Match preview: Pools finally head back to the Shay Stadium

The final game of the trilogy between Hartlepool United and Halifax Town will finally be played out tomorrow night. Pools are looking to make it five wins from five.

This is a rearranged fixture between the two sides as the game was postponed on January 2nd due to a frozen pitch. The first game between the two sides, Pools were defeated on penalties by The Shaymen in the FA Trophy but redeemed themselves with a 3-1 win at The Vic on Boxing Day.

In the FA Trophy, an entertaining game for the neutrals saw Halifax take a two-goal lead in 15 minutes. Pools had to fight back twice to take the game from penalties but a miss from Donaldson and Holohan settled the tie.

One week later, Johnson, Oates and Armstrong gave Pools a 3-1 victory against the 10 men of Halifax after Bell was sent off after 70 minutes.

Since Boxing Day, Halifax enjoyed a 3-2 victory over Altrincham thanks to goals from Summerfield, Chadwick and Woods and a 1-1 draw at King’s Lynn climbing the Shaymen up to 6th in the National League.

This will be the 132nd meeting between the two sides with Pools winning 51, drawing 22 and losing 58. Due to last seasons early cut off, only the one fixture was played which resulted in a 2-0 defeat at the very beginning of the season in August 2019.

18 new signings came through the doors of the Shay Stadium during the summer.

HOW TO WATCH

Halifax Town will be providing a live stream that can be found here:

https://bit.ly/3pzIe7Y

Halifax will not allow Pools to go live on Mixlr for match commentary this weekend.