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Preview: Northampton Town v Pools

9 October 2015

We look ahead to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of our Sky Bet League Two game at Northampton Town.

Northampton Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 10th October 2015
Kick-off: 3pm

The Story So Far
Northampton Town lie in ninth position and just a point outside the division’s play-off zone following a run of five unbeaten in League Two.

The Cobblers last outing in the league provided an eye-catching 3-2 success at fancied Wycombe Wanderers and that will have boosted confidence ahead of the weekend game.

A midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at Millwall registered little on boss Chris Wilder’s radar, who suggested the competition be done away with following their 2-0 defeat at The New Den.

Of course, the former Oxford United chief will have his eyes more firmly fixed on Pools’ weekend visit to Sixfields where Town have won two, lost two and drawn one so far this season.

One To Watch
Front man Marc Richards has already helped himself to six goals in all competitions for The Cobblers this term and looks key to their promotion ambitions.

The powerful striker is a threat in the air but is also extremely handy on the deck, proving a handful for plenty of defences since he joined Town last summer.

Richards scored twice when the sides met at Sixfields Stadium last season as Town ran out 5-1 winners over Pools despite falling behind in the early stages.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 10th February 2015
Hartlepool United 1 (Morgan 51)
Northampton Town 0

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Harrison, Mirfin, Compton (Smith 89), Woods, Duckworth, Tshibola, Franks (Jones 78), Harewood, Morgan (Featherstone 78).
Subs not used: Maxted, Holden, Walker, Richards.

Northampton Town: Duke, Moloney, Horwood, Collins, Cresswell, O’Toole (Hackett 75), D’Ath (Tozer 57), Taylor, Byrom, Holmes (Toney 57), Richards.
Subs not used: Snedker, Newey, Carter, Bodin.

Head To Head
Pools have already put paid to one bogey ground this season when they won 2-1 at York City in the opening month of the campaign – now they must do so again at Sixfields on Saturday.

The Club has made no fewer than 26 winless visits to Northampton since their last success – a 1-0 triumph nearly 45 years ago when Terry Bell’s goal just before Christmas 1969 was decisive.

In fairness, The Cobblers have had similar travel-sickness when visiting The Vic in recent seasons when Pools have won the last four and scored nine goals without conceding in the process.

Team News
Ronnie Moore is without Carl Magnay who begins a six-game suspension, while Michael Duckworth looks likely to remain sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Kevin Johnson will be in charge of only his second-ever Pools game this weekend when he takes the whistle for our clash with Northampton Town.

The only other occasion he’s officiated one of our games was last October when he oversaw Paul Murray’s first game in charge – a 2-1 defeat to Cambridge United at The Abbey Stadium.

His last outing came on Tuesday night when he was in charge of the 0-0 draw between Yeovil Town and Coventry City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy which The Glovers won on penalties.

Ticket Information
Tickets for Saturday’s game remain on sale from The Vic until 2pm on Friday, after which they will rise in price by £2 on the turnstiles on the day of the game.

Click here now for full information on buying tickets for this fixture.

Live Commentary
from 2.50pm.Pools PlayerHDPools fans all over the world can listen to live and uninterrupted online commentary of Saturday’s game by logging on to

Click here now for more information on accessing live coverage of every game on Pools PlayerHD.

Pools are a huge 18/5 for three points this weekend with hosts Northampton installed as 3/4 favourites and the draw priced at 13/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

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