We look ahead to Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of Grimsby Town's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Grimsby Town
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 7th January 2017
Grimsby Town have enjoyed a solid first season back in the EFL this term following their six-year absence and currently sit 12th in the League Two table.
They’ve had to cope with the loss of promotion-winning manager Paul Hurst to Shrewsbury Town earlier in the season but Marcus Bignot has come in as the new boss and has overseen an upturn in form in recent weeks.
The Mariners arrive in the North-East unbeaten in three after complementing four points from two homes games over Christmas with an eye-catching win at Carlisle United on Monday.
Bignot has been able to strengthen his hand with the signings of Mansfield Town forward Adi Yussuf and Greenock Morton defender Gavin Gunning and will hope to have them both available to face Pools on Saturday.
Omar Bogle is being linked with teams in higher divisions after enjoying an outstanding introduction to life in the EFL with Grimsby Town this season.
The powerful front man has blasted sixteen goals as The Mariners won promotion last term and has been on fire in League Two this season, hitting the net 18 times already.
The 24-year-old scored twice in Monday’s impressive away win at Carlisle United and if Pools can nullify his threat this weekend then they will have gone a long way to getting themselves a result.
Grimsby Town 0
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 1st October 2016
Grimsby Town: McKeown, Davies, Andrew, Pearson, Collins, Vose (Berrett 76), Summerfield, Comley, Chambers (Bolarinwa 7), Bogle, Tuton (Vernon 76).
Subs not used: Henderson, Gowling, Mills, Jackson.
Hartlepool United: Carson, Richards, Nsiala, Donnelly, Carroll, Deverdics (Harrison 82), Hawkins, Laurent, Alessandra, Thomas (Fewster 75), Amond (Paynter 82).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Martin, Green, Heardman.
Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be the 48th competitive meeting between the two sides and Grimsby have enjoyed the better of it historically having won 22 times in comparison to Pools’ 18 victories.
However, Pools have done the double over The Mariners in the last two campaigns in which they’ve shared a division and could do so again with a win on Saturday.
Town were victorious on their last visit to The Vic back in 2009, running out 2-0 winners in a Football League Trophy tie.
Darren Drysdale will be in the man in the middle for Saturday’s game against Grimsby Town, making his first visit of the season to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
In all, the experienced official has overseen thirteen previous Pools fixtures, with the most recent coming twelve months ago when we were beaten 3-1 at home by Accrington Stanley.
Drysdale first refereed Pools as far back as 2004 when he oversaw our 2-1 defeat to Walsall at The Bescot Stadium.
Pools PlayerHD will carry live and uninterrupted online commentary of Saturday’s game from 2.50pm with Mark Simpson and Brian Honour.
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 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.
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