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Preview: Crawley Town v Pools

18 March 2016

We turn our attentions to the weekend by bringing you everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's trip to Crawley Town.

Crawley Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 19th March 2016
Kick-off: 3pm

The Story So Far
Crawley Town fans are looking forward to a bright new era after a protracted takeover by Turkish businessman Ziya Eren was finally completed just over a week ago.

Manager Mark Yates will hope that the new ownership can help give him the tools to plot a route back to League One as soon as possible after they were relegated at the end of last season.

They’re sixteenth in the table and eleven points shy of the top seven so a push for the play-offs this season looks a big ask, though they have taken seven points from the last available nine.

Over the longer-term, Town’s new chiefs are hoping to bring Championship football to the club, insisting that the hope is to achieve that within eight to ten years.

One To Watch
Young forward Liam McAlinden made his Town debut last weekend as they brought all three points home from their trip to Luton Town.

Signed on loan from Wolves just before the game, the 22-year-old has previously enjoyed temporary spells with Shrewsbury Town and Fleetwood Town.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 star has been on professional terms at Molineux since 2010 and will now remain with Crawley until the end of the season as he looks to further his senior experience.

Last Meeting
Saturday 24th October 2015
Hartlepool United 1 (Paynter 80)
Crawley Town 2 (Walton pen 66, Murphy 76)

Hartlepool United: Carson, Hendrie, Harrison, Okuonghae, Jones (Duckworth 61), Carroll (Banton 46), Walker (Woods 46), Featherstone, Oates, Bingham, Paynter.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Bates, Oyenuga, Fenwick.

Crawley Town: Flahavan, Bradley, Hancox, Yorwerth, Walton (Jenkins 85), Edwards, Smith, Young, Fenelon (Scales 67), Harrold, Murphy (Deacon 88).
Subs not used: Preston, Ashton, Rooney, Barnard.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be only the third competitive meeting between the two clubs and Pools are still waiting for their first victory.

Crawley won 2-1 at The Vic in October and also took three points on their only other visit back in October 2012, though Pools did pick up a point at their place a final day 2-2 draw in April 2013.

Team News
Craig Hignett will assess the fitness of defender Rob Jones ahead of Saturday’s game against Crawley, while Michael Duckworth is still working back to fitness after a hernia operation.

Click here now for a full round-up of team news from both camps.

Referee
David Coote will be in charge of a Pools game for the seventh time this weekend when he is the man on the whistle for our trip to Crawley.

It’s the second occasion this season he’s officiated us having also been on the whistle when we lost 3-1 at Mansfield Town in November.

Prior to that he watched us draw 0-0 with Accrington Stanley in March 2014 and was also in charge when we beat Scunthorpe United 2-0 on home soil in 2012.

His most recent outing was last Saturday when was saw Leyton Orient win 1-0 at Oxford United, brandishing a last-minute red card to O’s defender Mathieu Baudry.

Ticket Information
Pools fans will be able to buy their on the turnstiles at Crawley on the day of the game.

Click here for full ticket information for this fixture.

Live Commentary
Fans all over the world will be able to listen to full live online commentary by joining Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm on Saturday.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD in time to listen-in.

Betting
Pools are rated a 9/5 shot to bring all three points home on Saturday, while hosts Crawley Town are 6/4 favourites and the draw is priced at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet for a full list of markets and odds ahead of kick-off.

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