We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Bromley’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Bromley
Saturday 23rd February 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
Bromley find themselves one place above Pools in the National League table ahead of Saturday’s game at The Super 6 Stadium but only goal difference separates the two rivals.
Neil Smith’s side have put together a much improved run of form since December to pull themselves clear of a potential relegation battle and now sit much more comfortably in the middle ground.
Having now firmly established themselves in the fifth tier following promotion as Champions of National League South in 2014/15, The Ravens will be hoping for a positive finish to the campaign.
As well as reaching the FA Trophy Final, they finished ninth last season so they will be aiming to get as close to that again this term if they can continue the momentum built up in recent months.
JJ Hooper has been the man to watch since he joined Bromley on loan from League Two outfit Grimsby Town at the start of December.
His arrival has coincided with an upturn in results for the Hayes Lane side, and his seven goals in 10 National League game has been a big factor in that improvement.
The former Newcastle United youngster hit the net fairly regularly during spells at Havant & Waterlooville and then Port Vale and is back among the goals since signing for The Ravens.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the fourth meeting between the two sides and Bromley and the previous three have all gone with home advantage.
The Ravens inflicted Pools’ heaviest defeat of the season when they travelled to Hayes Lane earlier in the season, running out 4-0 winners on an afternoon to forget for Matthew Bates’ men.
However, they were beaten when they made the trip to the North-East last season, goals from Josh Hawkes and Michael Woods enough to secure a 2-1 win for Pools.
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Bromley 4 (Sutherland pen 12, pen 78, Bugiel 63, Porter 85) Pools 0
Bromley: Gregory, Johnson, Holland, Wood, Brindley, Raymond, Mekki (Goodman 74), Sutherland, Bugiel (De Silva 86), Porter, Quigley (Ogedi-Uzokwe 60).
Subs not used: Rooney, Goddard.
Pools: Loach, Kioso (s/o 77), Kitching (Newton 46), Magnay, Anderson (Hawkes 68), Noble, Donaldson, Featherstone, McLaughlin, Muir (James 58), Dinanga.
Subs not used: Richardson, Murphy.
It will be Gareth Rhodes’ second Pools game of the season when he is the man in the middle for our National League contest against Bromley this weekend.
His only previous visit to The Super 6 Stadium came back in October when two goals from Andrew Davies saw Pools run out 2-0 winners over Boreham Wood.
Rhodes in his first season on the National League’s list of referees and his most recent appointment came at the back end of January when he watched Wrexham’s 1-0 home win over Maidenhead United.
Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson in the commentary box this weekend to provide live commentary of the game on Pools PlayerHD.
The pair will be on-air from 2.50pm to set the scene from the ground and run you through all the breaking team news ahead of kick-off.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 12noon until kick-off on Saturday.
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 installed as 13/10 favourites for three points this weekend, with visitors Bromley just behind at 15/8 and the draw available at a price of 21/10.