We turn our attentions to the weekend game with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's trip to AFC Wimbledon.
AFC Wimbledon v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 31st October 2015
The Story So Far
AFC Wimbledon moved in to the top half of the League Two table last weekend when they earned an excellent 3-1 win at York City.
It was a second away victory in a week following their 4-3 triumph at Accrington Stanley and was the perfect tonic after a disappointing 5-2 home defeat to Morecambe in their previous outing.
The Dons have been among the best value teams in the division to watch this term having scored plenty of goals but also conceded a few – they’ve kept just one clean sheet in seventeen games so far.
After finishing 15th in League Two last season, Ardley will be aiming for an improvement on that and even hinted he would step aside if he didn’t bring “excitement at the other end of the table.”
One To Watch
The Dons will be hoping that Adebayo Akinfenwa recovers from the injury which kept him out of last week’s win at York in time for him to lead the line against Pools on Saturday.
The powerhouse forward has already helped himself to four league goals this season and his physical presence and hold-up play has consistently caused problems for lower league defences.
Dubbed “the strongest man in football” Akinfenwa reportedly snubbed the advances of several League One suitors during the summer and opted to extend his contact at Wimbledon.
Saturday 28th February 2015
Hartlepool United 1 (Bird 73)
AFC Wimbledon 0
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Harrison, Mirfin, Compton, Woods (Featherstone 63), Duckworth, Smith, Tshibola, Franks (J Jones 77), Bird.
Subs not used: Maxted, D Jones, Walker, Harewood, Morgan.
AFC Wimbledon: Shea, Fuller, Kennedy, Winfield, Oshilaja, Bulman, Reeves, Tanner (Connolly 84), Potter (Azeez 71), Akinfenwa, Rigg (Moore 71).
Subs not used: McDonnell, Smith, Phillips, Beere.
Head To Head
This weekend will be only the fifth time the two sides have met and Pools have the edge so far having won three of the previous four encounters.
Last term, Pools did the double over The Dons – goals from Marlon Harewood and Charlie Wyke earned a 2-1 away win while Ryan Bird’s goal was enough to take the points back at The Vic.
Ronnie Moore is without Scott Harrison and Carl Magnay who are both suspended and Harry Worley remains sidelined with an ankle injury.
Lee Collins will be in charge of his third-ever Pools game this weekend when he is the man in the middle for our trip to AFC Wimbledon.
He last officiated a Pools game back at the beginning of April when Ronnie Moore’s men took a two-goal lead at Newport County only to draw 2-2 in the end.
Prior to that the only other occasion he’s refereed us is when we ran out 1-0 winners on our visit to Tranmere Rovers in April 2013.
Pools fans can buy their tickets for this game on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.
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Pools are rated 18/5 for three points on Saturday, while The Dons are 8/11 favourites and the draw is priced at 11/4 with our friends at Sky Bet.