Yeovil Town v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 18th January 2020
Yeovil Town are among those right in the frame for promotion from the National League this term, sitting second in the table ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Pools.
The Glovers moved were subject to a summer takeover and also appointed a new boss in Darren Sarll and the fresh approach appears to be paying dividends for the Somerset outfit.
Barrow remain in pole position as they are three points of clear of Yeovil at the top with two games in hand – but Sarll’s men are well placed to pounce on any sign of nerves in Cumbria.
Town climbed in to the promotion equation on the back of a stunning run of seven straight wins through September and they now seem to have put behind them a little wobble in term in November.
Yeovil have lost just twice since Pools’ impressive 4-1 FA Cup win at Huish Park in November and they will see this weekend’s return as a chance to gain some revenge for that night.
One To Watch
It’s hard to ignore the fact that Yeovil Town boast the National League’s top scorer in Rhys Murphy, who has been on fire during 2019/20 so far.
The Irishman has struck 17 times in the league this term to sit top of the charts alongside Barrow’s Scott Quigley and is one of the key factors behind The Glover’s lofty position in the table.
Murphy has hit the net 11 times in his last 10 games, including a hat-trick in last weekend’s FA Trophy win over Hampton & Richmond Borough so it’s safe to say that Pools will need to keep a close eye on him on Saturday.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 22nd competitive meeting between the two clubs and Pools have enjoyed the better of the fixture historically, winning 11 of the previous 21 contests.
Pools have already beaten The Glovers twice this season, running out 2-1 winners when they came to The Vic in October before enjoying a 4-1 FA Cup win at Huish Park in November.
We’ve now won five of the last six games between the clubs and you have to go back to November 2012 to find the last time Yeovil picked up a victory in the fixture.
Yeovil Town 1 Pools 4
Tuesday 12th November 2019
Yeovil Town: Nelson, Collins, Wilkinson (s/o 70), Smith, Worthington, D’Ath, Hutton, Lee, Murphy, Hippolyte, Dagnall.
Subs not used: Bradbury, Rogers, McCoy, Skendi.
Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching (Richardson 89), Mafuta, Featherstone, Holohan (Williams 57), Donaldson, Kabamba (Toure 71), James.
Subs not used: Hemming, Hawkes, Kennedy, Muir.
On The Whistle
Martin Woods will take charge of his second Pools game of the season when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Yeovil Town this weekend.
The official is in his second season on the National League’s list of referees and was on the whistle when we ran out 5-1 winners at Chesterfield back in November.
Woods also refereed us three times during the course of 2018/19 when we lost to Wrexham and Barnet before drawing with Leyton Orient.
Fans all over the world will be able to enjoy full live commentary of Saturday’s game against Yeovil Town here on the Official Website.
Mark Simpson will be on-air from Huish Park from 2.50pm to set the scene, run you through the breaking team news and then describe all the action as it unfolds.
Pools fans can make a saving on tickets for Saturday’s game by buying them in advance though they will also be available prior to kick-off on the day at Huish Park.
Yeovil Town 4/5