We preview tonight’s Sky Bet League Two encounter against AFC Wimbledon at Victoria Park (7.45pm kick-off).
Hartlepool United v AFC Wimbledon
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 22nd October 2013, 7.45pm
Pools play their second consecutive home game and look to stretch their winning run to five games when they host AFC Wimbledon at The Vic this evening.
When Wimbledon FC was relocated to MK Dons in 2002, a phoenix club known as AFC Wimbledon was set-up as a direct result.
They began life in the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League down in the ninth tier of English football – though they were soon moving upwards at frightening pace.
They achieved promotion a staggering five times in nine seasons and realised their dream of making it in to the Football League in 2011 when they beat Luton Town on penalties in the Conference Play-Off Final.
In their first season in League Two – which coincided with their tenth anniversary – The Dons finished 16th in the table, before having to wait until the last day to secure survival last term.
Boss Neal Ardley has been able to freshen up his squad during the summer months and fans will be hoping for a much less stressful finish to the campaign this time around.
Tonight represents the first-ever meeting between the two clubs having never previously been in the same division since The Dons’ formation in 2002.
AFC Wimbledon are the only club in League Two whom Pools have never before met in competitive action.
In August we played Fleetwood Town for the first time in a league game, while we’ll also chalk off that statistic for Burton Albion and Morecambe later this term having previously played all three in cup competitions.
Jack Compton is ruled out of tonight’s game as he begins a three-game ban, while The Dons hope to have Barry Fuller available despite being forced off with a head injury at the weekend.
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Former Pools star Mark Tinkler will join the live commentary team on Pools Player tonight and you’ll be able to listen online from 7.35pm.
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Pools have been installed as 11/10 favourites for three points this evening, with AFC Wimbledon out at 12/5 and the draw available at odds of 12/5 with Sky Bet.