5:30pm - SaturdaySat 10th FebruaryFeb 2024
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Hartlepool United

Match Preview and Guide | Hartlepool United (H)

William Bewsey
10:37am, Thu 8th Feb 2024
Woking vs Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 10th February 2024
17:30 Kick-Off

Woking end a week of three consecutive home games with the visit of Hartlepool United in front of the TNT Sports cameras.

Tuesday night’s home win against Oxford City ended a barren run of no home win in the league for the Cards since August, and saw two of Michael Doyle’s new signings in Lewis Walker and Jayden Luker both scoring their first goals since joining.

It was also Woking’s fourth clean sheet under Doyle, and another big positive was the return of Manny Oyeleke, who got some minutes near the end, as well as a first start for Curtis Edwards. Doyle will hope that the likes of Jim Kellermann and Rhys Browne are not too far away as well.

Opposition Watch
Since the last time these two sides met, Hartlepool have relieved John Askey of his duties, replacing him with former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips. After a wretched start to January saw Pools eliminated by Hampton & Richmond in the FA Trophy, Phillips has overseen two wins in his first three games as boss; wins over York and an impressive away win at Bromley an impressive response after defeat at home to Kidderminster to start his reign.

Key to their resurgence in form has been striker Mani Dieseruvwe’s return to the side. After missing most of December and the start of January with injury, the striker has scored three goals in Pools’ last two games to take his total up to 16 in 25 games; only three players have more goals this season.

Hartlepool have also been extremely busy in the transfer market, with a particular emphasis on ex-Grimsby players as Otis Khan and former Mariners captain Luke Waterfall have joined a long list of arrivals as Pools aim to make an unlikely push for the playoffs. They currently sit 11th, seven points off the top seven having accumulated 40 points from their 32 games, seven points ahead of the Cards having played a game more than their hosts on Saturday.

Last Time Out

Ricky Korboa’s second half double claimed all three points in a 2-0 win at Victoria Park in September, with Woking the first team to defeat Pools at home in the 2023/24 season.

Previously, the sides had last met twice in the COVID affected 2020/21 season where Pools would ultimately go up via the playoffs. Rhys Oates’ goal gave them all three points at Victoria Park, but arguably Woking’s best performance that season saw 700 socially distanced fans given a 3-0 win to celebrate in December 2020 courtesy of Matt Jarvis, Jack Cook and Slavi Spasov.

Around the Ground
Ticket pricing and other details are available here.

Season Ticket Holders can bring a friend to this fixture, details are available here.

Gates open at 15:30, with Happy Hour running in Cardinals Bar until kick-off of the Six Nations rugby match between England and Wales.

Bucket Collection
We would like to alert fans that there will be a charity bucket collection this Saturday at the Hartlepool game to support the invaluable work of Citizens Advice Woking. CAW has provided a vital service to Woking residents for nearly 80 years and last year alone supported 7000 clients, 10% of the adult population of Woking, with confidential advice and support. Demand for CAW services is increasing all the time through the cost-of-living crisis but sadly, at this critical time, Woking Borough Council have stopped their community grant which presents real challenges for CAW to continue to offer its services.

We would ask fans to support CAW as generously as they feel able to help ensure that services continue to be available for the vulnerable on a free and independent basis. You can help in several ways

• Buckets collectors will be present at the game to take cash donations – please come prepared to give if you are able.
• There will be leaflets at the game showing how you can contribute online
• Alternatively, donations can be given through the CAW website https://www.wokingcab.org/ - its very simple and convenient

Match Report | Cards deal late blow to Pools in front of the cameras

William Bewsey
7:25pm, Sat 10th Feb 2024
Woking 1-1 Hartlepool United
‘Vanarama National League’
‘10th February 2024’

Woking hosted Hartlepool United in front of the TNT Sports cameras with both sides looking to climb up the table. There was just one change made by either manager from victories last Tuesday in the Cards’ case and last Saturday in Kevin Phillips’ case, with Rohan Ince in for Tunji Akinola, who missed out on the squad entirely after accumulating too many yellow cards.

