We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's game at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Yeovil Town
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 4th February 2017
Yeovil Town ended a run of nine league games without a win in glorious fashion on Tuesday evening when they defeated rivals Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park.
The victory means The Glovers arrive at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium this weekend sitting 15th in the League Two table, five points ahead of Pools.
Darren Way has been active in the loan market this week to capture Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Owain Jones and Kabongo Tshimanga but the Town boss must juggle the trio within selection rules for loan players.
Away from home, the Somerset outfit have often proved stubborn opposition – while they’ve won just twice on their travels, they’ve also picked up five draws.
Artur Krysiak has been the mainstay of the Yeovil line-up this season with the experienced goalkeeper the only ever-present.
A former Birmingham City trainee, Krysiak is approaching 300 senior games in British football which has included spells at Exeter City and Burton Albion.
The 27-year-old Polish-born shot-stopper arrived at Huish Park in the summer of 2014 and has been a regular between the sticks ever since.
Yeovil Town 1 (Butcher 56)
Pools 2 (Thomas 67, 90)
Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Shephard, Smith, Lacey, Butcher, Dolan, Dawson, Lawless (Whitfield 84), Khan (Campbell 77), Eaves (McLeod 77), Hedges.
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, Ezewelle, Copp.
Hartlepool United: Carson, Magnay, Jones (Alessandra 46), Nsiala, Harrison, Donnelly, Featherstone, Thomas, Hawkins (Deverdics 86), Laurent, Amond (Fewster 77).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Richards, Paynter, Heardman.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 19th competitive meeting between the sides and Pools have the edge, given they’ve won nine times in comparison to Yeovil’s six victories.
Pools are seeking their fourth straight win over The Glovers having won the last three encounters 2-1, including that dramatic triumph at Huish Park back in September.
We usually get a result one way or another when the two teams meet – there has been just one draw in the last eleven meetings.
Michael Salisbury will take charge of his second Pools game when he is on the whistle for Saturday’s game against Yeovil Town.
The official’s only other time on the whistle for a Pools fixture came in the opening month of the campaign when Notts County won 2-1 at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
His last outing came last weekend when he was the man in charge for Carlisle United’s 1-1 draw with Barnet at Brunton Park.
Defender Carl Magnay will join Mark Simpson for live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.
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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.
Click here for full details on buying tickets for this game.
Pools are rated 19/10 for the victory on Saturday with visitors Yeovil Town installed as 7/5 favourites and the draw priced at 9/4 with our friends at Sky Bet.