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Match Preview: Pools at Halifax

24 October 2023

Hartlepool United travel to Halifax Town on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) as they look to put Saturday's frustrating defeat behind them.

The Lowdown

Pools come into the game on the back of a frustrating defeat, having conceded twice in two minutes to lose away to Aldershot Town last time out. They've won just two in nine, with John Askey looking for a response to recent results.

Halifax are seventh in the National League, replacing Pools in the final play-off place after the weekend's results. Led by Chris Millington, the Shay side features Rob Harker, a former Pools loanee, and top scorer this season Millenic Alli.

Mani Dieseruvwe left Halifax to join Pools in the summer, after bagging 13 goals last season.

The History

Inlcuding Halifax's previous guise, the sides have met 132 times in the past - with Pools winning 51 times and Halifax triumphant on 58 occasions. They last met in March 2021 when they drew 1-1. Pools are unbeaten in their last three matches against the Shaymen.

Team News

New signing Joe Mattock is available for Pools after recently joining on loan from Harrogate Town. Zak Johnson left the action early on Saturday, and a late call will be made on his availability. Callum Cooke is training again, but the fixture at Halifax will come too early for him. Kieran Wallace, Antony Mancini and Dan Dodds remain injured.

How to Follow

Tickets are only available on the gate ahead of Tuesday night, and it is cash-only at the Shay. Admission is priced at:

Adults: £21 (£15 upon presentation of an EFL/Premier League season ticket)

Concessions: £18

Ages 17-12: £9

Under 12: £4

If you're not travelling to Halifax, 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.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Pools lose at the Shay

24 October 2023

Hartlepool United fought to the finish at the Shay but they could not prevent a 2-1 defeat at Halifax Town.

Max Wright gave the hosts a 34th minute lead with a low shot but Mani Dieseruvwe fired home a swift equaliser against his former employers as Pools scored from a corner for the second successive game.

An early Halifax barrage after the interval brought a second home goal from Adam Senior and despite a strong late push by Pools, they could not get past Sam Johnson between the Town sticks.

John Askey made two changes to the side which fell to defeat at Aldershot on Saturday. It was no shock to see new loan signing Joe Mattock come in for an immediate debut following the injury to Zak Johnson. With bags of experience and expertise, the Harrogate Town man linked up with Alex Lacey and Luke Hendrie in defence.

Hendrie’s return to a central position meant Manny Onariase dropped down to the bench with Charlie Seaman handed a return at right wing-back.

Pools settled the quicker and posed an early threat through a great jinking run forward by Grey but his shot did not match the approach work and the ball ended up on the empty terrace behind the home goal.

But it would be the Shaymen who began applying considerable pressure.

There was a fine diving save by Jameson to his left from Milli Alli’s shot after the home forward was given too much freedom to turn and shoot in the area.

Jameson was required twice to keep out low shots from Florent Hoti and Aaron Cosgrave as Town won a series of corners.

And it was following one of those that they took a 34th minute lead when Wright’s low shot squeezed in inside Jameson’s left stick from 15 yards.

Unlike Saturday, when Pools conceded from the re-start, they gave themselves a chance to equalise only to see David Ferguson’s 20-yard free-kick clear Sam Johnson’s crossbar.

But Pools were level in the 39th minute and it came from the main Mani following the first away corner of the evening.

Town could not clear Featherstone’s delivery and Dieseruvwe lashed his shot high into the net for his 10th goal of the season.

Town came flying out of the blocks for the second half and Pools were forced to defend the onslaught desperately with Jameson making three vital saves.

But from the third corner in quick succession the defence finally succumbed with Senior shooting low into the net to deservedly regain the lead for the hosts.

Despite being outplayed for a sustained period, Pools came ogonisingly close to a 65th-minute leveller, only for a breathtaking Johnson save to his left to deny Dieseruvwe his second following a Featherstone free-kick.

Pools began to exert some pressure and after Dieseruvwe headed over from Grey’s cross, sub Josh Umerah was thwarted by Johnson who made a great  near-post save from the sub after good work by Tom Crawford.

Askey sent on Matty Dolan and the sub almost created an equaliser with a superb cross from the left but Lacey headed wide.

Pools kept battling and Johnson again denied Umerah at the end of normal time.

Despite almost nine minutes of added time, Hartlepool could not find a goal and will look to bounce back at home to Rochdale on Saturday.

Pools: Jameson, Hendrie, Seaman (Dolan 78), Lacey (Onariase 87), Mattock, Ferguson, Featherstone, Crawford, Agyemang (Umerah 58), Dieseruvwe, Grey

Subs (not used): Dixon, Paterson

Goals: Dieseruvwe (39)

Halifax goals: Wright 34, Senior 48

Referee: David McNamara

Att: 2,052 (away 271)

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