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Preview: Workington v Pools

15 December 2017

Workington v Hartlepool United Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Workington v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the FA Trophy with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's First Round tie at Borough Park

Workington v Hartlepool United
Buildbase FA Trophy
Saturday 16th December 2017, 3pm
Borough Park

In Opposition
A gritty performance at the weekend against Mickleover Sports helped Workington extend their unbeaten run to thirteen games and strengthen their push for promotion from Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Lee Andrews’ men are now fifth in the table but just five points behind leaders Altrincham so will be coming in to the game against Pools in good spirits on Saturday.

The Reds are a couple of divisions below Pools in the pyramid but will hope to spring a surprise when the sides meet in competition action for the first time in over 40 years this weekend.

Form Guide
Workington:
WWDWWW
Pools: DLWLLL

Head To Head
The sides played a pre-season friendly at Borough Park in July 2011 but there hasn’t been a competitive fixture since February 1977 when the clubs last shared a division.

Pools won that last encounter at The Vic 2-0 thanks to a strike from Barry Endean and an own goal from Workington defender Ian Johnston.

Overall, Pools have a good record against The Reds having won eight of the 14 competitive meetings between the sides and they have lost to them on just two occasions in the past.

The only cup tie between the sides came in the League Cup of 1974/75 when Pools ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Kevin McMahon and Allan Gauden.

Referee
Simeon Lucas will take charge of his third Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our FA Trophy trip to Workington.

The official was last in the middle for one of our fixtures when we drew 0-0 at Boreham Wood last month, whilst he also presided over our 2-0 defeat to AFC Fylde at The Vic in August.

His most recent outing came at FC Halifax Town a fortnight ago when he oversaw Barrow’s 1-0 triumph over The Shaymen.

Live Coverage
Pools fans will be able to follow the action with full live commentary on Pools PlayerHD as we link-up with our friends at BBC Tees once again.

Click here for information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
There are no tickets available to Pools fans on the day of the game so if you want to be there you have to buy in advance from The Vic by 4pm on Friday.

Click here for full information for Saturday’s game.

Competition Rules
If the game is all-square at the end of ninety minutes then a replay will be played at Victoria Park on Tuesday 19th December (7.45pm kick-off).

Both managers can name five substitutes and use a maximum of three in the game.

Match Odds
Workington 7/2
Pools 7/10
Draw 11/4


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