We turn the spotlight on Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of Boreham Wood's visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Boreham Wood
Saturday 6th October 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
Boreham Wood have enjoyed a steady start to the new campaign as they look to shrug off the disappointment of losing in last season’s Play-Off Final at Wembley.
After making fantastic progress in recent seasons under boss Luke Garrard, The Wood emerged as dark horses for promotion last term and almost went all the way only to fall against Tranmere Rovers at the final hurdle.
Their success attracted some bigger clubs and they lost three key players during the summer – the most notable being Bruno Andrade who top-scored last term with 20 goals in the National League.
However, the disappointment of losing him and other high-profile stars was offset with the news that they were able to tie stars such as Angelo Balanta – who hit double figures last season – down to new contracts at Meadow Park.
They arrive in the North East on the back of a poor run of form which has seen them lose three successive league games for the first time in eighteen months and they will be hoping to put that right at The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.
Josh Umerah has hit the ground running since joining The Wood on loan from Charlton Athletic at the start of the season.
The 21-year-old has found the net five times in 13 appearances so far this term with his size and strength causing problems for National League defences.
If Pools want to pick up all three points this weekend then the Addicks’ youngster is someone they will certainly have to keep a close eye on at The Super 6 Stadium.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the third time the two teams have met in competitive action – last season with the first time the clubs have shared a division.
Fans will be hoping for more goalmouth action when the two teams go up against each other this weekend because last term both meetings ended in 0-0 draws.
Saturday 10th March 2018
Pools 0 Boreham Wood 0
Pools: Loach, Magnay, Harrison (s/o 65), Donnelly, Adams, Featherstone, Hawkins (Hawkes 90), Newton (Laing 67), Woods, Cassidy, Oates (Rodney 76).
Subs not used: Catterick, Owen.
Boreham Wood: G Smith, K Smith, Woodards, Stephens, Turley, Ricketts, Champion, Murtagh, Andrade, Balanta, Ferrier.
Subs not used: Doe, Davey, Quigley, Folivi.
Gareth Rhodes will be in charge of a Pools game for the first time on Saturday when he’s on the whistle for our encounter with Boreham Wood.
The official is another new addition to the National League’s list of referees and has so far overseen five games at this level this season.
His most recent appointment came over in Cumbria when he was the man in the middle for Gateshead’s 2-1 win over Barrow at Holker Street.
Brian Honour will once again join Mark Simpson in the commentary box to provide full live coverage on the game against Boreham Wood 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.
Sky Bet have once again introduced a series of boosts ahead of our fixture on Saturday with Pools to win and both teams to score now out at a very tempting 4/1.
Pools are rated 11/8 favourites for the victory, with visitors Boreham Wood a 2/1 shot and the draw priced at 11/5 by our friends at Sky Bet.