We look ahead to Saturday's game with a full and in-depth preview of Mansfield Town's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Mansfield Town
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 17th September 2016
Mansfield Town arrive in the north-east fighting against a growing injury list and looking to arrest a run of form which has seen them fail to score in four of their last five games.
The Stags are still above Pools in the League Two table though, having started the season in encouraging fashion and enjoying a strong August during which they won three times and climbed in to a play-off position.
Like Pools, Adam Murray’s men have been more fluent on their travels than on home soil and, with wins under their belts at Newport and Leyton Orient, they are not to be taken lightly.
Matt Green has already hit the net three times this season and the experienced front man looks certain to be one of Mansfield Town’s key players during the campaign.
After scoring sixteen times in his first season back with the club to further enhance his standing with Stags supporters and he’s sure to be one that Pools will have to keep quite this weekend.
The 6ft front man – who had a brief loan spell with Darlington back in 2007 - scored twice against Pools in Town’s 3-1 win at The One Call Stadium last November.
Pools 2 (Paynter pen 24, pen 85)
Mansfield Town 1 (Daniel 76)
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 2nd April 2016
Pools: Carson, Magnay, Bates, Jackson, Carroll, Gray (Woods 81), Featherstone, Hawkins, Thomas (R Jones 69), Payner, James (Bingham 83).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Walker, Richards, Oates.
Mansfield Town: Shearer, Benning, Pearce (s/o 24), Collins, Tafazolli, Chapman, Clements (Daniel 39), Blair, Thomas, Green, Diseruvwe (Alfei 29 (Beardsley 86)).
Subs not used: Jensen, Rose, Lambe, Baxendale.
Head To Head
This weekend will be the 88th competitive meeting between the two sides and Mansfield have the edge historically having won 41 times in comparison to Pools’ 30 successes.
Last season’s game both went with home advantage as Pools avenged a 3-1 defeat at The One Call Stadium in November by taking all three points in a 2-1 return fixture at The Vic.
Of the 87 previous encounters, only four have been played during the month of September – and Pools have tasted victory in all four so will be hoping to continue that trend on Saturday.
While draws aren’t uncommon in this fixture, goalless draws are – there has only ever been one 0-0 between the sides and it came back in October 1984.
Darren Handley will take charge of Saturday’s game in what will be his first trip of the season to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
In total, this will be the sixth time that Handley has overseen a Pools fixture and he was also in charge when we hosted Mansfield back in 2014/15 – and got three crucial points.
More recently, Handley was on the whistle for our trip to Barnet in March when Craig Hignett’s men ran out impressive 3-1 winners.
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.
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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, while online sales will end at 12noon on Friday 16th September.
Two cash-only Matchday Ticket Offices are opening for the first time this weekend – 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 1pm and remain open until kick-off.
Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.
Work has been done on the Club’s turnstiles and Season Ticket holders will now be able to gain access using their new cards.
Click here for full details on buying tickets for this game.
Pools have been installed as 6/4 favourites for the three points on Saturday, with visitors Mansfield rated a 7/4 shot and the draw priced up at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.