We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's trip to Carlisle United.
Carlisle United v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 15th October 2016
Carlisle United are currently enjoying their longest-ever unbeaten run at the start of a league season are lie third in the League Two table as a result.
Keith Curle’s men underlined their impressive form with an eye-catching 3-0 win at Morecambe last time out and are hoping to entice a crowd well in excess of 6,000 to Brunton Park this weekend.
The Cumbrians have won the fewer games than anyone else inside the top four but remain without defeat, having drawn five of their twelve league outings so far.
If they can avoid a loss against Pools on Saturday they will equal the overall club record of 13 games unbeaten at the start of the season, set by Paul Simpson’s Conference team of 2004.
Perhaps one of the key elements of their impressive start has been the consistency that Curle has been able to enjoy with his selection – no fewer than six of his players have started every league game so far.
Jason Kennedy is the man in form for Carlisle United in recent weeks and the midfielder helped himself to two goals in their win at Morecambe on Saturday.
He’s been described in some quarters as the “talisman” of the Cumbrian’s fine run and this season the man who’s work usually goes unnoticed has come more to the fore.
His brace at The Globe Arena took him out in front at the top of the scoring charts at Brunton Park – and having hit the net five times this term he’s already two ahead of his entire haul from last term.
But now the shots that flew just wide or came back off the woodwork are going in for the County Durham born schemer and he’s been at the heart of Carlisle’s excellent start to the campaign.
Carlisle United 1 (Hope 55)
Hartlepool United 0
Tuesday 5th April 2016
Carlisle United: Gillespie, Miller, Grainger, Raynes, Gillesphey, Ellis (Hope 46), Kennedy, Comley, Stacey, Gilliead (Sweeney 67), Ibehre (Asamoah 76).
Subs not used: Hanford, Atkinson, Joyce, Thompson.
Pools: Carson, Magnay, Bates, Jackson, Carroll, Featherstone, Hawkins, Gray (Walker 68), James, Oates, Paynter (Bingham 53).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Harrison, R Jones, Richards, Laurent.
Head To Head
This weekend’s fixture will be the 100th competitive meeting between the two sides and Carlisle have had the better of it historically having won 47 times in comparison to Pools’ 35.
The Cumbrians have enjoyed this fixture most in recent years too; they’ve won five of the last six encounters with Pools managing only one point in a 3-3 draw on the final day of 2014/15.
Pools’ last win at Brunton Park came back in September 2011 when first half goals from Gary Liddle and Adam Boyd helped us to a 2-1 triumph.
Darren Bond will take charge of his first Pools game of the season when he is on the whistle for our trip to face Carlisle United this weekend.
He also refereed our 1-0 defeat at Brunton Park last term, as well as our 2-1 FA Cup Third Round defeat to Derby County in January.
Bond also officiated our game against Carlisle at The Vic in 2014/15 when a 3-0 defeat proved to be Colin Cooper’s last night in charge at the Club.
His most recent outing came in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in the month when he oversaw Oldham Athletic’s 2-0 win at Fleetwood Town.
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Saturday’s game is all-ticket so Pools fans must buy in advance and are strongly advised not to travel without a ticket as none will be available on the day.
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You can get odds of 17/4 on Pools bringing three points home this weekend with hosts Carlisle installed as 8/13 favourites and a draw priced at 3/1 with our friends at Sky Bet.