Hartlepool United v Barnet
Saturday 26th October, 3pm
Barnet arrive at Victoria Park this weekend sitting just two points but five places above Pools in a heavily-congested National League table.
Darren Currie's men enjoyed an encouraging start to the new
campaign and lost just once in their first ten outings but their form has beenless consistent since the end of September.
Tuesday's FA Cup replay win over Potters Bar was hugely
welcome for The Bees, providing them with their first win in five games and itwill be hoped it also gives a platform for a run of better results.
The North London outfit have already drawn seven times in
the league this season but if they can find a way of turning more of those into victories then they could have a big say in the promotion picture.
Currie has recruited smartly over the summer, snapping up
former Pools keeper Scott Loach and he will be determined to produce a soliddisplay on his first return to The Vic this weekend.
One To Watch
Josh Walker is a man who has come to the fore at Barnet this season and he's hit a rich run of form in recent weeks to help The Bees cope with some injury problems up top.
The 21-year-old former Spurs and Fulham youngster won a deal
at The Hive last summer following a successful pre-season trial but didn't geta lot of game time during his first season at the club.
However, he's been more involved this time around and he's
rewarded boss Darren Currie with six goals – five of them arriving in his lastsix games.
Head To Head
Saturday's game will be the 25th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Barnet have the slight edge historically having won on 10 occasions in comparison to Pools' 8 successes.
The Bees have won three of the last four encounters and you have
to go back to December 2000 to find Pools' last home win over Barnet – a 6-1thumping in which Craig Midgley scored a hat-trick.
Barnet 0 Pools 0
Saturday 16th March 2019
Barnet: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Fonguck, Taylor, Reynolds, Boucaud, Sweeney, Mason Clark (Akinola 78), Coulthirst (Barham 83), Tarpey.
Subs not used: Robson, Matrevic, Elito.
Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Anderson, Donaldson, Noble (Featherstone 86), Hawkes (Holohan 90), Molyneux, James, Kabamba.
Subs not used: Kitching, Amos, Muir.
On The Whistle
Thomas Parsons will be the man in the middle for Saturday's game against Barnet at Victoria Park.
The official is still in his first year on the National League's
list of referees and has so far overseen five fixtures at this level during2019/20.
He has refereed Pools once in the past, he was on the
whistle for our 2-1 win at Torquay United when goals from Jason Kennedy andPeter Kioso secured the points.
Pools legend Brian Honour will once again be in the press box as part of our live commentary team for full coverage of Saturday's game.
Honour will be alongside Mark Simpson and the duo will be
on-air here on the Official Website from 2.50pm at which point fans all overthe world will be able to listen for FREE.
Tickets for Saturday's game are available in advance online or from the Club's Ticket Office, while there will also be availability on the day of the game.