We turn our attentions to this evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of Barrow's visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Barrow AFC
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 7.45pm
Barrow enjoyed a superb first half to 2016/17 but could not match that consistency in the closing stages and ended up falling just short of a play-off place.
They’re backed by an ambitious Dallas-based businessman who has eyes on taking the club in to the EFL but they’ve made a slower start to the new campaign.
Paul Cox left Holker Street as a result and was replaced by his assistant Micky Moore, initially on a caretaker basis before he was installed permanently two weeks ago.
Barrow have only tasted victory twice this season but they have provided stubborn opposition, particularly at home where they only lost their unbeaten record on Saturday when they were defeated by Maidstone United.
Moore’s methods are starting to take hold and they do have an abundance of talent in the squad so they aren’t to be taken lightly and can be expected to be much higher in the table, especially when their injury list clears.
One To Watch
Former Pools star Dan Jones has found a home at the heart of Barrow’s defence since making the switch to Holker Street during the summer.
Jones made 41 appearances for Pools prior to his release in 2016 and, after an unhappy spell at Grimsby Town, he’s flourishing with the Bluebirds.
He’s started every game so far and he’s also proved a threat in the opposition box to score two goals so Pools will have to marshall him well on his return to The Vic this evening.
Head To Head
Tonight will be the 86th competitive meeting between the two sides – but the first in over 45 years.
The last time Pools played Barrow it was April 1972 and the Bluebirds ran out 2-0 winners at Holker Street against a Pools line-up which included the likes of Alan Goad, Bill Green, Malcolm Dawes, Willie Waddell and Neil Warnock.
Pools have the edge historically having won 34 times in comparison to Barrow’s 32 victories and you have to go back to 1968 to find their last win at The Vic.
Barrow also have the dubious honour of being the side against whom Pools registered their record league win – a 10-1 win at The Vic in 1959.
Joe Hull will be in charge of this evening’s game as he makes his first-ever visit to Victoria Park in a refereeing capacity.
Another of the new officials to be promoted to the National League list of referees this season, Hull has presided over four fixtures so far.
His most recent appointment was in Wrexham’s 1-1 draw with Guiseley a fortnight ago, while he also refereed Barrow’s 2-1 home win over Boreham Wood at the start of last month during which he sent off Bluebirds midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey.
Pools legend Brian Honour is back behind the mic this weekend when he joins Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live online commentary of the game.
The duo will be on-air from 7.35pm to set the scene and then guide you through all the action as it unfolds as Craig Harrison’s men host the Bluebirds.
Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office.
Fans will be able to buy tickets prior to the game from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or from our two Matchday Ticket Offices.
There will be no cash turnstiles for Pools fans but we have introduced a method by which supporters can buy tickets on their cards directly at the gate.