Hartlepool United v Woking
Saturday 7th September 2019, 7.30pm
Woking have been one of the surprise package of the opening month in the National League, springing out of the traps in fine form following last year’s promotion.
The Cards won their place back in the fifth tier at the first attempt via a glorious Play-Off Final win over Welling and they’ve emerged as one of the pace-setters so far in 2018/19.
Gateshead-born boss Alan Dowson dealt with an array of on and off field problems following his appointment last summer and enjoyed a debut season to remember in the Woking dugout.
This term they’ve already beaten the likes of Dagenham & Redbridge, AFC Fylde and Solihull Moors with an impressive seven victories from nine outings taking them second in the table.
They arrive at Victoria Park looking to extend their 100% record on the road so far in what should be a cracking game in front of the live BT Sport cameras on Saturday evening.
One To Watch
Jake Hyde penned a new deal with Woking during the summer after finishing their promotion season as joint top scorer in all competitions.
The powerful front man has plenty of experience at this level and above, and he’s already hit the net six times in the new campaign.
It looks likely that he is going to be the main man again this year for The Cards and he’s one Pools will need to keep quiet it they want to continue their winning run this weekend.
Head To Head
Pools and Woking have met just twice in competitive action previously when the teams shared a division during the 2017/18 campaign.
It was Pools who fared better during those meetings, drawing 1-1 at Kingfield in September 2017 before running out 3-2 winners at The Vic in February 2018 thanks to goals from Devante Rodney, Jake Cassidy and Rhys Oates.
Pools 3 Woking 2
Saturday 17th February 2017
Pools: Loach, George (Hawkins 85), Harrison, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Cassidy, Oates (Hawkes 89), Rodney.
Subs not used: Catterick, Owen, Pritchard.
Woking: Baxter, Ralph, Staunton, Orlu, Young, Banton (Edwards 66), Carter, Lathrope (Jones 57), Grego-Cox, Ferdinand (Isaac 73), Cook.
Subs not used: Appau, Saraiva.
On The Whistle
Saturday’s game will be overseen by Tom Reeves, who will be refereeing Pools for the second time in his career.
The only other time he’s seen us in action was at Dover Athletic last November when we were beaten 2-1.
Reeves is in to his third season as a National League referee and his most recent appointment came at Stockport County a fortnight ago as they defeated Chesterfield 2-0.
Live Television Coverage
Saturday’s game is being broadcast live on BT Sport, with their coverage beginning from 7.15pm.
The programme will be presented by Matt Smith, who will be joined by Chris Hargreaves and reporter Jeff Brazier, while Adam Summerton will commentate alongside Adam Virgo.
Fans all over the world can still access live commentary of Saturday’s game as usual here on the Official Website with Mark Simpson and Brian Honour on-air from 7.20pm.
Those supporters who listen-in to our commentary will also be able to debate the action with fellow Poolies on our Chat Room and get comments and questions through to Mark and Brian.
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.