Preview: Pools v Boreham Wood

Victoria Park, Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United v Boreham Wood
National League
Saturday 23rd November, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

Boreham Wood will hope they can continue their climb up the National League table and have a say in and around the play-off places again during 2019/20.

The Wood were beaten Play-Off Finalists in 2017/18 when Tranmere Rovers scraped past them to claim a return to the EFL and Luke Garrard’s men failed to find the same level of consistency last term.

Having finished 20th in 2018/19, The Wood endured a slow start to the new campaign but have been making up ground in the last few months and arrive at Victoria Park on a run of three without defeat.

They are currently one point and one place above Pools in the National League table so there is all to play for when they make the long trip to the North East this weekend.

One To Watch

Kabongo Tshimanga has hit the ground running at Meadow Park since being snapped up by Boreham Wood during the summer after blasting 37 goals for Oxford City last season.

The 22-year-old ace came through the ranks with MK Dons but could not make a regular breakthrough there so, after a series of loan moves, he made a switch to Boston United.

However, it was a link-up with Oxford which really seems to have ignited Tshimanga’s career and there are already reports of higher division interest in the front man who has hit the new 12 times already for The Wood this season.

Head To Head

This weekend’s game will be the fifth competitive meeting between the two clubs and Pools are yet to taste defeat against their Hertfordshire visitors.

The last time they met was back in February when Pools turned in a clinical away performance to come away from Meadow Park on the back of a convincing 4-0 triumph.

Pools did the double over The Wood last season, while both games back in the 2017/18 campaign ended goalless.

Last Meeting

Boreham Wood 0 Pools 4
Saturday 16th February 2019

Boreham Wood: Huddart, Ilseanmi, Parry, Fyfield, Ricketts, Champion, Murtagh, Shields (Ash 59), Gabriel (Shakes 68), Thomas, Kanu.
Subs not used: Burbidge, Woodards, Ugwu.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Anderson, Cunningham, Amos, Noble (Kitching 86), Donaldson, Hawkes (Hawkins 72), Featherstone, Kabamba, James (Muir 89).
Subs not used: Richardson, Miller.

On The Whistle

Experienced referee Karl Evans will be in charge of Saturday’s fixture at Victoria Park as he officiates his first Pools game in over eight years.

The last time he presided over Pools we were in League One and beating Brentford 3-0, whilst he also saw us thump Gillingham 4-0 at The Vic in March 2008.

More recently he’s been refereeing in the National League where he has overseen two games this term, his latest appointment coming at Chesterfield last weekend where Chorley ran out 3-2 winners.

Live Commentary

Mark Simpson will be joined by Pools legend Brian Honour for full live online commentary of Saturday’s game here on the Official Website.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm and our coverage is completely FREE and available all over the world so if you can’t get to The Vic make sure you join us online!

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 101/100
Boreham Wood 22/9
Draw 12/5

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