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30 December 2023 Venue Boundary Park Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Pools travel to Oldham

29 December 2023

After spending Boxing Day at the Suit Direct Stadium, Hartlepool United travel to Oldham Athletic on Saturday for their final fixture of 2023 (3pm kick-off).

The Lowdown

Pools are currently 16th in the table, eight points behind Saturday's hosts. A drop in form has seen John Askey's men slide down the National League. Anthony Mancini's return to the side is sure to be a boost, with the Frenchman one of several key players to have long-term injuries this season.

Oldham are just three points off the play-offs, though they'll be without Alex Reid after his recent suspension. Former Fleetwood and Tranemere manager, Micky Mellon, has former Poolies on his books with Mark Kitching, Mark Shelton and Mike Fondop.

The History

This weekend's fixture is the 72nd between the sides, with Pools winning 22, 15 matches ending in a draw, and Oldham notching 34 victories. 

Before this season, the last two meetings finished in goalless draws. Pools' last victory came away from home on Boxing Day in 2011 through James Poole's early strike.

Team News

Mani Dieseruvwe is expected to miss at least a month of action after coming off with an injury at Wealdstone. Zak Johnson also remains unavailable, along with Charlie Seaman, Alex Lacey and Dan Dodds.

Tom Crawford and Luke Hendrie have shown good progress in training, and the pair could be in line to make a return in the coming weeks.

Anthony Mancini returned from his fourth-month hamstring injury on Boxing Day, playing 20 minutes as a substitute.

How to Follow

Tickets can still be purchased for this fixture - click here to buy online.

If you're not travelling to Oldham, you can follow the action via National League TV here. Match passes cost £9.50 and grant you access to all streamed fixtures on the given day. Saturday's game is available both domestically and internationally.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Pools end 2023 in defeat

30 December 2023

Oldham Athletic claimed a 2-0 home victory over Pools, on the back of a 3-1 win on Boxing Day.

John Askey switched to a 4-3-3 system at Boundary Park, making one change in personnel as Louis Stephenson made his first senior start at right-back. 
Oldham’s opener came on three minutes. Josh Stones, who scored two in the return fixture, beat the offside trap to latch onto Mark Kitching’s ball and slot home. 
Pools were unlucky not to equalise on the half-hour mark, as Callum Cooke forced a save from the trailing leg of Matthew Hudson. Seconds later, Mitch Hancox’s cross was headed across the face of goal by Josh Umerah. 
Towards the end of the first half, Umerah was tripped on the edge of the box. Cooke’s effort, however, was safely caught by Hudson. 
James Norwood nearly doubled Oldham's lead after half-time, but the striker's first effort was blocked off the line before the second fell wide.
The introduction of Anthony Mancini on the hour mark inspired Pools to push forward. The midfielder twice tested Hudson, from very different distances, but neither found the net.
Umerah was forced off the pitch on 78 minutes after a knee injury. Pools' number nine shaped up to take a strike, but as it flew wide the striker went down injured.
With five minutes to go, Mike Fondop made it two for Oldham. The former Hartlepool man converted a header from Mark Kitching's corner to seal the result for Micky Mellon's side.
Pools: Dixon, Stephenson, Onariase, Brennan, Ferguson, Featherstone, Hancox, Cooke (Mancini 60), Hastie, Umerah (Paterson 78), Grey
Subs (not used), Jameson, Burton, Wallace
Oldham Athletic goals: Stones (3), Fondop (85)

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