We turn our attentions to the season finale with a full and in-depth preview of Doncaster Rovers visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Doncaster Rovers
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 6th May 2017
Doncaster Rovers arrive at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium already safe in the knowledge that they will be playing League One football in the 2017/18 campaign.
Darren Ferguson’s men have looked title contenders for the majority of the season but they have hit a sticky run of form since securing promotion at the start of last month.
They have lost their last three games and the run has seen them slip to second in the table behind Plymouth Argyle who will clinch the title if they can win at Grimsby Town on Saturday.
Rovers experience at League Two level both in the dugout and on the pitch has set them apart from most during the course of the campaign and Ferguson is already focused on ensuring they make a successful return to the higher level.
James Coppinger made 25 appearances for Pools during two loan spells with the Club during the early 2000s and it was evident even in those days he was blessed with great ability.
The Middlesbrough-born star has gone on to become a Doncaster Rovers legend after joining the Club back in 2004 and last September he passed 500 appearances for the Club.
In his Pools days he was a pacey winger or centre-forward but this season he’s been given more freedom to roam just behind the attack from where he has chipped in with an impressive ten goals.
Doncaster Rovers 2 (Marquis 23, Mandeville 90)
Pools 1 (Amond pen 42)
Saturday 19th November 2017
Sky Bet League Two
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi (Etheridge 22), Alcock, Baudry, Butler, Mason, Rowe, Houghton, Blair, Coppinger (Keegan 89), Marquis, Mandeville.
Subs not used: Garrett, Wright, Evina, Longbottom, Beestin.
Pools: Carson, Richards, Bates, Nsiala, Carroll, Featherstone, Deverdics (Jones 88), Hawkins (Woods 63), Laurent, Amond, Alessandra (Paynter 82).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Harrison, Oates, Orrell.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be 100th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Doncaster have the edge historically having won 38 times in comparison to Pools’ 33 triumphs.
Rovers have won the last two games the teams have played, though it took a last-minute winner from Liam Mandeville when Pools travelled to The Keepmoat Stadium in November.
Pools’ last win in the fixture came back in August 2007 when goals from Godwin Antwi and Richard Barker helped Danny Wilson’s men to three points despite a late red card for Robbie Elliott.
Mark Brown will be back at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium for a second time this season to referee his ninth Pools game overall.
The official last took charge of Pools as recently as April when he was on the whistle for our 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth on home soil.
Brown’s most recent appointment came at Walsall last weekend when he saw MK Dons defeat The Saddlers 4-1 at The Banks’s Stadium.
Pools legend Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson for full live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 5.20pm.
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.
Click here now for more information on Pools PlayerHD.
Tickets for Pools fans have been reduced to £5 and have been selling very quickly – though fans are advised that there will be no sales on the day of the game due to Police advice.
Only standing tickets remain and fans have until 5.30pm on Friday to buy them from The Northern Gas and Power Ticket Office or online by clicking here.
Pools have been installed as a 29/10 shot for three points this weekend, with Doncaster priced as 17/20 favourites and a draw rated 11/4 with our friends at Sky Bet.