We turn our attentions to Saturday with a full and in-depth preview of Maidstone's United's visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Maidstone United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 2nd September 2017, 3pm
Maidstone United consolidated their position in the National League last season after winning promotion from National League South via the play-offs in 2015/16.
The Stones finished a creditable 14th last term and will now be hoping to build on that having taken the decision to go full-time again during the summer.
Jay Saunders’ men were among the best performers on the road last season and showed signs of hitting that kind of form again with an impressive 3-1 win at high-flying Sutton United last week.
They built on that with a decent 0-0 draw against much-fancied Dagenham & Redbridge last time out and will now be seeking to continue that momentum at Victoria Park this weekend.
One To Watch
Joe Pigott joined Maidstone United on a permanent deal in the summer after firing six goals during a successful loan spell from Cambridge United in the second half of last season.
The 23-year-old is already off the mark in the current campaign too with two goals, including the clinching third strike in their brilliant 3-1 victory at Sutton United last weekend.
A former Charlton Athletic trainee, Pigott has played against Pools twice in the past for Luton Town and Southend United and won both times so he will be looking for a hat-trick on Saturday.
Head To Head
Pools and Maidstone United have not met since the latter’s reformation in 1992 but they did play four times prior to that in the late 80s and early 90s.
And it was Pools who enjoyed the better of those contests, winning three out of the four, including a memorable 4-1 away triumph on their way to promotion in 1990/91.
The Stones’ only win came in the first-ever meeting when they ran out 4-2 victors just before Christmas back in 1989.
Peter Gibbons will be the man in charge this weekend in what is his first visit to Victoria Park as a referee.
He stepped up to the National League’s list of referees at the start of the season after building experience running the line at EFL games in recent years.
His National League debut saw him preside over the goalless draw between Chester and FC Halifax, while his most recent appointment was at Wrexham for their 1-0 win over Woking last weekend.
Pools legend Brian Honour will join Mark Simpson in the commentary box for live coverage of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD.
You can join the lads from 2.50pm when they go live from The Vic to set the scene ahead of the National League encounter with The Stones.
Ticket prices have been slashed to just £5 for adults and £1 for Under-16s for this Saturday’s game at Victoria Park so make sure you come along and the cheer the lads on.
Fans will be able to buy tickets on the day 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.