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Preview: Pools v Exeter City

24 April 2015

We turn our attentions to the weekend as we bring you a full, in-depth preview of Saturday's game against Exeter City at Victoria Park.

Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United v Exeter City
Saturday 25th April 2015
Kick-off: 3pm

In Opposition
Exeter City are still in with a shout of reaching the League Two play-offs this term but know they will probably need to get maximum points in both of their remaining fixtures.

The Grecians were within one point of a top seven place on the back of a good run through March and in to April but three straight defeats have now made their task a little more difficult.

They’re four points off the pace with two to play and must not only win at The Vic and then defeat Dagenham & Redbridge next week, but also hope for favours from elsewhere.

However, whether Paul Tisdale’s men make the play-offs or not they have still enjoyed a very positive campaign and will easily top last year’s 16th place finish whatever happens in the final week.

Last Meeting
Saturday 11th October 2014
Exeter City 1 (Ribeiro 80)
Hartlepool United 2 (Woods 49, Wyke 66)

Exeter City: Pym, Butterfield (Noble 72), Woodman, Bennett, Ribeiro, Oakley, Keohane, Davies, Grimes, Riley-Lowe (Wheeler 61), Cummins (Nicholls 61).
Subs not used: Hamon, Tillson, Jay, Watkins.

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Duckworth, Harrison, Jones, Austin, Bates, Miller, Hawkins (Franks 89), Brobbel, Duckworth, Wyke.
Subs not used: Holden, Atkinson, Walker, Richards, Smith, Green.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 88th competitive meeting between the two teams with Exeter enjoying a dominance historically having won 32 times compared to Pools’ 23 successes.

The last three encounters have gone with the away team, most recently when Pools won 2-1 at St James’ Park in October under the guidance of caretaker boss Sam Collins.

The 2-0 win that The Grecians enjoyed at The Vic last term was their only victory over Pools in the last six games and Pools will hope that good run continues on Saturday.

Form Guide
Pools: WDLLDL
Exeter City: DWWLLL

Team News
Ronnie Moore is waiting on the fitness of central defender David Mirfin, who missed the trip to Luton Town last week with an injured toe. 


Referee
Saturday will be the 22nd time that experienced official Carl Boyeson has taken charge of a Pools game and the third time during the current campaign.

Boyeson was the man on the whistle when we defeated AFC Wimbledon 1-0 at The Vic back in February and he was also a visitor when we hosted Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

You have to go back to April 2003 for the first time Boyeson refereed a Pools outing and that was when Mike Newell’s men drew 2-2 with Kidderminster Harriers on the way to promotion.

Tickets
Pools have once again cut prices for the weekend’s big game and are also encouraging supporters to turn up in something blue to make it a True Blue Saturday at The Vic.

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


Live Commentary
Pools legend Brian Honour will return to the Pools Player commentary on Saturday when we provide fans all over the world with live online coverage of the big game against Exeter.

Click here now to sign-up to Pools Player and access the live coverage wherever you are on the planet.

Betting
Pools have been installed as 11/10 favourites for the three points, with City not far behind at 23/10 and the draw priced at 23/10 also with our partners at Sky Bet.

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