We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full, in-depth preview of our Sky Bet League Two game against Bury at Gigg Lane.
Sky Bet League Two
Bury v Hartlepool United
Saturday 21st February 2015
Only goal difference is keeping this weekend’s opponents Bury out of the play-off positions in League Two; The Shakers are eighth but level on points with seventh-placed Plymouth Argyle.
Their 2-1 victory over Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road drew them closer to the top seven and David Flitcroft’s men are nicely placed to challenge for a return to League One after two seasons.
Bury have recovered from a loss of form which saw them go eight without a win during November and in to December, and just two defeats since the turn of the year have helped keep them in with a shout of reaching the automatic spots.
They’ve been impressive on their own patch for most of the season having only lost three times at Gigg Lane in the league though they have only managed draws in two of the last three on home soil.
Saturday 16th August 2014
Hartlepool United 0
Bury 2 (Nardiello 18, Rose 73)
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Parnaby (Brobbel 72), Austin, Bates, Holden, Duckworth, Miller, Walker, Franks, Harewood, James.
Subs not used: Dixon, Collins, Woods, Hawkins, Richards, Smith.
Bury: Lainton, McNulty, Hussey, Cameron, Mills, Tutte, Etuhu (Sedgwick 71), Adams (Mayor 58), Soares, Lowe (Rose 67), Nardiello.
Subs not used: Jalal, Widdowson, Thompson, Poole.
Head To Head
Bury have enjoyed the better of things historically in this fixture having celebrated 18 wins in all competitions compared to Pools’ 12 victories.
Recent seasons have certainly belonged to The Shakers; their 2-0 win at The Vic in August was their third success in succession over Pools after they did the double over us last term.
Ronnie Moore is waiting for news on Matthew Bates and Scott Fenwick, but Tommy Miller won’t be in contention for the trip to his former club.
Christopher Sarginson will take charge of Pools for the second time this season when he’s the man in the middle for our weekend trip to Gigg Lane.
A mad keen cricket fan who travels the world with England, Sarginson was also on the whistle when Pools lost 1-0 at Cheltenham in the opening month of the current campaign.
He’s refereed us eight times in the past and not brought us a great deal of luck, having witnessed our 6-1 defeat at Chesterfield in November 2012 and our 5-0 loss to MK Dons in January 2010.
Tickets for Saturday’s game will remain on sale at the Victoria Park Ticket Office until 2pm on Friday after which Pools fans will be able to buy on the turnstiles at Bury prior to kick-off.
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Pools Player will be broadcasting full live online commentary of Saturday’s game at Gigg Lane so make sure you’re logged-on for 2.50pm to stay right in touch with the action as it unfolds.
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Bury are 4/7 favourites for all three points on Saturday with Pools rated an 11/2 shot for victory over The Shakers; you can back a draw at odds of 11/4 right now with Sky Bet.