We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Newport County's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Newport County AFC
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 27th August 2016
Newport County arrive in the north-east having collected four points from their four league games so far to sit 17th in the embryonic League Two table.
A confidence-boosting 1-0 win at Leyton Orient a fortnight ago helped build expectations that boss Warren Feeney can help improve fortunes after a third-bottom finish last term.
Feeney has been busy in the transfer market since arriving at Rodney Parade in January to succeed John Sheridan and become County’s third manager of the season after Terry Butcher began at the helm.
Among the new faces to arrive in South Wales during the summer was former Pools winger Jack Compton and veteran front man Jon Parkin who spent a month on loan at The Vic in 2002.
Midfield star Mark Randall became Warren Feeney’s second summer signing when he signed a two-year contract at Rodney Parade.
The 26-year-old spent the second half of last season with League Two rivals Barnet following his January release from MK Dons.
A former Arsenal trainee, Randall made two cup appearances for The Gunners before a series of loan moves ended with a permanent switch to Chesterfield.
Newport County 0
Notts County 0
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 15th March 2016
Newport County: Day, Donacien, Hughes (Barrow 53), Holmes, Jones, Elito, O’Sullivan (Gosling 46), Byrne, Morgan (Wilkinson 68), Boden, Rodman.
Subs not used: Green, Partridge, Klukowski, Owen-Evans.
Hartlepool United: Carson, Magnay, Carroll, Bates, Jackson, Thomas (Oates 70), Featherstone, Hawkins, Gray, Paynter, James.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Walker, Woods, Richards, Laurent, Bingham.
Head To Head
This weekend will be the seventh meeting between the two sides since Newport County AFC reformed and Pools are unbeaten in the last five.
Three of the last four encounters have ended all-square, with both sides coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 in the games during 2014/15.
Andy Haines will oversee his seventh Pools game this weekend when he is the man in charge for Newport County’s visit to the north-east.
His last visit came in August 2015 when he was on the whistle for our 3-2 defeat to Carlisle United, while he was also at The Vic for our New Year’s Day games in 2013 and 2014.
Haines’ most recent outing came last weekend when he was in charge of Stevenage’s 2-1 win over Luton Town at The Lamex Stadium.
Pools PlayerHD will carry live and uninterrupted online commentary of Saturday’s game as Brian Honour joins Mark Simpson in the press box from 2.50pm.
Fans all over the world can access the live broadcast so if you can’t get along to the game then make sure to join the lads on Pools PlayerHD to keep up to date.
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Tickets for all areas of the ground for Saturday’s game remain on sale from the Club’s Ticket Office up to kick-off, while online sales will end at 12noon on Friday 26th August.
Two new cash-only Matchday Ticket Offices are opening for the first time this weekend – one is situated on the Clarence Road side of the Prostate Cancer UK Stand and the other is on the Niramax Stand. These will open at 1pm and remain open until kick-off.
Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.
Work has been done on the Club’s turnstiles and Season Ticket holders will now be able to gain access using their new cards.
Click here for full details on buying tickets for this game.
Pools have been installed as 11/10 favourites for three points on Saturday, with visitors Newport a 13/5 shot and the draw is priced at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.