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Preview: Pools v Barrow

27 December 2019

Hartlepool United v Barrow
Vanarama National League
Saturday 28th December, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

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 have

not 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 the

pack.

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 they

achieve 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-leaders

tick.

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 a

larger 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 fixture

in 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 sharing

a 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 since

then.

Last Meeting

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 to

snatch all three points for Pools.

Live Commentary

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 bang

up to date with the action as it unfolds.

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

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.

Click here for full information on buying tickets for games at The Vic.

Betting Odds

Pools 3/2
Barrow 14/9
Draw 22/9

Click here for a full list of markets and odds ahead of Saturday's game.


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