We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of our Sky Bet League Two meeting with Notts County.
Hartlepool United v Notts County
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 20th August 2016
Notts County arrive in the North-East still looking for their first win of the season but boss John Sheridan is convinced that a change in fortunes is round the corner for the Meadow Lane outfit.
Their defeat to his former club Plymouth Argyle was particularly harsh with The Magpies’ chief insisting that County had deserved to win despite slipping to a 2-1 home reverse.
Sheridan has been able to reshape his squad during the summer months and will be hoping that they can soon find the form that will see them challenging for a return to League One.
Jon Stead proved the difference when Pools and Notts County met last season with the former Sundelrand and Blackburn Rovers front man on target in both of The Magpies’ wins.
He scored a spectacular opener and what turned out to be the winner in their 3-2 success at The Vic in February before following it up with the only goal at Meadow Lane in April.
The 33-year-old has hit good form coming in to this weekend’s game too having hit the net in both of County’s last two fixtures and he will be keen to continue that run at Pools’ expense.
Notts County 1 (Stead 55)
Hartlepool United 0
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 12th April 2016
Notts County: Loach, Hollis, Hewitt, Atkinson, Audel, Edwards, Noble (Amevor 89), Aborah, Valencic (Campbell 71), Stead (Gibson 81), McLeod.
Subs not used: Carroll, Lartey-Sarpong, Murray, Snijders.
Pools: Carson, Magnay, Jackson, R Jones, Woods, Featherstone, Hawkins, Duckworth, Gray (Walker 83), Oates (Bingham 83), James.
Subs not used: Bartlett, D Jones, Richards, Smith, Laurent.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 31st competitive meeting between the two clubs and the record is fairly even, with Pools having won 12 times in comparison to County’s 13 victories.
The Magpies completed a league double last term, including only their second-ever win at Victoria Park – and their first since back in their first visit in September 1959.
The last seven encounters between the sides have produced results one way or the other – there hasn’t been a draw since County’s visit to the North-East in January 2011.
Michael Salisbury will make his first ever trip to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium this weekend when he’s on the whistle for our game against Notts County.
The son of Select Group referee Graham Salisbury, he was promoted to the EFL list at the start of the season after making rapid progress through the ranks.
He’s taken charge of two games so far this campaign, overseeing Newport County’s 1-0 win at Newport County last Saturday and Carlisle United’s 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town in midweek.
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 19th 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.
Pools have been installed as 7/5 favourites for three points this weekend, while visitors Notts County are a 19/10 shot and the draw is priced at 23/10 with Sky Bet.