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Match Previews

Preview: Pools v Yeovil Town

4 October 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Pools v Yeovil Town

4 October 2019

Hartlepool United v Yeovil Town
National League
Saturday 5th October, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

Yeovil Town have emerged as one of the contenders for promotion on the back of an astonishing run of form in recent weeks.

The Glovers endured a frustrating opening to the campaign

following relegation from League Two last season and lost four of their first

seven National League outings.

However, a 3-1 win over Notts County at the end of August

has proved the springboard for the best run over victories in six years and

they arrive at The Vic having won seven in a row.

The brilliant sequence of results has seen them storm up the

table and last weekend's 3-1 triumph over leaders Bromley saw The Glovers slot

in to third place where they are just a point off top.

Darren Sarll was given the opportunity to move back in to

management at Huish Park during the summer after previous experience at

Stevenage, while the club was further boosted last week when a protracted

takeover was finally rubber-stamped.

One To Watch

Rhys Murphy is among the main danger men for Yeovil Town ahead of Saturday's game, with the striker already helping himself to four goals in the opening couple of months of the season.

The 28-year-old front man – who was on Pools' radar a few

years ago following a stint in Holland – top scored for Chelmsford City in

National League South last term before bagging a move to Somerset.

An experienced striker who is a nuisance for opposition

defenders, Murphy will be hoping to be passed fit to face Pools after being

forced off following a nasty collision with Bromley keeper Mark Cousins last


Head To Head

This weekend's game will be the 20th competitive meeting between the Club and Pools have the edge over the years having won nine of the previous encounters.

Indeed, Pools have won the last three of these fixtures and

are unbeaten in five against The Glovers, whose last win against us came at

Huish Park in November 2012.

Last Meeting

Pools 1 Yeovil Town 1
Saturday 4th February 2017

Pools: Bartlett, Bates, Harrison, Donnelly, Kavanagh, Featherstone, Walker, Alessandra (Thomas 71), Nelson, Amond, Rooney.
Subs not used: Fryer, Martin, Richardson, Hawkins, Smith, Oates.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Shephard, Smith, Lacey (Ward 32), Dickson, Dolan, Butcher, Whitfield, Eaves (Sowunmi 65), Zoko, Akpa Akpro (Jones 79).
Subs not used: Maddison, Mugabi, James, Goodship.

On The Whistle

Steven Copeland returns to The Vic for a second time this season after previously overseeing our defeat to Sutton United on the opening day.

An official new to the National League's list of referees

this term, Copeland has so far presided over three fixtures at this level

during 2019/20.

His most recent appointment came in the middle of last month

when he was the man in the middle for Harrogate Town's goalless draw with Boreham

Wood at The CNG Stadium.

Live Commentary

Brian Honour will once again be alongside Mark Simpson to deliver full live online commentary of Saturday's game on the Official Website – and you can listen absolutely FREE!

Our live coverage will begin at 2.50pm so if you can't get

along to The Vic then let us bring the action to you this weekend no matter

where you are on the planet.

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

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.

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for Saturday.

Betting Odds

Pools 6/4
Yeovil 13/8
Draw 23/10

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