Hartlepool United v Yeovil Town
Saturday 5th October, 3pm
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 firstseven 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 andthey 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 slotin 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 protractedtakeover 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 inNational 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 lastSaturday.
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 atHuish Park in November 2012.
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 levelduring 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 BorehamWood at The CNG Stadium.
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!
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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.