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Match preview: Pools head to Ilkeston in the FA Cup

23 October 2020

Hartlepool United are in FA Cup action this weekend as they head to Ilkeston Town in the last qualifying round of the competition.

Pools will look to build on last years great cup run but Dave Challinor knows that this will not be an easy game:

Ilkeston, who play their football in the Northern Premier League Division One South East have made a strong start to the season resulting in seven wins from their last nine games. They currently sit ninth in the league table, only four points from second.

Manager Mark Carruthers will be looking to bounce back from their most recent 4-1 defeat to Newcastle Town on Tuesday and will be reassured by a home support.

Ilkeston confirmed yesterday they had sold out their home allocation with 400 fans expected to be inside the New Manor Ground tomorrow.

Hartlepool come into the game with no fresh injury concerns. Gary Liddle and Luke Molyneux are both in contention to make full returns.

How to watch

As part of BBC Sport giving extra prominence to The Emirates FA Cup, live coverage of matches will again be provided from the start of the competition right through to the last kick.

Coverage will be available via the BBC red button from 2.45pm or the BBC website:


you can listen to live audio commentary with Alex Chandy and Robbie Stelling on Mixlr from 2.45pm:

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