We look ahead to Tuesday evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of Tranmere Rovers' visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Tranmere Rovers
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 24th October 2017, 7.45pm
Tranmere Rovers are looking to make it third time lucky this season as they aim to secure a route back in to the Football League.
The Birkenhead outfit were mightily unlucky not to go up last term when their club record haul of 95 points wasn’t enough to see them above Lincoln City and they went on to suffer Play-Off Final heartache to Forest Green.
It’s a setback from which Rovers have struggled to fully recover from as yet and their form has been nowhere near as consistent as they produced during 2016/17.
However, they’re only three points behind Pools in a congested National League table and boss Micky Mellon will remain confident that his side can put together a run to see them firmly in the promotion picture come May.
One To Watch
An ever-present in the heart of Tranmere Rovers’ midfield this season, Ollie Norburn has hit the ground running since being the first of Micky Mellon’s summer signings.
Norburn spent last season on the books at fellow National League outfit Macclesfield Town and caught the eye by scoring twice against Rovers in the FA Trophy before also finding the net in the Final at Wembley.
Having come through the ranks at Leicester City, he gained Football League experience with Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle before dropping in to non-league at Moss Rose.
Head To Head
Tuesday evening's game will be the 125th competitive meeting between the two sides but the first since January 2015.
Both fixtures in 2014/15 ended in draws, in fact five of the last nine meeting between the sides have resulted in a share in the spoils.
Home fixtures haven't been particularly easy to come by in this fixture in recent years - you have to go back to 2009 - nine meetings ago - for the last victory on home soil.
We’ve got another new referee visiting The Vic on Tuesday evening as Andrew Miller officiates his first-ever Pools game.
Miller is in to his second season on the National League list of referees and Tuesday’s game will be the eighth he’s overseen so far during 2017/18.
The official’s last outing was at Barrow a fortnight ago when they drew 2-2 with Leyton Orient, whilst he was also in the middle for Tranmere’s 0-0 draw at Guiseley in September, during which he sent off Rovers’ Jeff Hughes.
Pools’ former Tranmere Rovers striker Jake Cassidy will join Mark Simpson for full live commentary of Tuesday evening’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm.
They’ll be on-air to discuss the breaking team news and guide you through every step of the action so if you can’t get to the game, join Mark and Jake on Pools PlayerHD.
Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office.
Fans will be able to buy tickets on the evening of 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.