We look ahead to Tuesday night's game with a full and in-depth preview of our meeting with Stevenage at Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Stevenage
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 9th February 2016
The Story So Far
Stevenage’s struggle for form over recent weeks led to the Club parting ways with Teddy Sheringham last week, with First Team Coach Darren Sarll taking temporary charge.
The Lamex Stadium outfit extended their winless run to nine games at the weekend when they were beaten at home by Crawley Town though they still remain eight points clear of the drop zone.
It’s a disappointment for Stevenage fans who saw their side reach the League Two play-offs under Graham Westley last term after being relegated from League One in 2013/14.
One To Watch
Whole-hearted defender Dean Wells has become a huge fans’ favourite at The Lamex Stadium since joining Stevenage from Braintree Town in a £25,000 deal in 2014.
He made 49 appearances as the club made the League Two play-offs in his first season and was rewarded for his consistent performance with a double Player of the Year award.
The former Brentford youngster had to move in to non-league to establish himself and Stevenage had to beat off competition from several other clubs when they made their move for him.
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Stevenage 2 (Franks 45, Williams 88)
Hartlepool United 0
Stevenage: Day, Franks, Hughes, Wells, Ogilvie, Gorman, Schumacher, Gordon (Whelpdale 63), Lee (Hitchcock 73), Williams, Akinyemi (Pett 71).
Subs not used: Kettings, Okimo, Casey, Conlon.
Hartlepool United: Bartlett, Magnay, Harrison, Bates (Boyce 19), Carroll, Duckworth, Featherstone, Woods (Nelson-Addy 72), Bingham, Paynter, Fenwick (Oates 62).
Subs not used: Denton, Jones, Walker, Smith.
Head To Head
This evening’s game will be the ninth time the two teams have met in competitive action – and Pools are still waiting for their first taste of victory over Stevenage.
Pools’ 2-0 defeat at The Lamex Stadium earlier in the season was Stevenage’s sixth victory in the fixture, while the best Pools have mustered is two draws – both coming in 2011/12.
Ronnie Moore could hand a debut to new loan signing Luke James, while Billy Paynter and Carl Magnay are both vying for starting spots after recovering from injury.
It will be the third time that Ben Toner has been in charge of a Pools game when he’s on the whistle for our clash with Stevenage tonight.
The official was at The Vic in the opening month of the campaign when we defeated Newport County 1-0 and was also in the middle for our FA Cup win over East Thurrock United last term.
His most recent outing was at The Keepmoat Stadium seven days ago when he oversaw Walsall’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers in League One.
Pools have slashed ticket prices for tonight’s game to just £12 for adults and £6 for concessions – these are available in advance and on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.
Pools fans all over the world will be able to listen to full online commentary of this evening’s game in the company of Mark Simpson and Brian Honour on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm.
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Pools are rated 6/4 favourites for the three points this evening with visitors Stevenage just behind at odds of 7/4 and the draw priced at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.