We turn the focus on Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth preview of our FA Cup Second Round replay against Salford City.
Hartlepool United v Salford City
Emirates FA Cup Second Round Replay
Tuesday 15th December 2015
The Story So Far
Salford City have not been in action since the original tie as their scheduled weekend home game against Whitby Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
That allowed Blyth Spartans to increase their lead at the top of the table and they’re now eight points clear of third-placed Salford who still have two games in hand.
City’s away form has been eye-catching to say the least, not just this term but stretching back in to last, so Pools will have to be on their guard during the replay at The Vic.
The Ammies have won nine out of ten league outings on the road this season and will hope to carry that form on the road up the A19 to Hartlepool on Tuesday.
One To Watch
A combative but skilled midfielder, Scott Burton left his impression on the first tie with a string of full-blooded challenges as he epitomised the spirit in the City ranks.
One of many in the City squad who followed managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley from previous club Ramsbottom United, Burton adds steel and substance to the engine room.
Friday 4th December 2015
Salford City 1 (O’Halloran 23)
Hartlepool United 1 (Oates pen 8)
Salford City: J Lynch, C Lynch, O’Halloran, Howson, Dawson, Stopforth, Burton, Webber (Hulme 79), Allen (Mwasile 85), Poole, Hardcastle.
Subs not used: Dootson, Giverin, Moses, Kebbie, Sharp.
Hartlepool United: Carson, Magnay, Carroll, Bates, Jackson, Featherstone, Duckworth, Gray, Oates (Walker 87), Fenwick, Mandron (Bingham 55).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Harrison, Jones, Nearney, Smith.
Head To Head
The original tie at Moor Lane was the first time the two sides had ever met in competitive action.
Ronnie Moore will once again be without Kal Naismith because the on-loan winger is cup-tied after playing for parent club Portsmouth in the First Round of the competition.
Jeremy Simpson will take charge of his fourth Pools game on Tuesday evening when he’s the man in the middle for our cup replay with Salford.
The last time he was on the whistle for a Pools fixture was when we drew 1-1 at Accrington in April, while he was also the referee for our 2-0 win over Shrewsbury last September and the 3-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers last November.
Tickets for Tuesday night’s game have been slashed in price and are available from the Ticket Office now or on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.
Pools fans all over the world can listen to live commentary of Tuesday’s game in the company of legend Brian Honour on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm.
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If the game is level after ninety minutes then extra time of fifteen minutes each way will be played – if the sides still cannot be separated then the tie will be decided on a penalty shootout.
Pools have been installed as 8/15 favourites to win inside ninety minutes with Salford rated a 5/1 shot for the win and a price of 16/5 is available on it going in to extra time.