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Match Preview: Pools begin 2024 against Oxford City

6 January 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: Pools begin 2024 against Oxford City

6 January 2024

Hartlepool United return to the Suit Direct Stadium as they take on Oxford City on Saturday (3pm kick-off). Caretaker manager Lennie Lawrence will take charge of Pools and is looking for a big performance from his side.

The Lowdown

After John Askey's departure, the experienced Lawrence has taken over a Pools side flirting with the relegation zone. Their form has seen them fall to 18th place, following an unsuccessful festive period with successive defeats to Oldham Athletic.

Oxford City are three places and four points behind Pools in their maiden National League season. Led by former Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins, the Hoops came away with a win and a loss against Dorking Wanderers during the Christmas period.

The History

The sides have met just once previously, earlier this season. Despite Joe Grey's early goal, Oxford ran out 5-2 winners in a high-scoring affair at the RAW Charging Stadium.

Team News

Luke Hendrie and Tom Crawford are both in contention for the fixture, while Edon Pruti can also be selected after returning to the club from his loan spell.

Alex Lacey and Mani Dieseruvwe remain sidelined, while Josh Umerah is awaiting the results of a scan on his knee.

How to Follow

Ticketing information can be found here.

If you can't join us at the Suit Direct Stadium, you can follow 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's game is available both domestically and internationally.

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