylde in March as well as our 1-1 home draw with Sutton United last October.
Middleton’s most recent appointment came at Barrow on Saturday when he was referee for The Bluebirds dramatic televised 3-2 win over promotion-chasing Salford City.
There’ll be full live online commentary of the New Year’s Day game with Gateshead on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.
So if you can’t get along to The Super 6 Stadium then make sure you’re logged-on and listening as Mark Simpson keeps you right up to date on the action as it unfolds.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 11am until kick-off on Tuesday.
We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.
Pools have been made slight 7/5 favourites for three points on New Year’s Day, while visitors Gateshead are priced at 9/5 and the bookies have the draw at odds of 21/10.