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Match Preview: Hartlepool set for York clash

17 November 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Hartlepool set for York clash

17 November 2023

After last week's frustrating draw, Hartlepool United make the short journey to York City on Saturday (3pm kick-off). It's a return to the LNER Community Stadium for John Askey, but the focus is on three points for Pools.

The Lowdown

Both sides are in the bottom half of the National League after inconsistent starts to the season. Pools' draw last time out extended their winless run to five, with their last victory coming against Eastleigh in early October. Players have been making their comebacks from injury, and Askey will be hoping that it'll have a positive impact as the side head into a run of pre-Christmas fixtures.

York are in 19th place, four points behind Pools. Former Notts County and Solihull Moors manager Neal Ardley is at the helm for York. His side features former Premier League goalkeeper David Stockdale and two former Poolies in Michael Duckworth and Paddy McLaughlin.

Askey, alongside assistant Mark Goodlad, spent a year at the LNER Community Stadium in charge of York. He guided the Minstermen from eleventh to fifth in the National League North, and won the play-offs to gain promotion to the National League. 

The History

Saturday will be the 118th encounter between the two clubs, with the record books dating back to 1930. Hartlepool won both of the last meetings in the 2015/16 season with 2-1 scorelines. Billy Paynter and Michael Woods scored on the road, while Nathan Thomas and Woods found the back of the net in the return fixture. 

In total, Pools have won 40 fixtures against York. There have been 29 draws, while York have won 48.

Team News

Pete Jameson and Josh Umerah wil be available for selection after recovering from minor injuries. Joe Grey could also return to the squad, having missed last weekend due to illness.

Despite suffering a cut to the head against Ebbsfleet, Joe Mattock is eligible to feature with his head now bandaged up.

Kieran Wallace and Callum Cooke are also available, with both now fully healed from their long-term injuries.

Having been recalled from his loan spell at Darlington, Kieran Burton is eligible to play against York. The defender made six appearances during his time with the Quakers.

Pools captain David Ferguson will be serving a one-game suspension on Saturday after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out.

Mitch Hancox, on loan to Hartlepool from York, is ineligible to feature against his parent club.

Luke Hendrie and Alex Lacey have joined the long-term injury list, with the pair expected to be out of action until January at the earliest.

Dan Dodds and Anthony Mancini remain unavailable due to injury, though Mancini has returned to running. Charlie Seaman's stomach injury and Matty Dolan's knock picked up in the warm-up against Ebbsfleet will be assessed ahead of the fixture.

How to Follow

If you're not part of the strong contingent in York, you can follow all the action via National League TV here. Match passes cost £9.50 and grant you access to all streamed fixtures on the given day. Saturday restrictions have been lifted due to the international break, meaning supporters in the UK can also stream the game.

Hartlepool supporters will be situated in the North Stand and West Stand Overflow section (WG, WH & WI) at the LNER Community Stadium. Please note away tickets have sold out for this fixture.

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