We look ahead to this weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of our League Two trip to Grimsby Town.
Grimsby Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 1st October 2016
Grimsby Town can perhaps be labelled as one of the surprise packages of League Two so far this season having stormed in to the play-off positions on the back of an excellent start.
Having returned to the EFL following a six-year absence, Paul Hurst’s men took a while to adjust to their new surroundings but, after a slow start, have now lost just once in their last six league outings.
Boosted by the goals of in-form Omar Bogle, The Mariners have been able to deal with the loss of Padraig Amond who, of course, joined Pools in the summer having scored 37 times for Town last season.
Long trips to Exeter and Cambridge await the Lincolnshire outfit in the coming weeks so they will be hoping to make the most of their home advantage against Pools in front of an expected 5,000-plus crowd at Blundell Park.
Omar Bogle has enjoyed a dream start to life in the EFL and has helped himself to a stunning nine goals to lead the way at the top of the League Two scoring charts.
The 24-year-old had previously spent the rest of his career in the non-league scene, having been signed by Grimsby from Solihull Motors in the summer of 2015.
Bogle smashed a hat-trick in their 5-2 thrashing of Stevenage at the end of August before scoring both goals in their eye-catching win at Luton Town last month.
He comes in to this weekend’s game in extremely high spirits too having netted the only goal in each of the 1-0 wins over Mansfield Town and Newport County.
Hartlepool United 0
Grimsby Town 2 (Sweeney 6, Proudlock 34)
Football League Trophy
Tuesday 6th October 2009
Pools: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Haslam, Humphreys, McSweeney (Boyd 63), Rowell, Liddle, Monkhouse, Larkin, Bjornsson (Behan 63).
Grimsby Town: Colgan, Bennett, Widdowson, Wood, Atkinson, Boshell (s/o 81), Fuller (Akpa Akpro 30), Forbes, Proudlock (Leary 83), Sweeney, Jarman (Clark 77).
Head To Head
This weekend’s fixture will be the 47th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Pools are playing catch-up having won only 17 times in comparison to Grimsby’s 22 victories.
The Mariners ran out 2-0 winners when the sides last played in the Football League Trophy in 2009, though Pools did the double over them when the clubs last shared a division back in 2006/07.
Pools also beat them twice during the 2003/04 campaign, a 2-0 win at Blundell Park in March 2004 backing up that memorable 8-1 triumph at The Vic in September 2003.
Chris Sarginson will be in charge of his first Pools game of the season when he is the man in the middle for our trip to Blundell Park this weekend.
He last oversaw one of our fixtures when we overcame Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 in March, though he’s brought us little luck in encounters prior to that.
Sarginson was the official when we were beaten 4-0 at Portsmouth last December, while he was also on the whistle for the 6-1 defeat at Chesterfield in 2012 and our 5-0 loss to MK Dons in 2010.
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Pools are rated a 16/5 shot for three points on Saturday, with hosts Grimsby installed as 17/20 favourites and the draw available at odds of 13/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.