We look ahead to this weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Aldershot Town's visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Aldershot Town
Vanarama National League
Saturday 18th November 2017, 3pm
Aldershot Town have bounced back in solid fashion after finishing 5th in the National League last term only to fall at the play-off semi-final hurdle to Tranmere Rovers.
Gary Waddock’s side are certainly easy on the eye this term too; they’ve scored 31 goals which is more than any other team in the division but they’re also up there with the leakiest defence as well.
The Shots have tasted defeat in three of their last four away games but they have found the net at least once in all but one of their last eleven games so they certainly need to be taken seriously.
They currently sit in the final play-off berth in the table but, such is the tight nature of the division, Pools can leapfrog their visitors with a win at The Vic this weekend.
One To Watch
Experienced front man Scott Rendell is one player Pools will need to keep a close eye on when Aldershot Town visit The Vic this weekend.
He hit the net an impressive 49 times in 83 appearances for Woking before joining The Shots last June and he brings EFL experience with the likes of Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United.
Rendell has scored three goals for Town this term but remains a real threat so Craig Harrison will know he will need monitoring closely on Saturday.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 57th competitive meeting between the two sides but the first since December 2004 when Pools ran out 5-1 winners in the FA Cup at Victoria Park.
Pools have a good record against The Shots having won on the last four occasions the teams have met and you have to look back to 1989 for Town’s last victory in the fixture – though that was a 6-1 thrashing at the Recreation Ground.
Entertainment is usually guaranteed with the sides producing 22 goals in their last five encounters – there’s also never been a goalless draw between them.
Matthew Donohue will be on the whistle for this weekend’s game as he takes charge of his second Pools match for the visit of Aldershot Town.
He was last in the middle for a Pools fixture when Craig Harrison’s men won 2-1 in dramatic fashion at Solihull Moors at the start of October.
Still in his first season on the National League list of referees, Donohue has overseen six fixtures this term with his most recent appointment coming at Tranmere Rovers for their 4-2 win over FC Halifax Town last month.
Pools legend Brian Honour is back behind the mic this weekend when he joins Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live online commentary of the game.
The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm to set the scene and then guide you through all the action as it unfolds as Craig Harrison’s men welcome Aldershot.
Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office - and we've slashed prices to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
Fans will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or from our two Matchday Ticket Offices.
There will be no cash turnstiles for Pools fans but we have introduced a method by which supporters can buy tickets on their cards directly at the gate.