We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' visit to The Deva Stadium.
Chester v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The Deva Stadium
Chester’s disappointing home defeat to Gateshead at the weekend saw them remain inside the bottom four of the National League table.
Marcus Bignot is keen to strengthen his squad in the coming weeks if finances allow in a bid to improve the form which has seen them win just two of their last fourteen league games.
The Chester chief has admitted his side face “16 cup finals” in their bid to escape the relegation zone and could opt to make changes for Pools’ visit to The Deva Stadium tonight.
Chester fans will be hoping top scorer Ross Hannah can shake off the injury which kept him sidelined for the weekend’s defeat to Gateshead.
The front man has hit the net six times so far this season, including their last league goal in the 1-0 win over Solihull Moors three weeks ago.
If he proves his fitness in time for Saturday then Pools will need to keep a close eye on the 31-year-old who has scored goals wherever he’s gone during his career.
Head To Head
Having reformed in 2010 this weekend’s game is technically only the second between the two clubs following the 1-1 draw at Victoria Park in August.
However, there had been 101 previous meetings between Pools and Chester City, with the Blues enjoying 44 victories in comparison to Pools’ 34.
There hasn’t been a home victory in this fixture in the last six encounters – the last arriving in December 1998 when Stuart Brightwell’s ‘golden goal’ saw Pools through 2-1 in the FL Trophy.
Our most recent visit to the Deva Stadium saw us beaten 2-1 in October 2006 on a night when Jon Daly saw red for an alleged elbow on City defender Dave Artell – it was later rescinded on appeal.
Joe Hull will take charge of his second Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for today’s game against Wrexham.
In his first season on the National League list of referees, Hull last oversaw a Pools game at the start of September when Michael Woods scored a dramatic late winner against Barrow here at The Vic.
His most recent appointment came at AFC Fylde last weekend when he presided over their 2-1 National League win against Guiseley.
Former Pools star Billy Paynter will be alongside Mark Simpson to provide live commentary of Tuesday’s game against Chester on Pools PlayerHD.
So if you can’t make it to the Deva Stadium then make sure you log-on to hear Paynter’s thoughts on the action as it progresses on Tuesday.
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday.