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Preview: Pools v Barnet

21 April 2017

We look ahead to Saturday's game with a full and in-depth preview of Barnet's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

Hartlepool United v Barnet
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Kick-Off: 3pm

In Opposition
Barnet threatened to gate-crash the play-off places at the turn of the year when a run of six wins from eight moved them in to League Two’s top seven.

However, a dramatic dip in from after that which has seen them collect just two wins since cost boss Kevin Nugent his job last weekend, with Rossi Eames installed as caretaker for a second time.

His first game in charge on Easter Monday saw Wycombe Wanderers keep their own play-off hopes alive by inflicting The Bees’ fourth consecutive defeat and they’ll be hoping to restore some pride when they make the trip to the North-East on Saturday.

Star Man
John Akinde is the man Pools will most need to keep quiet this weekend – and if they do that, it will take them a long way towards a much-needed victory.

The powerful front man has been in ruthless form for much of the campaign and he is second in the League Two scorers’ charts with 24 goals to his name.

Signed from Alfreton in the summer of 2014, Akinde has now blasted 80 goals for The Bees in the three seasons since, leading to rumours of interest from clubs in higher divisions.

Last Meeting
Barnet 3 (Akinde pen 68, Gambin 76, Batt 79)
Pools 2 (Thomas 31, Amond 51)
Saturday 29th October 2016
Sky Bet League Two

Barnet: Vickers, Dembele, N’Gala, Nelson, Taylor (Akpa Akpro 61), Gambin, Kyei, Champion, Vilhete, Akinde, Tomlinson.
Subs not used: Stephens, Sesay, Muggleton, Nicholls.

Pools: Carson, Donnelly (s/o 68), Nsiala, Harrison, Carroll, Featherstone, Hawkins (Deverdics 86), Laurent, Thomas (Richards 76), Amond, Alessandra.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Martin, Woods, Orrell, Paynter.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 22nd competitive meeting between the two sides and both have won eight of the previous encounters with the five other games ending all-square.

The Bees came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 when the sides met at The Hive earlier this season to gain revenge for Pools’ 3-1 triumph there last term.

The last time Pools beat Barnet on home soil was back in December 2000 when a Craig Midgley hat-trick sent Chris Turner’s men on their way to a 6-1 victory.

Referee
Trevor Kettle may be a familiar name to Pools fans but he hasn’t officiated one of our games since February 2014 when he saw us beat Newport County 3-0 at The Vic.

In all he’s refereed nine Pools games and we’ve won on the last four occasions – including an FA Cup replay triumph at Vauxhall Motors in 2010 and a 2-0 victory at Swindon Town in 2009.

Kettle’s most recent assignment was on Easter Monday when he oversaw Oxford United’s 2-0 win over Port Vale at The Kassam Stadium.

Live Commentary
Pools legend Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson for full live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD 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.


Betting
Pools have been installed as 6/4 favourites for the three points this weekend with visitors Barnet a 9/5 shot and the draw priced at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.


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