Preview: Pools v AFC Fylde

Victoria Park, Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United v AFC Fylde
National League
Tuesday 13th August 2019, 7.45pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

AFC Fylde have made an encouraging start to the new campaign having won two of their three games so far to sit among the early pace-setters in the formative National League table.

Dave Challinor’s men seem to have shrugged off any lingering disappointment at defeat in last term’s Play-Off Final and look likely to be one of the main contenders for promotion again in 2019/20.

The Coasters have been able to add further strength to their squad with a number of summer signings to give Challinor a little more depth in his quest to deliver EFL football to the ambitious Mill Farm outfit.

Victory at Aldershot Town on the opening day of the season was followed-up by a frustrating goalless draw at home to Chorley but a Danny Rowe penalty got Fylde back on course against Ebbsfleet United at the weekend.

One To Watch

It probably goes without saying that Pools will need to keep tabs on dangerous front man Danny Rowe if they want to enjoy victory over AFC Fylde on Tuesday night.

The Coasters’ legendary striker has scored in three of his side’s four games against Pools and has already found the net twice in the new campaign though both were from the penalty spot.

A local lad who is a firm favourite with Fylde fans, Rowe’s goals helped them seal promotion from National League North and now have them knocking on the door for a spot in the EFL.

Head To Head

Pools will be looking for their first-ever win over AFC Fylde on Tuesday evening in what will be the fifth competitive meeting between the two clubs.

The Coasters completed a National League double over Pools last term, complementing a 2-1 triumph at The Vic in November with a 4-2 success on a windswept night in March.

Pools’ best effort so far is a 3-3 draw in which Jake Cassidy and Devante Rodney scored very late goals to rescue an unlikely point after the team had been trailing 3-1.

Last Meeting

AFC Fylde 4 Pools 2
Tuesday 12th March 2019

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Francis-Angol, Byrne, Tunnicliffe, Birch, Croasdale, Philliskirk (Walters 78), Crawford, Haughton (Brewitt 89), Rowe, Reid (Tasdemir 55).
Subs not used: Odusina, Hemmings.

Pools: Loach, Kioso (Noble 86), Kerr, Anderson, Edgar, Donaldson, Hawkes, Featherstone, Molyneux, Kabamba, James.
Subs not used: Kitching, Amos, Hawkins, Muir.

On The Whistle

The referee for Tuesday night’s game will be Gareth Rhodes, who is making his first visit of the season to Victoria Park.

Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, Rhodes presided over our home games against Boreham Wood and Bromley during 2018/19.

Live Commentary

Brian Honour will once again join Mark Simpson in the press box for full live (and completely FREE) online commentary of Tuesday’s night’s game.

The lads will be on-air on the Official Website from 7.35pm to set the scene from The Vic and then guide you through every step of the action as it unfolds.

Plus, fans listening in will be able to use our Chat Room to discuss the game with fellow Poolies and send questions and comments in to be read out live on-air!

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Tickets for Tuesday’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 Tuesday.

Betting Odds

Pools 19/10
AFC Fylde 13/10
Draw 9/4