Kevin Phillips takes to the dugout for the first time as Hartlepool United Head Coach on Saturday afternoon, with Pools hosting York City at the Suit Direct Stadium (3pm kick-off).
Pools are 14th in the table, seven points outside the play-off places following Tuesday's defeat to Kidderminster Harriers. Their last five games show two wins and three losses in the league, and Phillips will be looking for a reaction from his side on Saturday. The signings of Luke Waterfall, Otis Khan and Courtney Senior have boosted the squad, with all three available for selection.
York are three places and a point behind Pools. In their last five games, they've won twice and drawn three times, defeating Oxford City on Tuesday evening. Led by Neal Ardley, the Minstermen side features former Poolies in Michael Duckworth and Paddy McLaughlin, while Mitch Hancox has just returned to York after a spell on loan with Pools.
The sides have met 127 times previously. Pools have won 42 matches, York have won 50 matches, and 29 games have ended in a draw. Earlier this season, Pools ran out 3-1 winners after goals from Jake Hastie, Tom Crawford and Nicky Featherstone. York haven't won a competitive fixture between the sides since 2015 when the Minstermen secured a 1-0 victory.
Pools have no new injury concerns ahead of the fixture. Dan Dodds, Alex Lacey and Josh Umerah remain unavailable. Mani Dieseruvwe will be available for selection after spending a month on the treatment table, while Callum Cooke made his return from injury in midweek.
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