We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Sutton United’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Sutton United
Saturday 27th October, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
Sutton United emerged as one of the dark horses for promotion last term with their remarkable run of form seeing them eventually finish third in the National League table.
However, they fell short of a Wembley final when they were beaten by Boreham Wood in the semi-final though the defeat has done little to curtail the massive progress made at Gander Green Lane in recent years.
Under Paul Doswell – who has now been at the helm for more than a decade – The U’s won the Ryman’s League title in 2010/11 before graduating to be National League North champions in 2016.
The upward curve hasn’t ended there and, after just one season to find their feet and consolidate in the fifth tier, Sutton were up there fighting it out for a place in the EFL last term.
Few would bet against them having a big say this time around too, with their powerful brand of often quite direct football proving a handful for many in the National League.
Craig Eastmond has been showing his class in the Sutton midfield once again this season and has already got forward to score four goals in 14 National League starts.
The former Arsenal youngster is a key player for The U’s, is good on the ball, can set up attacks and is a real threat in the final third so he will need to be kept under wraps on Saturday.
Eastmond was injured during Sutton’s 1-1 draw at The Vic last term so he will hope to make better memories in his latest trip to Hartlepool.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the third competitive meeting between the two clubs – the first two games ended in 1-1 draws last season.
Josh Hawkes cancelled out Ross Lafayette’s opener when Pools travelled to Gander Green Lane in April, while Tommy Wright scored late for The U’s on their first visit to The Vic last October after Rhys Oates had scored the opener.
Saturday 14th April 2014
Sutton United 1 (Lafayette 9) Pools 1 (Hawkes 26)
Sutton United: Butler, Thomas, Beckwith, Thomas, Davis (Cadogan 69), Eastmond, Bailey, Beautyman, Lafayette, Wright (Steam 69), Harrison (Taylor 82).
Subs not used: John, Dundas.
Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, Donaldson (Oates 58), Woods (Harrison 89), Hawkes (Rodney 75), Hawkins, Newton, Cassidy.
Subs not used: Catterick, Munns.
Andrew Miller will return to The Super 6 Stadium for the first time since pre-season when he takes charge of this weekend’s game against Sutton United.
The official has overseen three Pools game in the past – our 2-2 draw at Gateshead on Boxing Day when he sent-off Blair Adams, the 1-0 home win over Leyton Orient in April when Devante Rodney saw red and out 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers last October.
His most recent National League appointment came a couple of weeks ago when he was on the whistle for Harrogate Town’s 2-2 draw with Dover Athletic at The CNG Stadium.
Mark Simpson will be on-air from The Super 6 Stadium press box on Saturday afternoon to provide live online commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the world.
Our live broadcast will begin at 2.50pm when we will set the scene from The Super 6 Stadium and then guide you through every step of the action as it unfolds.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 10am until kick-off on Saturday.
We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.
The bookies have made Pools 6/4 favourites for a win this weekend though Sutton United are only just behind at 7/4 and the draw is priced at 11/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.