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Match Previews

Preview: Pools v Aldershot Town

7 February 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Pools v Aldershot Town

7 February 2020

Hartlepool United v Aldershot Town
National League
Saturday 8th February 2020, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

Aldershot Town finished inside the relegation zone last season but were given a reprieve and allowed to stay in the fifth tier following Gateshead's demotion.

The uncertainty meant that planning for 2019/20 became a

little tricky for The Shots and, as a result, they got off to a pretty slow

start and found themselves in the bottom four again at the end of August.

However, things have improved as the season has gone on for

the Hampshire outfit, who appointed former Braintree boss Danny Searle as their

new Manager in April following Gary Waddock's departure.

They arrive at The Vic this weekend having tasted defeat

just once in their last eight games and, while they don't tend to score many

away from home, they have been hard to beat on their travels.

One To Watch

Ethan Chislett has become very popular with Aldershot Town fans since returning to the Club where he was on the books as a youngster.

The skilful midfielder was in The Shots Academy until the

age of 15 before moving on to enjoy a successful spell with Metropolitan


He also spent time in the colours of Basingstoke Town but

returned to Aldershot during the summer and has so far hit nine goals in the

National League so Pools will have to keep an eye on him this weekend.

Head To Head

Saturday's game will be the 62nd competitive meeting between the two clubs and it's Aldershot who have the better record having won 27 of the previous encounters in comparison to Pools' 20 triumphs.

Indeed, The Shots have held the upper hand over the last two

seasons when the sides have shared a division, doing the double over us during

the 2017/18 campaign.

Pools' 3-0 win at The EBB Stadium in October was the firsttime we've beaten them since an FA Cup tie at The Vic back in December 2004.

Last Meeting

Aldershot Town 0 Pools 3
Saturday 12th October 2019

Aldershot Town: Walker, Kinsella, Lyons-Foster, Hunt, Tinkler, Santos, Chislett (Eyoma 84), Berkeley-Agyepong (Shields 84), Powell, Mullings (Rance 75), Bettamer.
Subs not used: Finney, Whittingham.

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching, Featherstone, Mafuta, Hawkes (Holohan 75), Donaldson (Kennedy 89), Toure (James 65), Kabamba.
Subs not used: Richardson, Cunningham.

On The Whistle

Andrew Kitchen is to make his third visit of the season to Victoria Park this weekend when he takes charge of our meeting with Aldershot Town.

Still in his first season on the National League's list of

referees, Kitchen previously saw us lost to Bromley back in August and to

Harrogate Town on New Year's Day.

His most recent appointment came at Wrexham last weekendwhen he watched their 0-0 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge.

Live Commentary

Midfielder Gavan Holohan will be part of our commentary team for live coverage of Saturday's game against Aldershot Town here on the Official Website.

Holohan is suspended at the weekend so he will be behind the

microphone and alongside Mark Simpson on Saturday to give his views on the

action as it unfolds.

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Tickets for Saturday's game are available in advance online or from the Club's Ticket Office, while there will also be availability on the day of the game.

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for Saturday.

Betting Odds

Pools 51/50
Aldershot 12/5
Draw 12/5

Click here for a full list of markets and odds ahead of Saturday's game.

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