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Preview: Yeovil Town v Pools

25 September 2015

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's game against Yeovil Town.

Yeovil Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 26th September 2015
Kick-off: 3pm

The Story So Far
Yeovil Town are working to improve upon a difficult start to the new campaign following their relegation from League One last season.

Paul Sturrock has been frustrated by a long injury list in the opening months and saw his side lose their first four games in all competitions before registering a first win against Luton Town at the end of August.

Form has shown more signs of picking up during September and Sturrock will hope that Saturday’s confidence-boosting 1-0 win at Crawley Town can provide a platform for climbing the table.

They currently lie three points and six places behind Pools in League Two but know that a victory another victory at the weekend could lift them in to mid-table.

One To Watch
Ryan Bird is wearing Yeovil Town colours these days after making a summer switch to Huish Park after being released by Cambridge United at the end of last season.

The powerful front man has scored three goals for The Glovers so far this term, including a brace in their dramatic 3-2 victory over Luton Town last month.

Bird will be remembered by Pools fans for a successful loan spell at The Vic during last year’s battle for survival during which he netted two crucial goals in six games.

Last Meeting
Saturday 9th March 2013
Hartlepool United 0
Yeovil Town 0

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Humphreys, Walton, Luscombe (Howard 65), Franks (Sweeney 83), Poole (Monkhouse 65), Wyke.
Subs not used: McHugh, Holden, Rutherford, James.

Yeovil Town: Stech, Ayling, McAllister, Webster, Burn, Upson, Foley (Williams 17), Edwards, Dawson (Young 82), Hayter (Fletcher 77), Madden.
Subs not used: Stewart, Hinds, Blizzard, Ralph.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 16th competitive meeting between the two sides and the record so far has a pretty symmetrical look – with both enjoying six victories.

The Glovers’ six wins have all come in the league, while Pools have enjoyed one in the cup too but goals have been scarce when the two have come together in recent seasons.

It was goalless when they met the last time in March 2013 and the three previous fixtures have all been decided by a solitary goal, twice in Yeovil’s favour and once in Pools’.

Pools have a mixed record at Huish Park over the years; they’ve won on three of their last visits but were beaten on their most recent in 2012 and were thumped 4-0 in 2010.

Team News
Ronnie Moore will make a late decision on front man Rakish Bingham who is a doubt due to a hamstring injury, while Carl Magnay remains suspended for the trip.

Fred Graham will take charge of his sixth Pools game this weekend when he is the man on the whistle for our trip to Yeovil Town.

He last officiated us back in March 2014 when we defeated Torquay United 3-0 at The Vic, while his first was a 2-0 defeat at Walsall in August 2006.

His last outing was a week ago when he was in charge of Wigan Athletic’s 2-1 home win over Fleetwood Town in League One.

Ticket Information
Pools fans can buy their tickets on the turnstiles at Huish Park prior to kick-off on the day of the game.

Live Commentary
Pools fans all over the world can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game at Yeovil on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

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

Pools are rated a 19/10 shot to return from Yeovil with maximum points, while the hosts are installed as 7/5 favourites and the draw is available at odds of 23/10.

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