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Preview: Pools v Blyth Spartans

5 December 2014

We turn all of our attention to this evening's FA Cup tie with a full, in-depth preview of the game against Blyth Spartans at Victoria Park.

FA Cup Round Two
Hartlepool United v Blyth Spartans
Friday 5th December 2014
Kick-off: 7.55pm


In Opposition
Blyth Spartans will make their first trip to Victoria Park in over fifty years this evening when the Northumberland outfit join us for Round Two of the FA Cup.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side are a currently 19th in the table but their good run in the FA Cup has meant they’ve fallen behind on their league schedule and have up to six games in hand on some of their rivals.

Tom Wade’s men have been in good form in recent weeks too, having won their last three games in all competitions since their disappointing FA Trophy replay defeat at Halesowen just over a fortnight ago.

The Spartans kicked-off their FA Cup campaign by beating Darlington in the First Qualifying Round and since then they’ve also beaten Mickleover, Skelmersdale, Leek Town and Altrincham.

Click here now for more information on the visitors in our A to Z of Blyth Spartans.

Last Meeting
Saturday 4th November 1961
Hartlepools United 5 (Folland 3, Johnson, Parkes)
Blyth Spartans 1

Hartlepool United: Wilkinson, Lackenby, Bilcliff, Hinchcliffe, Wilkie, Cain, McLean, Johnson, Folland, Parkes, Godbold.

Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be the fifteenth time that the two sides have met in competitive action – the last six occasions have been in the FA Cup while there were eight meeting before that in the North Eastern League.

Pools have won the last two fixtures between the teams in 1961 and 1956, though Spartans won the one before that in 1925 in a tie which took three replays to decide.

Form Guide
Pools: LDWLLL
Blyth: LDLWWW

Team News
Pools are without Matty Dolan, Scott Fenwick and Joe Ironside who are all cup-tied, while Tommy Miller is struggling with a calf problem.

Click here now for more team news from both camps ahead of the game.

Referee
Andy Madley will takes charge of his second Pools game of the season when we host Blyth Spartans at The Vic tonight.

It will be the sixth time in total that the West Yorkshire official has overseen us in action having previously been the man in the middle for our game at Accrington at the start of last month and at Wycombe Wanderers in March.

Tickets
Tickets for the game are on sale now from the Victoria Park Ticket Office and will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.

Click here now for all the information you need on buying tickets for this fixture.

Live Commentary
Brian Honour will be back on the Pools Player commentary team for full live online coverage from 7.45pm on Friday so if you can’t get along to the game then let us bring all the action to you.

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Betting
Pools are 1/2 favourites to win the game, with Blyth rated 5/1 outsiders and the bookies offering odds of 100/30 on the tie going to a replay.

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