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Preview: Pools v Notts County

21 February 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Pools v Notts County

21 February 2020

Hartlepool United v Notts County
National League
Saturday 22nd February 2020, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

Notts County have emerged from a particularly chaotic summer where financial problems and ownership issues took the club right to the very brink following relegation from League Two.

A takeover led by Danish brothers Christoffer and Alexander

Reedtz was completed at the end of July and finally gave Magpies boss Neal

Ardley the green light to press ahead with recruitments plans.

Given the timing of the takeover, it's perhaps not entirely

surprising that County had an inconsistent start to life in the National League,

winning just once in their opening ten games.

However, as the newly-formed squad began to gel, victories

began to arrive with much more regularity and their recent good form has driven

them right in to the equation for promotion.

They arrive at The Vic this weekend sitting sixth in the

table, having lost just once in their last 13 games in all competitions which

is all the more impressive given injuries and suspensions have begun to bite.

Their home record is particularly strong given they've

tasted defeat just twice in the league all season and they will hope to use

that to their advantage as they look to bounce back to the EFL at the first

attempt.

One To Watch

Notts County fans were delighted when Kyle Wootton turned his loan from Scunthorpe United in to a permanent deal at Meadow Lane in January.

The prolific forward has struck 15 goals in all competitions

for The Magpies so far this season, including two in their recent 3-0 win over

Chesterfield.

The 23-year-old had hit double figures before the end of

2019 so getting him signed up is good business for boss Neal Ardley and he will

hope to play a key role in their promotion chase.

Head To Head

Saturday's game will be the 35th competitive meeting between the clubs and Notts County have the edge historically having enjoyed 16 wins in comparison to Pools' 12.

The Magpies have definitely had the upper hand in more

recent years – our 2-2 draw at Meadow Lane in November ended a run of five

straight wins over Pools for County.

You have to go back to an FA Cup in November 2013 for Pools'

last victory over Notts County – that came courtesy of goals from Jack Baldwin

and Luke James (2) in a 3-2 success at The Vic.

Last Meeting

Notts County 2 Pools 2
Saturday 2nd November 2019

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching, Featherstone, Mafuta, Holohan (Williams 89), Donaldson (Kennedy 81), Kabamba, James (Muir 72).
Subs not used: Cunningham, Hawkes.

Notts County: Slocombe, McCrory, Turner, Rawlinson, Brindley, Rose, Doyle, Shields (Booty 46), Thomas (Dennis 88), Boldewijn, Wootton.
Subs not used: Bakayogo, Osborne, Tyson.

On The Whistle

Ben Speedie will make his Victoria Park debut when he's our referee for Saturday's National League game against Notts County.

He's still in his first season on the National League's list

of referees and this will be the first time that he's overseen a game involving

Pools or The Magpies.

Whilst he also acts as a Fourth Official in the EFL, Speedie's

most recent appointment in the National League was for Barrow's 1-1 draw with

AFC Fylde on Boxing Day.

Live Commentary

Brian Honour will return to commentary duties this weekend as the Pools legend is back alongside Mark Simpson for full live online coverage of the game against Notts County.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm on Saturday so if you can't

get to the game make sure you join us here on the Official Website where you

can follow the action as it unfolds.

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 13/10
Notts County 19/10
Draw 9/4

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


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