Aldershot Town v Hartlepool United
Saturday 12th October 2019, 3pm
The EBB Stadium
Aldershot Town were handed a National League reprieve during the summer when Gateshead’s demotion allowed The Shots to avoid being relegated from the fifth tier.
Gary Waddock left as boss to be replaced by former Braintree Town chief Danny Searle and he’s overseen an inconsistent start for the Hampshire outfit.
They were without a win in three going in to their midweek meeting with Dover Athletic but a brilliant 4-0 triumph is sure to have boosted their confidence ahead of Pools’ visit.
The recent signing of forward Mo Bettamer also provided a welcome lift for Town fans who have seen an overhaul in the squad at The EBB Stadium since the end of last season.
One To Watch
Shots boss Danny Searle snapped up Mo Bettamer on a deal until the end of the season at the start of this month and he will be hoping to provide the goals that lift the club up the league table.
The 26-year-old had an unhappy stint with Barnet following his move from Braintree Town so was only too happy to link-up once again with Searle at The EBB Stadium.
Bettamer – a former teammate of Pools keeper Ben Killip – scored against us for Braintree at the start of last season as they nicked a last-gasp draw at Cressing Road.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 60th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Aldershot have the best record, having won 27 of the previous encounters.
Both games last season finished 1-1, while The Shots did the double over Pools in the National League during 2017/18.
Pools’ last win in the fixture came in the FA Cup back in December 2004 when an unlikely double from Chris Westwood paved the way for a 5-1 win in which Adam Boyd (2) and Mark Tinkler also found the net.
Aldershot Town 1 Pools 1
Saturday 13th April 2019
Aldershot Town: Mannion, Bernard, Menayesse, Finney, McDonnell (Rowe 85), Howell, Booty, Rendell, Mensah, Grant (McDonagh 78), Goddard (Berkeley-Agyepong 85).
Subs not used: Cole, Gallagher.
Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Kitching, Donaldson, Holohan (Bale 86), Featherstone, Molyneux (Muir 84), Kabamba, James.
Subs not used: Catterick, Anderson, Amos.
On The Whistle
Ryan Atkin will take charge of his first Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our encounter with Aldershot Town at The EBB Stadium.
Indeed, Saturday will be only the second time Atkin has refereed at National League level since his promotion during the summer.
His first appointment was on Tuesday night when he presided over Torquay United’s 4-2 win at Ebbsfleet United.
You will be able to listen to full live and uninterrupted commentary of Saturday’s game here on the Official Website – and the best thing about it is that it’s completely FREE!
Mark Simpson will be on-air from The EBB Stadium from 2.50pm when he’ll set the scene, summarise the breaking team news and then describe all the action as it unfolds.
Pools fans can take advantage of Aldershot’s superb ‘Pay What You Want’ deal as long as they buy in advance online – the offer won’t be available at The EBB Stadium on the day.