Hartlepool United v Dagenham & Redbridge
Saturday 21st December, 3pm
Dagenham & Redbridge enjoyed an encouraging start to the new campaign and were up among the play-off contenders in October on the back of a run of 11 games without defeat.
Peter Taylor’s men have struggled to find the same consistency in recent weeks and they arrive at Victoria Park on Saturday looking to halt a sequence of four consecutive National League losses.
A replay win over Sutton United in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night will have no doubt boosted morale as they head to the North-East hoping to complete a league double over Pools.
One To Watch
With Angelo Balanta ruled out through injury, Daggers boss Peter Taylor moved in to the loan market to sign front man Ben House on a temporary deal from Reading.
The 20-year-old hit the ground running when he fired a brace in their 6-1 rout of Aldershot Town and it will be hoped that he can remain on the goal trail as Dagenham look to get back to their best form.
An industrious performer who is comfortable as a main centre-forward or just in behind, House will hope to extend his stay at Victoria Road beyond the New Year if things continue to go well.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 15th competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have the edge having won seven of the previous contests.
However, The Daggers have had the better of it in more recent times, running out winners in three of the last four encounters – including their 3-1 success at Victoria Road earlier this season.
Dagenham & Redbridge 3 Pools 1
Saturday 14th September 2019
Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Wright, Onariase, Croll, Clark, Robinson, Phipps, Luque (Graham 77), Dobson (McQueen 66), Balanta (Grant 89), Quigley.
Subs not used: Gordon, Eleftheriou.
Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Kerr (Hawkes 75), Cunningham, Kitching, Mafuta, Noble, Kennedy (Kabamba 66), Donladson, Toure.
Subs not used: Richardson, Featherstone, Holohan.
On The Whistle
Peter Gibbons will be the man in charge for Saturday’s encounter with The Daggers at Victoria Park in what will be his second Pools game of the season.
The officials also saw us play out a goalless draw with Chorley during the opening month of the campaign, while he’s also refereed us against Braintree Town last term and against Maidstone United in 2017/18.
Gibbons has presided over six National League games so far during 2019/20 and has shown red cards in each of his last two outings.
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!
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.