We turn our attentions to the weekend to bring you a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's game at Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Cambridge United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 19th September 2015
The Story So Far
Richard Money has been given the scope to invest quite heavily in his squad during the summer as Cambridge United look to improve further in their second season back in the Football League.
After almost getting sucked in to a relegation battle at the end of last term, The U’s have added to their playing staff in the hope of having a say at the other end of the table this time around.
A 3-0 home win over Newport County on the opening day boosted confidence, while a bizarre 4-4 draw at Carlisle United proved they have plenty of fire-power to trouble League Two defences.
However, consecutive home defeats to Crawley and Dagenham & Redbridge in the league, either side of a JPT exit at The Abbey Stadium, will not have pleased The U’s boss or supporters.
They bounced back in decent fashion last weekend in holding league-leaders Leyton Orient to a 1-1 draw and now they will hope they can build on that with a trip to Pools beginning a sequence of three away games in four.
One To Watch
Luke Berry returned to Cambridge United during the summer after spending the 2014/15 campaign with League One outfit Barnsley.
The midfielder was a product of The U’s youth system and debuted for the club in April 2010 before going on to be a regular in the engine room as they fought their way back in to the league.
A box-to-box performer with bags of energy and an eye for goal, his arrival back at The Abbey Stadium was a popular piece of off-season news for Cambridge supporters.
Saturday 28th March 2015
Hartlepool United 2 (Walker 20, Harrison 67)
Cambridge United 1 (Harrold 32)
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, D Jones, Harrison, Mirfin, Walker, Featherstone, Duckworth, Tshibola, Franks, Hugill.
Subs not used: Maxted, Nelson-Addy, Richards, Smith, J Jones.
Cambridge United: Dunn, Tait (Simpson 69), Coulson, Miller, Champion, Hunt (Slew 76), Hughes, Donaldson, Elliott, Dunk, Harrold (Kaikai 76)
Subs not used: Norris, Lanzoni, Nelson, Morrissey.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 37th competitive encounter between the two clubs and The U’s have enjoyed the greater success with 18 wins to Pools’ seven.
Last season’s games both went 2-1 in favour of the home side, with Pools winning crucially at The Vic in March to avenge the defeat suffered at The Abbey Stadium in Paul Murray’s first game in charge.
Pools have actually had a reasonable record against Cambridge in recent seasons – that away defeat last term is the only time we’ve lost to The U’s in the last seven clashes.
Ronnie Moore will make a late decision on Billy Paynter as the front man attempts to recover from a hamstring injury in time to feature in this weekend’s game.
Geoff Eltringham will take charge of his fifth Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our encounter with Cambridge United.
The last occasion came in January when he was on the whistle for our 1-1 draw against rivals Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.
He’s also refereed Pools in home games against Sheffield United (August 2011), Scunthorpe United (January 2012) and Colchester United (March 2013).
Eltringham’s most recent outing came at Fleetwood Town at the start of the month when he oversaw The Cod Army’s 1-1 draw against Rochdale.
Pools fans can buy their tickets for the game from the Ticket Office now or on the turnstiles prior to kick-off on the day of the game.
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Pools fans all over the world can listen to live commentary with Mark Simpson and Brian Honour on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm on Saturday.
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Pools are rated a 19/10 shot for the three points this weekend with Cambridge installed at 7/5 for the win and the draw priced at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.