We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's game against Exeter City.
Exeter City v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 12th September 2015
The Story So Far
Exeter City have made a promising start to the new campaign and moved up to seventh place in the League Two table on the back of last weekend’s eye-catching 4-0 win over unbeaten Leyton Orient.
Paul Tisdale’s men have been in good form on their own patch so far, having won three and drawn one – and they will be hoping to build on that with two of their next three games to be played at St James’ Park.
They’ve won their last two games and kept back-to-back clean sheets, which will have been a welcome boost for Tisdale who has seen his side score seventeen but concede fifteen in their first ten fixtures in all competitions.
One To Watch
Exeter fans were delighted when Ryan Harley sealed a permanent return to St James’ Park in January following a loan spell from Swindon Town.
The talented and creative midfielder enjoyed a productive spell with City after joining from Weston-Super-Mare in 2007 but moved on to Swansea City in 2011.
He failed to make the breakthrough with The Swans though and moved on to Brighton & Hove Albion before landing at Swindon in 2013.
However, the lure of a return to Exeter where he had scored 32 goals in 144 appearances to help the club to promotion from the Conference to League One during his first spell.
Saturday 25th April 2015
Hartlepool United 2 (Fenwick 15, Hugill, 44)
Exeter City 1 (Cummins 17)
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Bates, Harrison, D Jones, Compton (Miller 80), Featherstone, Tshibola, Franks, Fenwick, Hugill (Harewood 68).
Subs not used: Maxted, Duckworth, Nelson-Addy, J Jones, Walker.
Exeter City: Hamon, Bennett, McAllister, Moore-Taylor, Sercombe, Oakley, Keohane (T Nicholls 68), Davies, Harley, A Nicholls (Wheeler 46), Cummins (Morrison 64).
Subs not used: Pym, Butterfield, Tillson, Jay.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 79th competitive meeting between the two sides and Exeter have the edge historically having won on 32 occasions in comparison to Pools’ 24.
However, Pools will be buoyed by having done the double over The Grecians last term, complementing a fine 2-1 win at St James’ Park with April’s crucial 2-1 success at The Vic which sealed survival.
Pools have a good record at City in recent years too; having won three of their last four visits to St James’ Park and drawn the other.
Ronnie Moore has several selection problems ahead of Saturday’s game but is expected to hand Brad Halliday his debut following his arrival on a one-month loan deal from Middlesbrough.
Andy Woolmer will take charge of his ninth Pools’ game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our encounter with Exeter City.
The experienced official last refereed us back in November 2011 when we won 2-0 at Scunthorpe United, while he also once gave three penalties against us during a 2-0 defeat at Colchester in 2009.
His most recent outing this term came at Southend United last month when he was in charge for Swindon Town’s 1-0 win at Roots Hall.
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Pools are rated 100/30 to come away from Exeter with all three points, while the hosts are 17/20 favourites and the draw is priced at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.