Notts County v Hartlepool United
Saturday 2nd November, 3pm
After coming close to financial oblivion during the summer, Notts County’s new owners and boss Neal Ardley have worked wonders to steady the ship at Meadow Lane.
Relegation from the Football League cut deep for proud County supporters but the threat of losing their club altogether loomed large as previous owner Alan Hardy looked for a way out.
As a result, Ardley had to wait to get the green light on his recruitment drive so it was little wonder when The Magpies endured a slow start to their debut in the National League.
However, something seems to have clicked since the middle of September and County have now enjoyed a run of seven wins from their last ten in all competitions ahead of Saturday’s game.
Ardley’s men currently occupy the final play-off spot in the table but Pools would move within one point of their hosts if they could pick up a fourth straight win this weekend.
One To Watch
Enzio Boldewij is the only outfield player to have started every game so far this season and he’s repaid Neal Ardley’s faith with a strong of impressive performances.
The 6ft 1ins forward joined County in the summer of 2018 and was one of the better performers during a torrid relegation campaign for The Magpies.
And he’s got back among the goals this term too, hitting the net six times in all competitions including a brace in Tuesday night’s impressive 4-0 win at Woking.
Head To Head
Antony Sweeney will hope to mastermind the end to a long sequence of Notts County victories in this fixture when he leads the side at Meadow Lane on Saturday.
The Magpies have won their last five games against Pools and you have to go back to December 2006 – when Sweeney was in the Pools line-up – for our last win in Nottingham.
Saturday will be the 34th competitive meeting between the clubs and County have won 16 of the previous games in comparison to Pools’ 12 triumphs.
Notts County 2 Pools 1
Saturday 11th March 2017
Notts County: Collin, Tootle, Duffy, Hollis, Bola, Hewitt, Yeates, Milsom, Grant, Ameobi, Forte.
Subs not used: Loach, Dickinson, Clackstone.
Pools: Fryer, Harrison, Donnelly, Richardson, Featherstone, Thomas, Woods, Hawkins, Amond, Oates, Alessandra.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Martin, Hawkes, Orrell, Rooney.
On The Whistle
Joe Hull will take charge of his sixth Pools game but his first of the current season when he’s the man in the middle for our weekend trip to Notts County.
The experienced official’s most recent Pools appointment came during our 2-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge last December.
Hull is in to his third season on the National League’s list of referees and was at Meadow Lane in the opening week of the campaign when he saw The Magpies lost to Barnet.
You can listen to full live online commentary of Saturday’s game here on the Official Website – and the best thing is that it’s all completely FREE.
Mark Simpson will be live on-air from Meadow Lane at 2.50pm on Saturday when he’ll set the scene and then run you through every step of the action as it unfolds.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available in advance from The Vic until 3pm on Friday, after which they will be on sale from the Away Ticket Booth at Meadow Lane on the day of the game.
Notts County 7/8