We turn our attentions to the weekend with our in-depth preview of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two game at Greenhous Meadow.
Sky Bet League Two
Shrewsbury Town v Hartlepool United
Saturday 17th January 2015
Pools will have their work cut-out this weekend when they make the trip to a Shrewsbury Town side who are yet to taste home defeat in the league this season.
Indeed, Micky Mellon’s men have conceded just three goals in their previous twelve outings at Greenhous Meadow, of which they have won ten.
However, Ronnie Moore’s men will be boosted by the fact they beat The Shrews at The Vic back in September and hit the road for Shropshire on the back of victory over Cheltenham Town last time out.
Town have also dropped away from top spot down to fourth in the League Two table on the back of three games without a win, and in which they have failed to score.
Saturday 6th September 2014
Hartlepool United 2 (Wyke 5, Walker 79)
Shrewsbury Town 0
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Parnaby (Richards 39), Bates, Harrison, Austin, Franks, Walker, Miller, Compton (Holden 89), Brobbel, Wyke.
Subs not used: Dixon, Collins, Woods, Hawkins, Harewood.
Shrewsbury Town: Leutwiler, Ellis, Goldson, Gayle (Grandison 17), Knight-Percival, Demetriou (Akpa Akpro 54), Woods, Wesolowski, Clark, Collins, Vernon (Mangan 54).
Subs not used: Burton, Vincent, Lawrence, Griffith.
Head To Head
Pools have the edge when it comes to meetings with Shrewsbury Town having won thirteen of the thirty competitive encounters between the two sides.
Three of the last four games between the sides have ended in score draws, while Pools took the points at The Vic when the sides met back in September.
Pools’ last win in Shrewsbury came during the 2002/03 promotion season when Eifion Williams’ strike ten minutes in to the second half was enough to secure victory at Gay Meadow.
Pools are still without Tommy Miller (calf) but Brad Walker is likely to shake off a thigh problem in time to make the trip this weekend.
Seb Stockbridge will take charge of only his second-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man with the whistle for our trip to Greenhous Meadow.
It may please Pools fans to know his only previous outing in one of our games came last March when he presided over our 4-0 hammering of Bristol Rovers at Victoria Park.
Stockbridge has refereed Shrewsbury twice already this season and both times they have won home soil – against Cheltenham Town in October and Burton Albion in November.
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Pools are rated 7/1 to come home from Shrewsbury with a win, with the hosts installed as big 2/5 favourites and the draw priced at 100/30 with our partners Sky Bet.