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Preview: Cheltenham Town v Pools

28 April 2017

We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's visit to Cheltenham Town.

Cheltenham Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 29th April 2017
Kick-Off: 3pm

In Opposition
Cheltenham Town go in to Saturday’s showdown with Pools knowing that a point will see them secure their status in League Two.

However, if Pools were to go there and win it would pile the pressure on the Gloucestershire outfit who would then potentially need a result at already-promoted Portsmouth on the final day.

The Robins have won just twice in their last ten outings in the league, a run which has seen them drift a little closer to the relegation trapdoor than they had hoped at the end of February.

Boss Gary Johnson underwent heart surgery in March and doctors have ruled against him being in attendance at Saturday’s game so Assistant Manager Russell Milton will continue in charge.

Star Man
Harry Pell has emerged as a key figure for Cheltenham Town since arriving on a free transfer from AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2015.

The 6ft 4ins midfielder has chipped in with an important nine goals in all competitions and will be hoping to add to that tally as Town attempt to scramble to survival.

Pell has missed only four league games all season, all through suspension – the whole-hearted performer has amassed 14 yellow cards in the league and been sent-off once.

Last Meeting
Pools 2 (Alessandra 45, Bates 79)
Cheltenham Town 0
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 12th November 2016

Pools: Carson (Bartlett 37), Donnelly (Harrison 88), Bates, Nsiala, Carroll, Featherstone, Deverdics (Woods 82), Hawkins, Laurent, Alessandra, Amond.
Subs not used: Richards, Paynter, Oates, Orrell.

Cheltenham Town: Griffiths, Downes, Parslow, Cranston, O’Shaughnessy, Dickie, Pell, Munns (Holman 58), Dayton (Arthur 87), Waters (Morgan-Smith 80), Wright.
Subs not used: Kitscha, Barthram, Lymn, Whitehead.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the 19th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Town have the edge having won eight in comparison to Pools’ five triumphs.

Pools have actually won the last three encounters without conceding a goal, though all three of those games have been on home soil.

Away from home it’s been a little trickier – you have to go back to January 2001 for Pools’ last win at Whaddon Road, a 2-1 success thanks to goals from Kevin Henderson and James Sharp.

Referee
It will be Ben Toner’s sixth Pools fixture this weekend when he is the referee for our trip to face Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.

His most recent Pools appointment came in February when he presided over our 2-1 defeat to Colchester United at The Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Prior to that, he was also oversaw our 3-3 draw at Crewe Alexandra in August as well as our FA Cup win over East Thurrock United back in 2014/15.

Live Commentary
Pools PlayerHD will once again be providing full live online commentary of Saturday’s game at Cheltenham Town from 2.50pm.

Fans all over the world can access the live broadcast so if you can’t get along to the game then make sure to join the lads on Pools PlayerHD to keep up to date.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for the game on the day at Whaddon Road either from the cash-only turnstiles or from The Robins’ Ticket Office if you want to pay by card.

Click here now for full ticket details on this fixture.

Betting
Cheltenham are listed as 21/20 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Pools priced at 13/5 and the draw available at odds of 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

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Match Reports

Bates Proud Of Players' Effort

29 April 2017

Caretaker Manager Matthew Bates was proud of the effort shown by his players in today’s match at Cheltenham Town.

Bates watched on as his side battled to the very end without reward in the game that ended 1-0 to the hosts. 

“Proud is the word,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD afterwards.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t get a result but if you look at the game, we had more territorial advantage than them, more of the ball. I know a lot of it was in the air but that’s how we wanted them to play because of the state of the pitch. 

“I think the lads have shown today that they are not unfit, they were running until the last seconds to try and get something. 

“We had a good week working on what we wanted to do today and everything we asked of them, they did today and on another day, we come away with at least a point from there. It says a lot when the keeper gets man of the match. 

“But we’ll move on for next week, I said to them that I am more confident after that than I was before the game that we’ll get a result against Doncaster.”

And Bates had praise for the travelling Pools fans, with over 700 Poolies making the long journey to back the team.

“They’ve come down in their numbers and they were fantastic for the lads. 

“For how disappointed they must be with how the season has gone, for them to stay behind and do that tells the lads everything. You can’t kid Hartlepool fans and they know how much the lads gave today.”

See the full interview with Matthew Bates on Pools PlayerHD soon. 

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Ticket News

Cheltenham Tickets Available On The Day

27 April 2017

Here's all the ticket information for Saturday's League Two trip to Whaddon Road.

Pools fans will be able to get tickets on the day of the game from the cash turnstiles at Cheltenham Town or from Town’s Ticket Office if you would prefer to pay by card.

Prices
Adults - £21
Seniors (65 and over) - £15
Juniors (18 and under) - £7
Students - £7

Ambulant disabled tickets are sold as per the relevant category and a free carer ticket will be provided for those in receipt of middle or higher rate DLA.

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