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Preview: Pools v Leyton Orient

17 April 2018

Victoria Park Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Victoria Park

We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth preview of Leyton Orient visit to The Vic.

Hartlepool United v Leyton Orient
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 17th April 2018, 7.45pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
A strong run of form over the last month has helped Leyton Orient wipe out any lingering fears they may have had about suffering a second successive relegation.

The O’s came down from the EFL alongside Pools at the end of last term and have also found life in the National League less than straightforward.

After a strong first month, the wins dried up and former boss Steve Davis left the club, paving the way for former Newport County and Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh to take the reins in late November.

He successfully managed to steady the ship and a five-game unbeaten run in recent weeks – including consecutive wins over Woking, Guiseley and Barrow – mean they could yet finish in the top half of the division.

One To Watch
Macualey Bonne has become one of the most marked men in the National League this season after hitting the ground running at Brisbane Road following his summer move from Colchester United.

The 22-year-old front man helped himself to seven goals in the opening six weeks of the campaign, including a hat-trick as Orient thrashed Guiseley 4-1 at the start of September.

Bonne has scored four goals in his last four games too so Pools know they’ll be coming up against a striker in good form – and he will need to well marshalled on Tuesday night.

Form Guide
Pools: WWWLLD
Leyton Orient: LDWWWD

Head To Head
Tuesday evening’s game will be the 50th competitive meeting between the two clubs and it’s been pretty even over the years with both winning 20 of the previous 49 contests.

Orient did the double over Pools in League Two last term and Matthew Bates’ men have a chance to return the favour on Tuesday having won 2-1 at Brisbane Road in October thanks to goals from Jonathan Franks and Rhys Oates.

Pools have a good recent record against The O’s at The Vic – the East London outfit’s win last season is their only one in their last four visits to the north-east.

Referee
Andrew Miller will be on the whistle in Tuesday’s game against Leyton Orient in what will be the third occasion he’s taken charge of a Pools fixture.

The official is in to his second season as a National League referee and last came to Victoria Park back in October when he oversaw our draw with Tranmere Rovers, while he was also the man in the middle for our Boxing Day trip to Gateshead.

You have to go back to March for his last National League appointment when he presided over Guiseley’s 1-1 draw with FC Halifax Town, during which he sent off The Lions’ John Rooney.

Live Coverage
Pools legend Brian Honour will join Mark Simpson in the Victoria Park press box to provide live commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the world.

The duo will be on-air from The Vic from 7.35pm on Saturday so if you can’t get along to the game, make sure you join the lads to stay right up to date.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD on a Monthly Pass for just £4.49.

Tickets
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 made available a method by which supporters can buy tickets on their cards directly at the gate.

Click here for all details on buying tickets for Tuesday’s game.

Match Odds
Pools 7/5
Leyton Orient 19/10
Draw 12/5


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