Woking v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 7th December, 3pm
Woking enjoyed a lightning fast start to the current campaign and led the way at the top of the National League table for a period during the opening weeks.
After winning seven of the first eight outings, they then drew four in a row and struggled to rediscover the winning habit, going without a victory during the whole of September and October.
A 3-1 triumph at Stockport County at the beginning of November seemed to reignite The Cards and they went on to win two of their next three before falling to a 1-0 defeat at Boreham Wood last time out.
They’re still proudly sitting fifth ahead of the weekend action, which is probably above the expectations of most supporters at this stage of the season following their instant return from National League South last term.
One To Watch
Jake Hyde has hit double figures already this season and will be one of Woking’s biggest dangers when Pools visit Kingfield Stadium on Saturday.
The much-travelled front man joined The Cards last summer and played his part as they bounced back from relegation by winning promotion back to the National League at the first attempt.
Hyde says he wants to hit another four goals before the end of 2019 so Pools will have to be on their guard against the 29-year-old who has hit the net four times in his last five outings.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the fourth competitive meeting between the two clubs and two of the previous three have finished all-square.
Pools have the only victory in this fixture having overcome The Cards 3-2 when they made their first visit to Victoria Park back in February 2018.
Pools 1 Woking 1
Saturday 7th September 2019
Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Kerr, Cunningham, Kitching, Mafuta, Kennedy (Holohan 89), Noble (Featherstone 84), Donaldson, Toure.
Subs not used: Bale, Kabamba, James.
Woking: Ross, Cook, Casey, Gerring, Diarra, Ferdinand, Poku, Johnson, Edser (Hodges 67), Tarpey, Hyde.
Subs not used: Howes, Parry, Collier, Meite.
On The Whistle
Tom Reeves will referee Saturday’s game at Kingfield Stadium to complete a double for the season having also taken charge of our meeting with Woking at The Vic back in September.
In all, this will be his third Pools fixture since stepping up to the National League’s list of referees last summer – Reeves also oversaw our 2-1 defeat at Dover Athletic last November.
His most recent appointment came at Aldershot Town a fortnight ago when he saw The Shots defeat Notts County 2-1.
You can listen to full live online commentary of Saturday’s game right here on the Official Website from 2.50pm.
Mark Simpson will be on-air to bring you the build-up from Kingfield Stadium before describe all the action as it unfolds this weekend.
Pools fans can get their tickets on the day at Kingfield Stadium – however, they’re also available in advance online.