We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to The EBB Stadium.
Aldershot Town v Pools
Saturday 13th April 2019, 3pm
The EBB Stadium
After finishing fifth in each of the last two National League campaigns, there were few onlookers who predicted a season of struggle for Aldershot Town.
The Hampshire outfit missed out on a return to the EFL after falling at the play-off hurdle twice in succession but now have a real battle on their hands to avoid relegation.
Indeed, The Shots are 11 points shy of safety and if they fail to beat Pools at The EBB Stadium on Saturday then their drop in to National League South will be confirmed.
Boss Gary Waddock was left frustrated last time out when he saw his side take the lead before being held to a draw at Bromley and he admitted that his team has simply made too many errors this term.
The 2-2 draw at Hayes Lane meant that Aldershot have still won just twice since the start of November and they have collected just three points from the last available 30 on home soil.
Adam McDonnell has top scored for The Shots in the National League this season, hitting the net six times from midfield so far in 2018/19.
The 21-year-old joined the club on a permanent deal last February after impressing during a spell on loan from Championship side Ipswich Town.
McDonnell has been in more starting elevens than any other player for Aldershot this season and is likely to be a starter again this weekend – he’s someone Pools will need to keep an eye on.
Head To Head
The two sides are gearing up for their 60th competitive meeting this weekend having enjoyed a history of matches which stretches back as far as 1950s.
Pools’ recent record against The Shots isn’t great – the draw at The Super 6 Stadium in September is the best they’ve mustered in the last three meetings after Aldershot did the National League double last term.
Prior to that, Pools had run out 5-1 winners in the FA Cup back in December 2004 and won by the same scoreline in the last league meeting in Hampshire in March 1991.
Saturday 29th September
Pools 1 (Muir 33) Aldershot Town 1 (McClure 63)
Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Davies, Magnay (Anderson 85), Kitching, Featherstone, Woods (Hawkes 63), Noble, Muir (McLaughlin 63), James.
Subs not used: Newton, Dinanga.
Aldershot Town: Cole, Kinsella, Fowler, Lelan, McCoy, McDonnell, Wanadio (Rendell 60), Booty, Berkeley-Agyepong (Gallagher 28), May (Howell 77), McClure.
Subs not used: Legg, Bernard.
Christopher Pollard will referee his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for Saturday’s encounter with Aldershot Town.
The official is in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees but this will be the first occasion he’s seen Pools in action.
It’s his fourth Aldershot appointment of the campaign and he’s seen them win, lose and draw in the previous three.
If you can’t get along to The EBB Stadium on Saturday then make sure you join Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live coverage.
Mark will be on-air to set the scene from 2.50pm and then guide you through all the action as it unfolds as Craig Hignett’s men look for a return to winning ways.
Pools fans can buy their tickets for Saturday’s game in advance by going online, while there will also be availability on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.
Aldershot Town have been installed as 5/4 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Pools rated a 19/10 shot for victory and the draw priced up at 11/5.