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Preview: Stevenage v Pools

21 August 2015

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full preview of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two trip to The Lamex Stadium.

Stevenage v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Kick-off: 3pm

The Story So Far
Stevenage hit the headlines during the summer when they handed Teddy Sheringham his first job in management as the former England star arrived at The Lamex Stadium to succeed Graham Westley.

Sheringham has overseen a change in style for the Hertfordshire outfit but has this week claimed he’s set to ditch his “Mr Nice Guy” approach after a winless start to the new campaign.

After defeat to Notts County on the opening day and a Capital One Cup exit at Ipswich Town, Stevenage had hoped that a last-ditch point gained at Newport County could set them on their way.

However, a battling performance at Leyton Orient in midweek was undone in the closing stages when Sheringham’s men conceded all the goals in a 3-0 reverse in the final sixteen minutes.

One To Watch
Young front man Dipo Akinyemi has wasted no time impressing the Stevenage faithful after penning his first professional contract with the club during pre-season.

The 18-year-old made his debut on the opening day and has looked a real handful in attack, scoring his first senior goal in the 2-2 draw at Newport County last weekend.

His confidence is clearly growing with every outing and his strong hold-up play complemented by plenty of pace looks set to cause problems for League Two defences this term.

Last Meeting
Saturday 14th February 2015
Hartlepool United 1 (Fenwick 49)
Stevenage (Martin 38, Kennedy 52, 65)

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Harrison, Mirfin, Compton, Woods, Duckworth, Tshibola, Franks, Harewood (Fenwick 46), Morgan (J Jones 75).
Subs not used: Maxted, D Jones, Walker, Featherstone, Richards.

Stevenage: Day, Dembele, Wells, Bond, Whelpdale, Walton, Parrett (Lee 77), Martin (Andrade 72), Beardsley, Kennedy (D Johnson 89), Deacon.
Subs not used: Beasant, R Johnson, Zola, Pett.

Head To Head
Saturday will be only the eighth competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools haven’t tasted victory in any of the seven previous encounters.

We have drawn with them twice – both games in the 2011/12 campaign ended all-square after Pools drew 2-2 at The Lamex Stadium in August 2011 before a goalless draw at The Vic the following March.

Stevenage did the double over Pools last season and also recorded two league wins when the sides shared a division in 2012/13.

Team News
Pools will be without Harry Worley (ankle) for the game against his former club but new loan signing Andrew Boyce will go straight in to the squad for the weekend.

Charles Breakspear will this weekend referee only his second-ever Pools game when he takes charge of our trip to The Lamex Stadium.

The official’s only other time on the same pitch as Pools came in the early part of the 2013/14 campaign when he oversaw our 2-2 draw at Bristol Rovers in September 2013.

So far this season he’s refereed three games – his last outing was when he took charge of Wycombe Wanderers’ 2-0 win at Barnet last weekend.

Tickets for the game will be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at The Lamex Stadium.

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Live Commentary
Fans all over the world can listen to live online commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

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Stevenage have been installed as 23/20 favourites for the three points this weekend, while Pools are a 5/2 shot to continue their perfect start according to our partners at Sky Bet.

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