We look ahead to Tuesday evening's League Two action with a full preview of Accrington Stanley's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Accrington Stanley
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Accrington Stanley will arrive in the North-East looking to put an end to a sequence of three league defeats in succession which has seen them drop to 15th in the table.
John Coleman’s men came agonisingly close to winning automatic promotion to League One last term only to have it snatched away in dramatic circumstances before losing in the play-off semi-finals to AFC Wimbledon.
The loss of key players Matt Crooks and Josh Windass to Rangers during the summer was always likely to make the new campaign a little trickier but few would bet against them rediscovering their form and mounting a challenge towards the top seven again come May.
Stanley have won three of the last four encounters but Pools have the incentive of knowing a second successive home league win on Tuesday night would be enough to see them leapfrog their visitors.
Rommy Boco has proved a big hit since returning to Accrington Stanley for a second spell in January and the Benin international has already hit the net six times this season.
Capable of playing up front or in a deeper role, the 31-year-old first made his breakthrough in English football with The Reds in 2005 when he won promotion with the club before taking a place in the record books with their first goal in the Football League for 44 years the following season.
His five goals in League Two were complemented by a strike in the FA Cup during Stanley’s excellent away win at Bradford City in Round One earlier this month.
Pools 1 (Bingham 25)
Accrington Stanley 2 (Conneely 3, Fosu-Henry 45)
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 19th April 2016
Pools: Carson, Richards, Bates, Jackson, Carroll, Walker (Featherstone 46), Woods, Gray (James 63), Laurent, Thomas, Bingham (Oates 82).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Magnay, R Jones, Nelson-Addy.
Accrington Stanley: Etheridge, Pearson, Davies, Buxton, Hughes, Conneely, Mingoia, Windass, Fosu-Henry (McCartan 79), Halliday, Kee.
Subs not used: Mooney, Wakefield, Boco, Barry, McConville, Gornell.
Head To Head
Tuesday evening’s game will be the 74th competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have the edge historically having won 34 times in comparison to Stanley’s 25 victories.
However, Accrington did the league double over Pools last term, winning 3-1 on home soil in a re-arranged game in January before running out 2-1 victors at The Vic in April.
The last time Pools got the better of an Accrington side was back in September 2013 when goals from Jonathan Franks and Andy Monkhouse secured a 2-1 triumph.
It will be the fifth time Richard Clark has overseen a Pools fixture when he is on the whistle for our game against Accrington Stanley.
The last occasion was in October 2015 when Luton Town won 4-1 at The Vic, whilst he was also in charge for our 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town last January.
Clark’s most recent outing came in League One when he presided over Charlton Athletic’s 2-0 win over Port Vale at The Valley on Saturday.
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Tickets for all areas of the ground for Tuesday’s game remain on sale from the Club’s Ticket Office up to kick-off.
Two cash-only Matchday Ticket Offices will be open – 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 6pm and remain open until kick-off.
Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.
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Pools have been installed at 7/4 for the three points while visitors Accrington are slight favourites at 6/4 and the draw is priced at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.