Solihull Moors v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7.45pm
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Solihull Moors consolidated their position inside the National League’s play-off zone on Saturday with a comprehensive 3-0 win over rivals Dover Athletic.
Defender Callum Howe was at the double during the win, which lifted some of the gloom felt in the aftermath of The Moors’ surprise defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge seven days earlier.
New boss Jimmy Shan will now be aiming to build on the weekend’s triumph when he takes charge of his second home game following his appointment at boss almost three weeks ago.
After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, The Moors will be hoping they can pin down their place in the top seven with a more consistent run of form after finding regular wins hard to come by in the opening months of 2020.
One To Watch
Jake Beesley scored the winner when Solihull Moors visited The Vic earlier in the season and new boss Jimmy Shan will be hoping he can get the front man back among the goals during the run-in.
The 23-year-old danger man netted twice in The Moors’ 3-0 win over Chesterfield on New Year’s Day but has been one of the victims of a goal shortage since then.
However, following Paul McCallum’s departure to Barnet on loan, there will be more focus on the likes of Beesley and fellow striker Danny Wright to provide the goals to underpin their play-off drive.
Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be just the sixth competitive meeting between the two sides and the previous five have all been won by the team playing away from home.
The Moors have won on each of their three visits to The Vic, including their 1-0 success in November when Jake Beesley scored the only goal of the game.
However, Pools also have a 100% record at Damson Park where they won 1-0 thanks to Liam Noble’s goal last season and 2-1 in 2017/18 when Jonathan Franks scored in the last minute to snatch victory.
Pools 0 Solihull Moors 1
Tuesday 5th November 2019
Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching, Featherstone, Mafuta (Williams 65), Holohan, Donaldson (Muir 82), Kabamba (Hawkes 76), James.
Subs not used: Cunningham, Kennedy.
Solihull Moors: Book, Reckord, Gudger, Gunning (Hawkridge 81), Vaughan, Howe, Storer, Ball, McCallum (Neufville 89), Wright (Yussuf 74), Beesley.
Subs not used: Williams, Hancox.
On The Whistle
James Bell will take charge of his first-ever Pools game this evening when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Solihull Moors.
The whistler is in his first season at National League level and has so far officiated in 15 contests in the division during 2019/20.
Bell has already overseen two of The Moors fixtures this term – looking after them during their home win over Dagenham back in November but also seeing them lose on home soil to Notts County at the end of December.
You can listen to full live commentary of our game against Solihull Moors for FREE right here on the Official Website.
Mark Simpson will be joined by former Premier League referee Jeff Winter for live coverage of the crunch encounter and you can listen-in right here from 7.35pm.
Tickets for tonight’s game will be available prior to kick-off in Solihull Moors’ Box Office.
The game is no longer segregated and Pools fans are advised to enter the stadium via turnstiles 5 and 6.
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