The away side kicked off the game towards the KRE, but a quick start for the Cards saw a half chance for Ricky Korboa at the back post just go wide after fantastic link up between Jayden Luker and Curtis Edwards, with not even two minutes played.

However, just seven minutes in, a great Hartlepool move saw Callum Cooke pick out David Ferguson, whose low cross was well flicked into the bottom corner by Joe Grey. After a spell of no chances, a superb Hartlepool counter attack on 25 minutes saw Grey with a golden chance to make it two, but a superb low save from Alexis Andre Jr denied him.

With the game starting to liven up, great work down the left hand side from Ince to retrieve the ball and feed Walker saw the striker just fire wide on his left foot. Then came a puzzling moment in the 33rd minute of the game, when Tom Crawford’s header appeared to have been given as a goal by the referee. With Pools celebrating, he instead pointed for a free kick to Woking for a foul on Andre Jr.

After Luker weaved his way through a number of defenders down the left hand side, the ball fell to Dennon Lewis, whose shot was straight at Joel Dixon as the Cards looked to up the tempo. Then, a corner from Edwards on the stroke of half time was nearly met by Scott Cuthbert and would surely have resulted in a goal were it not for some brilliant Pools defending.

Half time saw Woking deservedly a goal down, but still in the game and showing signs of encouragement.

Half-time: Woking 0-1 Hartlepool United

After another spell of nothing happening in the final third for either side, Woking created an opportunity after 61 minutes, when Edwards’ header from Luker’s cross just went wide of the far post.

Despite having the majority of possession in the second half, Woking’s attacking output was extremely limited, once again being unable to break down a low Hartlepool block as all Dixon in goal had to do was gather the ball out of his goal, until one minute into injury time.

A corner for the Cards wasn’t cleared, and Edwards’ ball in was scrambled home eventually at the back post by Walker, sparking scenes in the KRE as he thundered home via the bar.

A point was a result many inside the Laithwaite couldn't see coming with the game nearing an end, but a welcome one for the Cards in the circumstances. They travel to the Shay to play FC Halifax town next Saturday.

Woking: Alexis Andre Jr, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Lewis Walker, Dennon Lewis (Oyeleke 58’), Rohan Ince (Kendall 79’), Curtis Edwards, Ricky Korboa (Osew 74’), Dion Kelly-Evans, Jayden Luker, Max Dyche

Unused subs: Moss, Anderson

Goals: Walker 90+1’

Bookings: Walker 7’

Hartlepool United Joel Dixon, Luke Hendrie, Luke Waterfall, Tom Parkes, David Ferguson, Nicky Featherstone, Tom Crawford, Courtney Senior (Dickenson 68’), Joe Grey, Mani Dieseruvwe

Unused subs: Jameson, Onarise, Burton, Wallace

Bookings: Dickenson 74’

Goals: Grey 7’

Attendance: 2538

Man of the Match: Scott Cuthbert
1Alexis Andre Jr.
27Dion Kelly-Evans
3Josh Casey
4Scott Cuthbert
35Max Dyche
24Rohan Ince ('78)
32Curtis Edwards
31Jayden Luker
7Ricky Korboa ('74)
11Dennon Lewis ('59)
10Lewis Walker
2Dan Moss
18Manny Oyeleke ('59)
23Jermaine Anderson
37Paul Osew ('74)
33Charley Kendall ('78)
Hartlepool United LINEUP
1Joel Dixon
27Luke Hendrie
3David Ferguson
29Tom Parkes
42Luke Waterfall
22Tom Crawford
35Nicky Featherstone
10Callum Cooke
39Courtney Senior ('68)
12Joe Grey
20Emmanuel Dieseruvwe
13Pete Jameson
18Kieran Burton
23Manny Onariase
6Kieran Wallace
38Brennan Dickenson ('68)

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