We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Wrexham's visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Wrexham
Vanarama National League
Saturday 20th January 2018, 3pm
Wrexham roared back to top form in their last outing against struggling Torquay United when they ran out 4-0 winners to move fourth in the National League table.
Dean Keates’ men had drawn three in a row before that triumph but the victory will have restored confidence that they can yet close the seven point gap on leaders Macclesfield Town.
Away from home they’ve often struggled for goals but they have chalked up impressive victories at promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge so far this season.
Now in to the their tenth season in the fifth tier, Wrexham fans are crossing their fingers that former skipper Keates can be the one to lead them back to the promised land of the Football League.
One To Watch
Craig Harrison will know better than most the threat posed by Wrexham’s new signing Scott Quigley, who joined The Dragons on loan from Blackpool earlier this week.
The front man came through the ranks at Harrison’s former club TNS and his form for the Welsh Premier League champions earned him a £35,000 move to England in the summer.
Things haven’t gone as planned at Bloomfield Road but he will be hoping to get back on the goal trail at Wrexham and is in line to make his debut against Pools on Saturday.
Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be the 105th competitive meeting between the two sides but the first at Victoria Park since September 2006.
It’s the first time in over a decade that the clubs have shared a division and The Dragons last visit to The Vic ended in a 3-0 win for Pools thanks to a hat-trick from an in-form Jon Daly.
Wrexham’s last win on Pools’ turf came in bizarre fashion back in 2005 when Juan Ugarte scored five of the visitors goals in a 6-4 win at The Vic.
Earlier this season the sides played out a goalless draw at the Racecourse Ground – the first stalemate between the teams since 1961.
Matt Donohue will take charge of his third Pools game this afternoon when he’s the man on the whistle for our meeting with Wrexham.
He has overseen our last-gasp triumph at Solihull Moors in October as well as our 2-0 home defeat to Aldershot Town here at The Vic in November.
Donohue is new to the National League list of referees this season and his most recent appointment came in AFC Fylde’s 1-1 draw with Chester earlier this month.
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 2.50pm on Saturday so if you can’t get along to the game, make sure you join the lads to stay right up to date.
Tickets for home areas at Saturday’s game are completely sold out.