We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Pools' first ever visit to Bromley.
Bromley v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 19th August 2017, 3pm
After winning the National League South title in 2014/15, Bromley have gone on to comfortably establish themselves in non-league’s top tier during the last two seasons.
The Ravens finished 10th last term despite making a relatively slow start but they’ve been quicker out of the blocks this time around and currently lie fourth in the table.
Former Spurs trainee Neil Smith is the man in charge of The Ravens, who were further boosted by Tuesday’s eye-catching 6-1 triumph over Leyton Orient in midweek.
They remain unbeaten in their four games so far having won twice and drawn twice so they’ll be full of confidence as they welcome Pools to Hayes Lane this weekend.
One To Watch
Josh Rees has settled in quickly to life at Hayes Lane and has hit the ground running since becoming a Bromley player during the summer.
The former Arsenal schoolboy has already found the net three times this term, including one in Tuesday’s 6-1 shock hammering of Leyton Orient.
Rees, whose talent was nurtured by Nottingham Forest between 2013 and 2016, is obviously in great form and Pools will hope to keep the 23-year-old quiet this weekend.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the first time that Pools and Bromley have ever met in competitive action.
Savvas Yianni will take charge of his first-ever Pools fixture this weekend after stepping up to the National League list of referees for the new campaign.
He made his debut in the middle during Dagenham & Redbridge’s 2-1 win at Boreham Wood last Tuesday and will return to action at Hayes Lane this weekend.
We’ll be linking-up with BBC Tees to provide Pools PlayerHD subscribers with full live commentary of Saturday’s game against Bromley at Hayes Lane.
Tickets will be available on the turnstiles at Hayes Lane prior to kick-off at the weekend.