We look ahead to this weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of our Sky Bet League Two trip to Yeovil Town.
Yeovil Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 10th September 2016
Having beaten Notts County 2-0 at Huish Park on the opening day of the season, Yeovil Town have struggled for points since and currently lie second-bottom in the League Two table.
The Glovers have actually lost each of their last four games in League Two, though a thrilling 4-3 win over Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy last Tuesday helped to lift spirits slightly.
However, boss Darren Way will need to work out how to shore up a defence which has leaked 14 goals in the last four games if they are to climb the table in the coming weeks.
A 3-0 home defeat to Blackpool last time out left the Town chief questioning his players’ “hunger, desire and commitment” and those are commodities he will want to see in abundance this weekend.
Matty Dolan has started every game so far this season for Yeovil Town and it looks likely that the midfield man will be crucial as they look to drive their way up the League Two table.
Still only 23, Dolan is well-known to Pools fans after the Hartlepool-born schemer enjoyed loan spells at The Vic in both 2013/14 and 2014/15.
Comfortable on the ball and blessed with great vision, the midfield star is already off the mark for the season in terms of goals too having hit then net in their 2-0 extra-time win at Walsall in the EFL Cup.
The former Middlesbrough man is always keen to do well when he comes up against Pools and this weekend will be no different as both sides look to recover from disappointing defeats.
Hartlepool United 2 (Paynter pen 58, Jackson 71)
Yeovil Town 1 (Zoko 90)
Saturday 13th February 2016
Pools: Carson, Richards, Jackson, Bates, D Jones, Featherstone (Magnay 62), Gray, Woods, Thomas (Bingham 63), Paynter (Fenwick 81), James.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Carroll, Harrison, Hawkins.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Smith (s/o 79), Sokolik, Dickson, Roberts, Tozer, Dolan (Gillett 73), Compton (Cornick 26), Walsh, Bird (Campbell 72), Zoko.
Subs not used: Weale, Lacey, Ward, Laird.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the 18th competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have the edge historically having won on eight occasions in comparison to Yeovil’s six victories.
Pools completed the league double over The Glovers last term with a pair of 2-1 wins, while the Somerset outfit have tasted victory just twice in the last nine encounters.
Huish Park has been a reasonable hunting ground for Pools in recent years too – we’ve brought home three points in three of our last four visits there.
Charles Breakspear will be in charge of only his third-ever Pools game when he is the man on the whistle for our trip to Yeovil Town.
The official last oversaw one of our games when we were beaten 2-0 at Stevenage last August, while he was also in charge for our 2-2 draw at Bristol Rovers in September 2013.
This term he’s been busy covering games in League One and League Two, handing out 34 yellow cards and two red cards in his seven outings so far.
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have installed Yeovil Town as 11/8 favourites for three points on Saturday, while you can get a decent 2/1 on Pools to take the win and a draw is priced at 23/10.Sky Bet