Preview: Maidenhead United v Pools

York Road, Maidenhead United

Maidenhead United v Hartlepool United
National League
Saturday 10th August 2019, 3pm
York Road

In Opposition

Maidenhead United have enjoyed an encouraging start to the new campaign, having collected four points from their opening two fixtures of 2019/20.

Alan Devonshire’s men sprung a bit of a surprise on the opening day when they brought promoted Stockport County down to earth with a bump – beating them 1-0 live on TV thanks to former Pools man Jake Cassidy’s goal at Edgeley Park.

The Magpies were able to back up that excellent result on the road with a creditable point against much-fancied Chesterfield on Tuesday night to sit ninth in the table ahead of Pools’ visit this weekend.

One To Watch

Jake Cassidy will be gunning for his former club this weekend when he lines-up against Pools in Maidenhead United colours for the first time.

The front man finished last season out on loan at relegated Maidstone United before moving to York Road during the summer to bolster The Magpies’ attacking options.

Cassidy made a dream start when he netted the winner in last weekend’s televised clash with National League new boys Stockport County and he will be hoping to add to his tally on Saturday.

Head To Head

This Saturday’s game will be only the fourth meeting between the sides with Pools only sharing a division with The Magpies during the past two seasons.

Pools did the double over Maidenhead last term, backing up a 2-1 success at The Vic in the opening month with a 1-0 win at York Road in December which was Craig Hignett’s final game in temporary charge.

It was a bit of revenge for Pools too – because Maidenhead had completed a National League double over them in 2017/18 with a pair of 2-1 triumphs.

Last Meeting

Maidenhead United 0 Pools 1
Saturday 8th December 2018

Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Obileye (Cole 63), Kilgour, Ofori-Twumasi, Massey, Comley (s/o 50), Worsfold (Odametey 78), Kelly, Clifton (Bird 71).
Subs not used: Owusu, Peters.

Pools: Loach, Kioso (Richardson 35), Kitching, Magnay, Anderson, Noble, Donaldson, Hawkes (McLaughlin 83), Featherstone, Muir, James.
Subs not used: Butler, O’Neill, Dinanga.

On The Whistle

James Durkin is another referee new to the National League list this season and will be taking charge of just his second fixture at this level on Saturday.

The official made his National League bow on Tuesday evening when he oversaw Sutton United’s 1-1 draw with Barnet at Gander Green Lane.

Live Commentary

You can enjoy full live commentary of Saturday’s game here on the Official Website, as Mark Simpson returns to provide coverage from York Road.

Our live commentary is now totally FREE for fans all over the world – plus, we have a Chat Room so you can discuss the action with fellow Poolies while you listen to the game!

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Tickets for Saturday’s game are available to Pools fans on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at York Road though you can also buy in advance if you’d prefer.

Click here for all the information you need on tickets for Saturday’s game.

Betting Odds

Maidenhead 7/5
Pools 13/8
Draw 11/5