We preview Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against York City at Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).
Hartlepool United v York City
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 25th January 2014
York City is a familiar name when it comes to opposition for Pools with Saturday’s game the 109th time the two sides have met in competitive action.
This is The Minstermen’s second season back in the Football League after they were promoted in 2012 following their Conference Play-Off Final win over Luton Town.
Nigel Worthington came in last March to steady the ship and guided City to League Two safety – though it was only secured with a final day win at Dagenham & Redbridge.
They stuttered towards the end of 2013 when they failed to win any of their games during November and December, drawing eight from eleven of their outings in all competitions.
2014 has heralded new optimism though and they arrive at The Vic this weekend high on confidence after winning three of their last four games since the turn of the year.
The last time the two teams met was in a game more memorable for Pools’ terrific away support than most of the action on the pitch.
Incredibly, the 0-0 draw at Bootham Crescent in August was the third time in succession that the sides have played out goalless draws.
Pools looked the more likely winners that rainy day in York at the start of the campaign, but will be hoping to show even more cutting edge this weekend.
Head To Head
New loan signings Jack Barmby and Luke Williams both go straight in to the squad for Saturday’s game but there is no place for Jordan Richards who begins a suspension.
Tickets are cheaper if bought in advance from the Victoria Park Ticket Office but return to full price on the day of the game and will also be available on the turnstiles.
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Pools are 5/4 favourites for the points on Saturday, with City rated a 2/1 shot and the draw priced at 5/2 with Sky Bet right now.