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Preview: Pools v Braintree Town

25 January 2019

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Hartlepool United v Braintree Town

We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Braintree Town’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Braintree Town
National League
Saturday 24th January 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Like Pools, Braintree Town have seen a change in management this week as boss Hakan Hayrettin opted to leave the club to take up a role at Maidstone United.

Assistant Danny Searle has stepped up to the top job at Cressing Road and will have to call upon all of his coaching credentials if he is to help The Iron climb away from relegation trouble.

Town are sitting bottom of the National League table and remain nine points from safety, though last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of Barnet will have done wonders for morale in the squad.

The Essex outfit have also picked up on the road, collecting four points from their last two away games in the league and they will be hoping to continue that trend at The Super 6 Stadium.

Star Player
Callum Morton fired a hat-trick in last Saturday’s 4-0 trouncing of Barnet at Cressing Road so will be heading for Hartlepool in fine spirits for this weekend’s game.

The teenage hitman joined Braintree on loan from West Brom at the start of December and has proved a real handful for opposition defence in his eight appearances since.

Having lost a reliable source of goals when Mo Bettamer moved to Barnet in November, Town supporters will be hoping last week’s treble is a sign of things to come for the 19-year-old.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the second competitive meeting between the two clubs after the first ended in a 1-1 draw at Cressing Road in the opening month of the current campaign.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 14th August 2018
Braintree Town 1 (Bettamer 90) Pools 1 (Muir 25)

Braintree Town: Killip, Muleba, Webber, Durojaiye (Della-Verde 68), Clark, Hill (Frimpong 22), Lyons-Foster, Allen, Patterson, Bettamer, Rowe (Rrapaj 55).
Subs not used: Ochieng, Bettache.

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, Noble (McLaughlin 89), Woods (Newton 68), Muir, James (Cassidy 84).
Subs not used: Laing, Dinanga.

Referee
Rebecca Welch will become the first female referee of a Pools game when she’s on the whistle for Saturday’s encounter with Braintree Town.

Having stepped up from National League North at the start of the current campaign, Welch has solid experience and took charge of the Women’s FA Cup Final in 2017.

Welch has presided over six National League fixtures so far this season, her most recent outing coming in a dramatic 3-3 draw between Chesterfield and Ebbsfleet United during which she flashed her first red card of the season.

Live Coverage
Join Brian Honour and Mark Simpson for full live commentary of Saturday’s game against Braintree Town on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

We bring you live coverage of every game on Pools PlayerHD so if you’re unable to get along to The Super 6 Stadium then let us deliver the action to you this weekend!

Pools PlayerHD is available now until the end of June for just £24.99 so click here now for more information about signing-up in time for kick-off this weekend.

Tickets
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.

Click here for more information on buying tickets for games at The Super 6 Stadium.

Betting
Pools have been installed as 8/13 favourites for three points this weekend, while visitors Braintree are a 17/4 shot for victory and the draw is priced at 5/2 with the bookies.

Click here now to take a look at all the latest odds and price boosts with our friends at Sky Bet.


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