We preview Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium (3pm kick-off).
Fleetwood Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 18th January 2014
Originally formed in the same year as Pools in 1908, Fleetwood Town re-formed in 1997 and have enjoyed a rapid rise up the footballing pyramid since then.
They turned professional in 2010/11 and then won the Conference and their place in the Football League the following year before producing a solid first season in League Two.
Graham Alexander has been given the go-ahead to put his own stamp on The Cod Army squad during the summer and has strengthened further with a couple of loan additions recently.
It’s no secret that the ambitious Lancashire outfit are gunning for promotion and they’re currently sixth in the table, just six points behind leaders Scunthorpe United.
Pools were unfortunate in the extreme to come away from the last meeting between the sides empty-handed as Town left The Vic celebrating a 1-0 win in August.
Colin Cooper’s men had enjoyed plenty of good possession in the final third but could not convert that in to goals and were made to pay when Jeff Hughes scored the only goal of the game just after the quarter-hour mark.
Prior to then, the teams had only ever met once before in competitive action – in a 3-2 FA Cup win for Danny Wilson’s Pools at a foggy Highbury back in November 2008 when Michael Mackay (2) and Joel Porter scored the goals.
Head To Head
New signing Marlon Harewood will come in to contention to make his Pools debut at the weekend, but Michael Duckworth is sidelined following double hernia surgery.
Tickets are on sale from the Victoria Park Ticket Office until 3pm on Friday, after which they will only be available on the day of the game at Fleetwood.
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Fleetwood Town are 10/11 favourites for three points this weekend, with Pools rated a 13/5 shot to come home with a victory from Highbury Stadium.