We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth
Salford City v Pools
Tuesday 25th September 2018, 7.45pm
The Peninsula Stadium
Salford City have made no secret of their desire to make sure their stay in the National League is a brief one as they look to continue their journey up the football pyramid.
Famously owned by the ‘Class of 92’, City have won three promotions in four seasons and want to carry that success on in to the 2018/19 campaign.
The Ammies got off to a relatively slow start – losing two of their first three – but have since clicked in to gear and come in to Tuesday’s game on the back of four straight wins and a nine-game unbeaten run.
They’re among the top scorers in the division so far but have also been tight defensively in recent weeks, keeping four clean sheets in their last five outings.
A raft of new players were brought in during the summer by Graham Alexander following his appointment as boss in May, arriving to succeed duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley in the City hotseat.
Adam Rooney’s decision to turn his back on the chance to play Europa League football with Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in favour of joining Salford City raised a few eyebrows during the summer.
City have invested heavily in their squad as they attempt to reach the EFL and their pursuit of 30-year-old front man Rooney has paid off so far with him hitting the net seven times already.
The experienced striker was revered by Dons fans during a goal-laded stint at Pittodrie and he can maintain the kind of form he’s shown in the opening couple of months he’ll become just as popular in Salford.
Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the first time the two clubs have locked horns in league action, though we did meet in the FA Cup back in 2015/16.
Pools eventually ran out winners over The Ammies in a replay at The Vic when an extra-time goals from Scott Fenwick and Mikael Mandron ensured a 2-0 victory after the original tie had ended 1-1.
Marc Edwards will be taking charge of his second Pools game of the season on Tuesday night when he’s given the task of overseeing our visit to Salford City.
The official was also on the whistle for Pools’ 1-0 home defeat to Ebbsfleet United in August, while he was the man in the middle for three of our games last season.
Edwards saw us beaten at home by Eastleigh last September, lost at FC Halifax Town in February and finally watched a Pools win when he overcame Bromley 2-1 on home soil in March.
Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, his last appointment came in midweek when he presided over Leyton Orient’s 3-0 win at Harrogate Town.
Fans all over the world will be able to access live commentary of Tuesday evening’s game at Salford City by logging-on to Pools PlayerHD.
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets at Salford City prior to kick-off on the night of the game.
Salford City have been installed as 3/4 favourites for the three points on Tuesday night, with Pools out at 18/5 for a victory and the draw priced at 13/5 with Sky Bet.