We turn our attentions to the weekend action with a full and in-depth preview of Macclesfield Town's visit to The Vic.
Hartlepool United v Macclesfield Town
Vanarama National League
Saturday 2nd December 2017, 3pm
Macclesfield Town will arrive at Victoria Park in good spirits, sitting fourth in the table and boasting the best away record of any team in the National League.
Their seven victories on the road has been the platform upon which boss John Askey has built their challenge for promotion and if they can work out a way of matching that form on home soil then they could press home their credentials as potential champions.
The Silkmen haved plied their trade outside the Football League since relegation in 2012 but, after finishing well short of a play-off spot last term, Askey has them right in contention this time around.
Town have a small squad but it’s packed with talent and their results over the course of the season so far has meant that three successive draws has not seen them lose too much ground at the top.
The nature of the table means Pools could move within four points of their visitors with a win this weekend but if things go Town’s way they could be top of the pile again come 5pm.
One To Watch
Scott Wilson has emerged as a key goal-getter for Macclesfield Town this season and is currently their top scorer with seven National League strikes to his name so far.
Signed from Eastleigh during the summer, Wilson has been a reliable scorer at non-league level over the years and ended a run of five games without a goal when he notched in the 2-2 draw with Tranmere last Tuesday.
He was on the bench for last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Maidenhead United but could be pressing his claims for a return to the starting eleven when Town travel to face Pools at The Vic on Saturday.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 19th competitive meeting between the two sides and Macclesfield have the edge historically having won seven times in comparison to Pools’ six triumphs.
The Silkmen’s last trip to The Vic came back in February 2007 and proved a fairly dramatic affair as they came from 2-0 down to level things up before a late own goal from David Morley ensured all the points for promotion-bound Pools.
Five of the previous 18 meetings have ended in draws, including when the sides met at Moss Rose in the first week of the current campaign as Jake Cassidy’s first goal for Pools ensured a 1-1 result.
Thomas Bramall will be back for his second visit to Victoria Park this weekend having previously been on the whistle for our 1-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in September.
The official is in to his second season as a National League referee and has taken charge of eight games so far during 2017/18.
Bramall’s most recent appointment came three weeks ago when he saw Tranmere Rovers defeat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 at Prenton Park.
Pools legend Brian Honour will join Mark Simpson in the Victoria Park press box to provide live commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the world.
The duo will be on-air from The Vic from 2.50pm on Saturday so if you can’t get along to the game, make sure you join the lads to stay right up to date.
Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office.
Fans will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or from our two Matchday Ticket Offices.
There will be no cash turnstiles for Pools fans but we have introduced a method by which supporters can buy tickets on their cards directly at the gate.