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Match Preview: Pools head to Gateshead

23 July 2021

Match Previews

Match Preview: Pools head to Gateshead

23 July 2021

After a thorough examination against Spennymoor Town on

Tuesday evening, Dave Challinor's Hartlepool United travel to Gateshead

International Stadium in their penultimate pre-season friendly. They'll expect

tough opposition from the Tynesiders who have been bolstering their squad ahead

of the Vanarama National League North season.

The Opposition

Gateshead come into the fixture following a lengthier

pre-season. The Tynesiders have played Hebburn, Billingham FC, Dunston UTS, and

Ashington, defeating all four teams in the process.

They're led by former Newcastle United centre-back Mike

Williamson and feature a Pools link in 26-year-old forward Adam Campbell. The striker

played on loan for Pools during 2014 before his first spell at the GIS. In the

summer, they've signed Robbie Tinkler and a host of other players, further underlining

their ambition to return to the National League.

The History

This will be the eighth meeting between the two sides. In

the past, it's been fairly even. In competitive fixtures, each team has won a

game each and two have ended in a draw. In friendlies, Pools have won twice and

lost once. Most recently, Pools defeated Gateshead at the Vic after goals from

Liam Noble and Paddy McLaughlin.

Team News

Following his signing on Wednesday, Fela Olomola is in

contention to start as a named squad player against the Heed. He's the only senior

striker in the side, though Joe Grey is returning to fitness and other

trialists may feature. Trialist #9 pulled up with a hamstring injury, so may be

a doubt for this weekend's fixture.

Otherwise, all of the signed-on players are available for

selection, including Jamie Sterry. The marauding right-back sat out Tuesday

night's game as a precaution.

Watch, Listen, and Follow

There is no live stream available for the game, but Mixlr commentary will be broadcast as usual with Alex Chandy and Robbie Stelling. Twitter will also post live updates from the match.

Information for Fans

The ticket office AT GATESHEAD will be manned from 1pm until 7pm for both home and away supporters to purchase tickets for pre-season friendlies against Hartlepool United. If they have been unable to do so online or prefer to purchase in person.

Supporters will be able to select their seats and receive either a printed ticket or an emailed copy that must be used on match day to enter Gateshead International Stadium.

Supporters who plan to visit the ticket office on Friday are advised to pay via card and adhere to social distancing measures whilst in the queue.

Please note that there will be no ticket sales on the gate for these two fixtures.

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