We turn our attentions to the FA Cup with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's trip to The Globe Arena.
Morecambe v Hartlepool United
Emirates FA Cup First Round
Saturday 4th November 2017, 3pm
The Globe Arena
Morecambe’s 2-0 defeat at Forest Green last weekend saw them drop in to the relegation zone in League Two amidst a run of just one win in their last nine outings.
Jim Bentley’s men clambered clear of danger last term but he will know they need to produce more positive form if they are not to be looking over their shoulders again during 2016/17.
With that in mind, the distraction of the FA Cup will be welcome for the popular Shrimps boss who has now been in charge at The Globe Arena for more than six years.
They’ve won just two of their eight home league fixtures so far this season but Bentley will hope that a strong performance against Pools can be the catalyst for his side’s campaign to take off.
One To Watch
Kevin Ellison may be approaching 39 but his threat remains and his will to win makes him a real danger as Pools head to The Globe Arena this weekend.
The tall and aggressive Scouser has already hit the net four times this season but he plays on the edge, highlighted by his recent red card in Morecambe’s 1-0 defeat to Crawley Town.
Now clear of suspension, the veteran star will be hoping he can find his best form and help The Shrimps progress in the FA Cup and also climb away from trouble at the base of League Two.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the tenth competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have the edge historically having won six times in comparison to Morecambe’s two victories.
The Shrimps won on penalties in the first-ever meeting in 2007 and also won at The Vic in League Two action in December 2014.
However, Pools have an excellent record at The Globe Arena where they remain undefeated in four visits of which three have ended in victories.
The last encounter between the sides ended in a draw but prior to that Pools had won the last four in succession against the Lancashire outfit.
Tom Nield will take charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our FA Cup tie against Morecambe.
The official has overseen eight fixtures in total so far this term having been on the National League list of referees for the two previous seasons as well.
His most recent outing actually came up in League One when he presided over Walsall’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool at The Banks’s Stadium.
Mark Simpson will be on air on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm on Saturday as we bring you live commentary of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at The Globe Arena.
Tickets will remain on sale from The Vic until 3pm on Friday, while they will also be available to Pools fans prior to kick-off at The Globe Arena.