We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's visit to Cheltenham Town.
Cheltenham Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 29th April 2017
Cheltenham Town go in to Saturday’s showdown with Pools knowing that a point will see them secure their status in League Two.
However, if Pools were to go there and win it would pile the pressure on the Gloucestershire outfit who would then potentially need a result at already-promoted Portsmouth on the final day.
The Robins have won just twice in their last ten outings in the league, a run which has seen them drift a little closer to the relegation trapdoor than they had hoped at the end of February.
Boss Gary Johnson underwent heart surgery in March and doctors have ruled against him being in attendance at Saturday’s game so Assistant Manager Russell Milton will continue in charge.
Harry Pell has emerged as a key figure for Cheltenham Town since arriving on a free transfer from AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2015.
The 6ft 4ins midfielder has chipped in with an important nine goals in all competitions and will be hoping to add to that tally as Town attempt to scramble to survival.
Pell has missed only four league games all season, all through suspension – the whole-hearted performer has amassed 14 yellow cards in the league and been sent-off once.
Pools 2 (Alessandra 45, Bates 79)
Cheltenham Town 0
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 12th November 2016
Pools: Carson (Bartlett 37), Donnelly (Harrison 88), Bates, Nsiala, Carroll, Featherstone, Deverdics (Woods 82), Hawkins, Laurent, Alessandra, Amond.
Subs not used: Richards, Paynter, Oates, Orrell.
Cheltenham Town: Griffiths, Downes, Parslow, Cranston, O’Shaughnessy, Dickie, Pell, Munns (Holman 58), Dayton (Arthur 87), Waters (Morgan-Smith 80), Wright.
Subs not used: Kitscha, Barthram, Lymn, Whitehead.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the 19th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Town have the edge having won eight in comparison to Pools’ five triumphs.
Pools have actually won the last three encounters without conceding a goal, though all three of those games have been on home soil.
Away from home it’s been a little trickier – you have to go back to January 2001 for Pools’ last win at Whaddon Road, a 2-1 success thanks to goals from Kevin Henderson and James Sharp.
It will be Ben Toner’s sixth Pools fixture this weekend when he is the referee for our trip to face Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.
His most recent Pools appointment came in February when he presided over our 2-1 defeat to Colchester United at The Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Prior to that, he was also oversaw our 3-3 draw at Crewe Alexandra in August as well as our FA Cup win over East Thurrock United back in 2014/15.
Pools PlayerHD will once again be providing full live online commentary of Saturday’s game at Cheltenham Town 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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Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for the game on the day at Whaddon Road either from the cash-only turnstiles or from The Robins’ Ticket Office if you want to pay by card.
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Cheltenham are listed as 21/20 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Pools priced at 13/5 and the draw available at odds of 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.