Solihull Moors v Hartlepool United
Saturday 15th February 2020, 3pm
The SportNation.bet Stadium
Solihull Moors moved back in to the National League’s play-off zone following their 1-0 win over Barnet, bringing to an end a run of six league games without a win.
The Moors finished second in 2018/19 but have had their ups and downs during the current campaign and, after reasonably bright start, a dramatic loss of form saw the departure of boss Tim Flowers in January.
The owners have now moved to install former West Bromwich Albion coach Jimmy Shan as their new Manager this week and he will take charge for the first time against Pools.
Shan has 12 games to ensure that The Moors clinch their place inside the top seven but the play-off picture remains fairly cloudy, with only nine points separating third and thirteenth ahead of the weekend games.
Solihull have won just twice at Damson Park in their last seven in all competitions but Pools must still be wary because only top two, Barrow and Harrogate Town, have taken more points on home soil so far this season.
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
Saturday’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
Steven Copeland will take charge of his third Pools game of the season this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Solihull Moors.
The official also saw us lose 3-1 to Sutton United on the opening day before refereeing us during the dramatic 2-1 win over Yeovil Town at The Vic back in October.
Copeland, who is in his first season on the National League’s list of referees, has overseen one Solihull Moors game – when they won 6-1 at Chorley in August.
Fans all over the world will be able to enjoy live commentary of Saturday’s game right here on the Official Website from 2.50pm.
Mark Simpson will be live on the Club’s Mixlr Channel to guide you through the action as it unfolds and read out your comments and questions throughout the broadcast.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available in advance online, while Pools fans can also buy from Solihull’s Box Office on the day of the game.
The game is now segregated.
Solihull Moors 6/5