We turn our attentions to the weekend by bringing you everything you need to know ahead of York City's visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v York City
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 16th April 2016
The Story So Far
York City arrive at Victoria Park without a win in eleven games and in desperate need of a quick upturn in form if they are to avoid relegation.
The Minstermen are currently second-bottom in the table and nine points from safety so defeat at The Vic coupled with a win for third-bottom Stevenage could take them to the brink of the drop.
Jackie McNamara arrived as their new boss in November following the departure of Russ Wilcox but just four wins since has left City dangling in the danger zone.
Defeats have turned in to draws in recent weeks but City now need victories – a fact which made Wycombe Wanderers’ last-minute leveller against them last weekend all the more difficult to stomach.
One To Watch
Scott Flinders has made more League Two appearances than any other York City player this season and has been one of their star performers.
The 29-year-old former Pools star was Man of the Match in The Minstermen’s recent 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient and has been a consistent figure in their backline.
Having made 276 appearances for the Club between 2009 and 2015, Flinders is sure to get a warm reception from the Pools fans before kick-off on Saturday.
Saturday 15th August 2015
York City 1 (Thompson 57)
Hartlepool United 2 (Paynter 71, Woods 81)
York City: Flinders, McCoy, Lowe, Winfield, Tutonda, Zubar, Berrett, Summerfield, Penn, Oliver, Thompson (Hyde 76).
Subs not used: Ingham, McCombe, Nolan, Carson, Straker, Godfrey.
Hartlepool United: Bartlett, Duckworth, Harrison, Worley (Bates 9), Carroll, Featherstone, Woods (Walker 84), Magnay, Bingham, Paynter, Fenwick (Oates 62).
Subs not used: Denton, Jones, Smith, Oyenuga.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 113th competitive meeting between the two clubs and York City enjoy the edge historically having won 45 in comparison to Pools’ 38.
Pools ended a near-thirty-year wait for a victory at Bootham Crescent when goals from Billy Paynter and Michael Woods saw them 2-1 winners in the opening month of the campaign.
City did the league double over Pools last term and Craig Hignett’s men will be looking to return the favour when The Minstermen arrive in the north-east this weekend.
Craig Hignett is hoping to have Matthew Bates, Jake Carroll and Nathan Thomas back in contention for this weekend’s game against York City.
Seb Stockbridge will take charge of his fifth Pools game this weekend and his third of the season, having also overseen our win at Bootham Crescent back in August.
The official was also on the whistle for our 1-0 defeat to Oxford United at The Vic in November – his other games aren’t worth remembering either; heavy losses to Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers.
His most recent outing in the middle came at Newport County at the end of last month when he was in charge for Accrington Stanley’s 2-0 win there.
Pools fans can buy their tickets for this game in advance from the Victoria Park Ticket Office or direct on the turnstiles prior to kick-off on the day.
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Pools are even money favourites for victory this weekend with visitors York rated an 11/4 shot for three points and the draw priced at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.