Hartlepool United captain Ryan Donaldson pleased with the 'threat' the side pose after improved run in front of goal

Captain Ryan Donaldson is pleased that Hartlepool United have posed more of a threat in front of goal in recent matches.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 4:45 pm
Ryan Donaldson of Hartlepool United during the Vanarama National League match between Ebbsfleet United and Hartlepool United at The Cufflink Stadium, Northfleet on Saturday 16th November 2019. (Credit: Leila Coker | MI News)

Pools have averaged two goals a game over the last seven matches which includes 3-0 and 4-1 wins over Aldershot and Yeovil Town respectively.

Luke James, Gavan Holohan and Nicke Kabamba have all been in fine form in front of goal in particular with the trio accounting for 12 of the side’s last 15 goals in all competitions. Top scorer Gime Toure, Josh Hawkes and Donaldson himself account for the other three goals and the United skipper is pleased that confidence is high in the final third.

“We’ve looked a threat, we’ve started putting chances away and got players who are in good form,” he said.

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“Jamo, Gav, Nicke have done well, Gime’s coming back, Niko’s on the bench and Luke Williams has been back so we’ve got goals in the team and hopefully they keep coming.”

Despite the goals flowing regularly at the moment, Donaldson feels the team still need to be more ruthless after avoidably dropping points in recent weeks.

“We just need one of those games where everyone is on it and lots of people score and we put a team to the sword,” he added.

“We want to win regardless but a big win would give everyone confidence and make everyone happy.

“Teams will start to respect that and make it harder for us we’ll have to find different ways to score goals so we’re looking to the challenge this week and trying to get a few more.”

Hartlepool United make the 700-mile round trip to St. James Park for their FA Cup second round match at Exeter City on Sunday 1 December (2pm kick-off).


The ticket details for the match have been revealed with Pools getting an allocation of 1,350 which includes 1,000 standing terrace tickets and 350 seated.

Tickets will be available to buy from Victoria Park and the Hartlepool United website from early next week. Exeter will also be selling tickets prior to kick-off on the day of the game from their away ticket booth.

Seating prices are available from £5 for under-18s, £15 for concessions (students and over 65s) and £20 for adults. Terrace tickets are £5 cheaper with the exception of under-18s tickets which remain at £5.

Pools’ fans have already clocked in more miles than any others in the competition so far with just shy of 1,400 miles covered and that figure will surpass 2,000 by next Sunday evening.