We look ahead to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's League Two meeting with Cheltenham Town.
Hartlepool United v Cheltenham Town
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 12th November 2016
Cheltenham Town have proved stubborn opposition upon their return to League Two this season and arrive in the North-East having put together a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
If Gary Johnson’s men can find a way to turn their frequent draw in to victories then they will surely begin to climb higher than their current 16th position in the table – only Aston Villa have drawn more game so far this season.
Being hard to beat has seen confidence levels rise at Whaddon Road though and they picked up an excellent result in midweek when they defeated Bolton Wanderers’ youngsters 1-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Having won promotion as champions of the National League last term, Johnson has built his side around those helped restore the club’s EFL status and it’s paying dividends for the Gloucestershire outfit.
Midfield star Harry Pell has started all but one of Cheltenham Town’s league outings so far this season and has become one of the first names on Gary Johnson’s teamsheet.
Drafted in from Eastleigh upon relegation last summer, his experience at National League level served The Robins well and he’s been more than comfortable with the step up to League Two.
He’s already helped himself to three goals from the engine room so far this season and his competitive edge has also seen him collect eight yellow cards after seeing twelve last year.
Pools 1 (Oyenuga 45)
Cheltenham Town 0
FA Cup First Round
Saturday 7th November 2015
Pools: Carson, Duckworth, Bates, Jackson, Carroll, Featherstone, Gray (Woods 82), Oyenuga (Banton 71), Oates, Fenwick, Paynter (Bingham 41).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Jones, Walker, Smith.
Cheltenham Town: Phillips, Barthram (Dayton 54), McLennan (Vaughan 71), Downes, Parslow, Dickie, Storer, Pell, Munns (Hall 62), Waters, Wright.
Lovett, Rowe, Thomas, Drismore.Subs not used:
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 18th competitive encounter between the two sides and Cheltenham have the edge historically having won eight times in comparison to Pools’ four.
However, Pools have enjoyed the more recent success and have won the last two encounters between the sides.
Graham Salisbury is no stranger to Pools fans, as this weekend’s game will see him take charge of one of our fixtures for the nineteenth time.
The experienced official last visited us back in April when he oversaw a 2-1 win over Mansfield Town during which he sent-off Stags defender Krystian Pearce.
He was also on the whistle when we were beaten on home soil by Plymouth Argyle last December.
Pools PlayerHD will carry live and uninterrupted online commentary of Saturday’s game from 2.50pm with Mark Simpson and Brian Honour.
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.
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 1.15pm and remain open until kick-off.
Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.
Click here for full details on buying tickets for this game.
Pools are rated at 6/4 favourites for three points this weekend with visitors Cheltenham just behind at odds of 7/4, while the draw is priced at 12/15 with Sky Bet.