We turn our attentions to Good Friday with a full and in-depth preview of Carlisle United's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Carlisle United
Sky Bet League Two
Friday 14th April 2017
After getting out of the blocks quickly again this season, Carlisle United have hit a stutter in form during recent weeks which is putting their pursuit of promotion under threat.
At one stage, Keith Curle’s men were comfortably seated in the automatic promotion spots but their recent sequence of just one win in nine has left them clinging to the last play-off position.
Their excellent 2-0 win at Yeovil Town at the start of the month was a welcome boost but they threw away a 1-0 lead to lose at home to in-form Notts County at the weekend.
Goals have been hard to come by during that troublesome sequence so the Carlisle boss will be happy to see both Jabo Ibehre and influential midfielder Jason Kennedy back to fitness for the final month.
Jabo Ibehre made a goalscoring return from injury at the weekend and the powerful front man is in line for a recall to Keith Curle’s starting eleven to face Pools on Friday.
The 6ft 4ins striker joined The Cumbrians last summer and got off to a dream start, scoring 17 goals in all competitions during his debut season at Brunton Park.
He’s in to double figures again this term and will look to form the focal part of their attack as they seek to recapture their best form for the season run-in.
Carlisle United 3 (Ibehre 20, Grainger 68, Raynes 79)
Pools 2 (Alessandra 66, Amond 75)
Saturday 15th October 2016
Sky Bet League Two
Carlisle United: Gillespie, Grainger, Raynes, Gillesphey, T Miller, Joyce, Kennedy, Jones, Adams (Asamoah 70 (Brisley 83)), Ibehre (Wyke 58), S Miller (s/o 56).
Subs not used: Crocombe, Ellis, Devitt, Lambe.
Pools: Carson, Richards (Paynter 60), Harrison, Nsiala, Carroll (Woods 83), Donnelly, Hawkins, Laurent, Thomas, Amond, Alessandra.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Martin, Deverdics, Orrell, Heardman.
Head To Head
This Friday’s game will be the 101st competitive meeting between the clubs and it’s The Cumbrians who have the edge, having won 48 times in comparison to Pools’ 48 victories.
The Brunton Park outfit have enjoyed great fortunes in this fixture over recent years – they have won on six of the last seven occasions that the sides have met and scored three times five of the last six.
It’s a game which usually provides plenty of entertainment and goals, indeed there hasn’t been a goalless draw between the sides since back in May 1999.
Carl Boyeson will be a familiar figure for Pools fans by now, given that the experienced official has refereed some 25 of our games over the years.
His 26th will come on Good Friday when he’s on the whistle for Carlisle United’s visit, with his last trip to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium coming back in December when Cambridge United ran out 5-0 winners.
Boyeson saw the better side of Pools last April when he was the man in the middle for our memorable 5-2 triumph over Morecambe at The Globe Arena.
Pools legend Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson for full live commentary of Friday’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.
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Tickets for all areas of the ground for Friday’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.
Pools are rated 7/4 for three points on Friday, while Carlisle are installed as slight 6/4 favourites and the draw is priced at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.