Ebbsfleet United v Hartlepool United
Saturday 16th November, 3pm
The Kuflink Stadium
Ebbsfleet United have rallied in recent weeks after enduring a poor start to the 2019/20 National League campaign.
The Kent outfit lost all of their first five games this term
to leave them playing catch-up and, despite picking up a little in earlySeptember, they hit another tricky run moving in to October.
The struggle for points led to Garry Hill's departure as
boss and Kevin Watson did enough during his spell in caretaker charge to securethe top job on a permanent basis at the start of this month.
Back-to-back victories at Sutton United and Chorley helped
lift The Fleet off the bottom of the table but now they will be focused on
improving their form at home where they've won just one of their ten games thisseason.
One To Watch
Front man Alex Reid has fired five goals in all competitions for Ebbsfleet United since joining the club on loan from Stevenage in the opening month of the campaign.
The 24-year-old spent time on loan at AFC Fylde last season
where he worked under Dave Challinor so the new Pools boss will have hisplayers on red alert this weekend.
Reid came through the ranks with Aston Villa has plenty of
National League experience having also made loan moves to Wrexham and SolihullMoors in recent years.
Head To Head
Saturday's game will be only the fifth time the two clubs have met in competitive action and Pools are still awaiting their first victory over The Fleet.
The closest they've come was a goalless draw when the sides
last played back in February but the three previous encounters before that onehave all gone Ebbsfleet's way.
Ebbsfleet United 0 Pools 0
Tuesday 19th February 2019
Ebbsfleet United: Ashmore, King, Magri, Bush, Wilson, Rance, Drury, Weston, Payne, McDonald (Whitely 29), Cheek (Kedwell 73).
Subs not used: Miles, Adams, Moncur.
Pools: Loach, Kioso, Anderson, Cunningham, Amos (Kitching 84, Noble, Donaldson, Hawkes (Molyneux 67), Featherstone, Kabamba, James (Muir 89).
Subs not used: Richardson, Hawkins.
On The Whistle
Lloyd Wood will take charge of his second Pools game on Saturday when he's the man in the middle for our trip to Ebbsfleet United.
The official is now in to his second season on the National
League's list of referees but he didn't oversee any Pools fixtures during hisfirst campaign.
The only occasion we've been under his watch was at
Eastleigh back in September when he saw us draw 1-1 with The Spitfires atSilverlake Stadium.
You can listen to full live online commentary of Saturday's game at Ebbsfleet United by joining us here on the Official Website.
Mark Simpson will be on-air from 2.50pm at The Kuflink
Stadium so make sure you're with us to follow all the action as it unfolds thisweekend.
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets direct on the turnstiles at The Kuflink Stadium prior to kick-off on Saturday.
Ebbsfleet United 13/9