Hartlepool United v Barrow
Vanarama National League
Saturday 28th December, 3pm
Having finished last season in encouraging fashion, Barrow have built on that momentum and have enjoyed an excellent first half to the 2019/20 campaign.
The Cumbrian outfit currently sit proudly at the top of the
pile in the National League ahead of their weekend visit to The Vic and havenot tasted defeat since a shock loss at Torquay United back in October.
Ian Evatt's men have one of the meanest defensive records in
the division and when you add that to the fact that only second-placed Yeovil
Town have scored more goals, it becomes clear why The Bluebirds are leading thepack.
There is a genuine ambition on and off the field to drive
Barrow back in to the Football League after a near 50-year absence and work has
been going on behind the scenes to ensure Holker Street is ready if theyachieve their dream.
One To Watch
Although Scott Quigley is Barrow's leading scorer, John Rooney has also hit double figures from midfield and is an ever-present in The Bluebirds' engine room.
Now 29, Rooney has been one of the key factors in Barrow's
drive to the top of the table and he's the man who really makes the league-leaderstick.
He hobbled out of Barrow's meeting with Pools after only
half an hour at Holker Street in September but he will be keen to exert alarger influence when they head to The Vic this weekend.
Head To Head
Saturday's game will be the 91st competitive meeting between the two sides in a rivalry which stretches back as far as 1922.
Pools won the very first two encounter – in May and April
1922 – and have the edge historically having enjoyed 37 victories in the fixturein comparison to Barrow's 33.
Recent games between the sides have been tightly-contested
though Pools have won three of the five encounters since the clubs began sharinga division once more in 2017/18.
You have to go back to November 1968 for the Bluebirds' last
win at Victoria Park – they've been beaten on each of their four visits sincethen.
Barrow 0 Pools 1
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Barrow: Dixon, Brough, Hird, Platt, Barry, Taylor, Rooney (Greaves 31), Hardcastle (Waddington 77), Kay (Angus 68), Dyson, Harrison.
Subs not used: Brown, Granite.
Pools: Killip, Kioso, Kerr, Raynes, Cunningham, Kitching, Kennedy, Mafuta, Noble, Donaldson, Toure (Kabamba 78).
Subs not used: Bale, Featherstone, Holohan, James.
On The Whistle
Joe Hull will take charge of his second Pools game of the season when he's the man in the middle for Saturday's meeting with Barrow.
Previously, Hull oversaw Pools in action at Meadow Lane whenthey drew 2-2 with Notts County at the beginning of November.
Hull was also on the whistle when Barrow came to The Vic in
October 2017 on a night when Michael Woods injury-time goal was enough tosnatch all three points for Pools.
If you can't make it along to The Vic this weekend then make sure you join us here on the Official Website where you'll be able to listen to full live online commentary for FREE.
Mark Simpson will once again be joined by Pools legend Brian
Honour and the duo will on-air from 2.50pm to keep fans all over the world bangup to date with the action as it unfolds.
Tickets for Saturday's game can be bought in advance either from the Club's Retail Store/Ticket Office or online by clicking here.
There will also be availability on matchday at our Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or at our two Matchday Ticket Offices located on either side of the stadium.