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Preview: Pools v Wrexham

22 March 2019

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

Pools v Wrexham
National League
Saturday 23rd March 2019, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Wrexham are currently working under their third permanent manager of the season but that upheaval doesn’t seem to have affected them too much as they fight for automatic promotion.

The North Wales side are now in to their 11th season in the National League but their fans are crossing their fingers that this can be the campaign to steer them back in to the EFL.

Wrexham began their challenge this year under the watch of Sam Ricketts but he was stolen away by Shrewsbury Town in December and his successor Graham Barrow resigned after a couple of months at the helm.

Thankfully, the swift appointment of former player Bryan Hughes has steadied the ship and an excellent run of form through February helped ensure they stayed in the race for the title.

A damaging defeat to rivals Leyton Orient, coupled with a shock loss at home to Barrow in the following game, threatened to knock them off course but last weekend’s win over Maidstone has settled any nerves that may have been building.

As a result, they arrive in the North East sitting third but just a point behind Orient and Solihull Moors though their rivals do still have games in hand.

Star Player
Wrexham have been far from prolific this season – in fact only one team in the top half have scored fewer – so a strong defence has been key and it’s well stewarded by Shaun Pearson.

No outfield player has started as many National League games for The Dragons as the 29-year-old centre-back has formed part of one of the stingiest backlines in the division.

Signed from Grimsby Town in the summer of 2017, Pearson is a leader for Wrexham and also has the experience of promotion from this level, which he achieved with The Mariners in 2015/16.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 107th competitive meeting between the two clubs in a rivalry which stretches back as far as 1921 and our first season in the Football League.

The Dragons have had the better of it over the years having won 49 times in comparison to Pools’ 39 triumphs and the North Wales outfit have taken the points in the last two meetings.

You have to go back to the 2006/07 League Two promotion season to find Pools’ last victory over Wrexham – a Jon Daly hat-trick inspiring Danny Wilson’s men to a 3-0 success at The Vic.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 30th October 2018
Wrexham 1 (Young 20) Pools 0

Wrexham: Lainton, Robertson, Jennings, Pearson, Wright, Lawlor, Young, Maguire-Drew (Deverdics 85), Walker (Rutherford 81), Pyke, Beavon (Fondop-Talom 58).
Subs not used: Dibble, Holroyd.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Davies (s/0 40), Anderson, Donaldson, Noble, Featherstone (Newton 70), McLaughlin (Hawkes 85), Muir (James 70), Dinanga.
Subs not used: Kitching, Hawkins.

Referee
Marc Edwards is the man in the middle for the third time in a Pools game this season as he takes charge of our tussle with Wrexham.

Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, he has seen us lose at home to Ebbsfleet United and away at Salford City previously this term.

Edwards’ most recent appointment came last month when he was on the whistle for Chesterfield’s surprise 1-0 win at AFC Fylde.

Live Coverage
Pools legend Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson for full live online commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm when they’ll set the scene from The Super 6 Stadium, run you through the breaking team news and then describe all the action as it unfolds.

Click here for more information on how you can listen to Saturday’s live coverage on Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
We’ve reduced ticket prices for the game to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions as a thank you to everyone who rallied behind the Club during this fixture last season.

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 special offer tickets for Saturday's game.

Betting
Wrexham are 7/5 favourites for the win this weekend, with Pools looking reasonable value out of 15/8 for three points and the draw priced up at 2/1.

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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