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Preview: Pools v Northampton Town

26 February 2016

We turn our attentions to Saturday's game with everything you need to know ahead of Northampton Town's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Northampton Town
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 27th February 2016
Kick-off: 3pm

The Story So Far
Northampton Town’s tumultuous season looks set to end in triumph after a record-breaking run of ten consecutive league wins moved them twelve points clear at the top of League Two ahead of their weekend visit to Victoria Park.

The Cobblers were in real danger of going out of business earlier in the campaign when players and staff weren’t paid during a period of serious financial uncertainty.

However, former Oxford United Chairman Kelvin Thomas arrived to offer salvation and his takeover has helped keep the Club on course for promotion to League One.

Chris Wilder and his players rarely lost focus despite the troubles and last weekend’s 1-0 win over Wycombe was a ninth victory in a row, eclipsing a club record which had stood since the 1960/61 Division Four title-winning campaign.

One To Watch
Northampton lost the services of top scorer Marc Richards to an Achilles injury earlier in the month – but boss Chris Wilder didn’t hang around when it came to replacing him.

John Marquis checked-in to Sixfields Stadium for a second loan spell with The Cobblers, joining Town for the rest of the current campaign from Millwall.

The 23-year-old scored on his second debut against York City in midweek and will be hoping to help himself to plenty more as he looks to do his bit to help Northampton achieve their promotion goal.

Last Meeting
Saturday 10th October 2015
Northampton Town 2 (Richards 4, Adams 21)
Hartlepool United 1 (Bingham 31)

Northampton Town: Smith, Cresswell, Buchanan, Furlong, Brisley, Byrom, Adams (Taylor 89), O’Toole, Hackett (D’Ath 68), Richards, Hoskins (Calvert-Lewin 76).
Subs not used: Clarke, Diamond, Lelan, Watson.

Hartlepool United: Bartlett, Halliday, Harrison, Boyce, Carroll, Smith, Featherstone, Woods (Walker 75), Oates (Oyenuga 67), Bingham, Paynter (Fenwick 89).
Subs not used: Carson, Bates, Jones, Hawkins.

Head To Head
This Saturday’s game will be the 67th competitive meeting between the two teams and Town have the slight edge having won 28 times in comparison to Pools’ 24.

In recent times this fixture has usually gone with home advantage – indeed, The Cobblers have lost on each of their last four visits to Victoria Park without even scoring a goal.

Pools’ record in Northampton is even more dismal – we’ve failed to win away against Town since 1 1-0 success back in December 1969.

Team News
Craig Hignett hopes to welcome Luke James (thigh) back in to contention for Saturday’s game but Michael Woods (hamstring) is likely to remain sidelined.


Referee
Mark Haywood will take charge of his sixteenth-ever Pools game when he oversees our fixture with Northampton Town at The Vic.

The experience official was on the whistle for two of our games last term – the opening day defeat at Stevenage and our crucial 1-0 triumph at Morecambe in March.

His most recent outing came last weekend when he was the man in the middle for Yeovil Town’s 1-1 draw against Portsmouth when he showed a red card to former Pools loan man Christian Burgess.

Ticket Information
Fans can buy their tickets in advance from the Victoria Park Ticket Office or direct on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.

Click here now for full information on buying tickets for game at The Vic.

Live Commentary
Pools fans all over the world will be able to listen to full online commentary of Saturday’s game in the company of Brian Honour by logging-on to Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

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

Betting
Pools are 3/1 outsiders for three points this weekend, while Northampton are priced at 17/20 to make it eleven wins in a row and a draw is rated a 13/5 shot with Sky Bet.


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