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Preview: Pools v Crawley Town

7 October 2016

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Crawley Town's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

Hartlepool United v Crawley Town
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 8th October 2016
Kick-Off: 3pm

In Opposition
Crawley Town will arrive in the region in good spirits this weekend having picked up ten points from the last available twelve to storm in to the League Two play-off zone.

The Red Devils were frustrated to finish near the bottom of the division last season following relegation from League One in 2014/15 but new boss Dermot Drummy has made a big impact.

A former Chelsea Academy coach, Drummy has been able to reshape the squad during the summer and their recent run of form has seen them emerge as serious contenders for promotion.

After consecutive away defeats at Portsmouth and Stevenage, Town responded with victory at Morecambe in the league before an excellent 2-0 win at Charlton in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek.

Star Man
It was an eye-catching move when Crawley were able to lure James Collins to the club during the summer following his departure from League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.

The front man helped fire Northampton Town to promotion last season whilst on loan at Sixfields and he certainly knows where the net is, having averaged a goal around every three games over his career.

Collins has made a pretty productive start to life in West Sussex and has hit the net six times already this season to help steer Town towards the top of the League Two table.

Last Meeting
Crawley Town 0
Pools 0
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 19th March 2016

Crawley Town: Jones, Oyebanjo, Bradley, Ashton, Dunne, Edwards, Bond (Walton 68), Sutherland, Della-Verde (Tomlin 81), McAlinden (Fenelon 69), Harrold.
Subs not used: Preston, Yorwerth, Young, Barnard.

Pools: Carson, Magnay, Bates, Jackson, Carroll, Featherstone, Hawkins (Walker 84), Gray, Thomas, Paynter, James.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Woods, Richards, Laurent, Bingham, Oates.

Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be only the fifth competitive meeting between the two clubs and Pools have yet to register a victory against Crawley.

The Red Devils have enjoyed victories on both of their previous visits to Hartlepool, though Pools have at least taken a point on their two trips to Town’s Broadfield Stadium.

Referee
Robert Jones is the man armed with the whistle this weekend for that will be the first occasion he has refereed either Pools or Crawley Town.

The official has only just been promoted to the EFL list for the start of this season after spending the previous two campaigns overseeing games in the National League.

His most recent outing came at The Valley last weekend when he took charge of Rochdale’s 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic in League One.

Live Commentary
Pools PlayerHD will carry live and uninterrupted online commentary of Saturday’s game as Brian Honour joins Mark Simpson in the press box from 2.50pm.

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.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
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.

Betting
.Sky BetPools are rated an even money shot for three points on Saturday, with visitors Crawley available at odds of 14/5 and the draw priced at 12/5 with our friends at


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