Preview: Yeovil Town v Pools

Yeovil Town v Hartlepool United
Emirates FA Cup
Tuesday 12th November, 7.45pm
Huish Park

In Opposition

Yeovil Town remain in second place in the National League table on the back of a brilliant run of form extending back to the end of August.

Darren Sarll’s side had won seven in a row before Jason Kennedy’s late goal ensured a victory for Pools when Town visited Victoria Park in the league last month.

A win over Woking helped them recover from that setback but they were beaten on home soil by Harrogate Town the following game and could only draw with Boreham Wood last time out at Huish Park.

The Glovers made it through to the First Round Proper of the FA Cup when they overcame Harringey Borough in the final round of qualifying.

One To Watch

Rhys Murphy has been in red hot form for Yeovil for much of the season but has run in to a particularly prolific spell in recent weeks.

The 29-year-old made a switch to Huish Park during the summer after top scoring for Chelmsford City last term and he’s already hit the net nine time times in 2019/20.

Murphy has scored five goals in his last five National League outings, including The Glovers’ goal in their recent visit to The Vic so Pools defenders will know all about him ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Head To Head

Tuesday’s game will be the 21st competitive meeting between the two clubs – but only the second in the FA Cup.

The only other time the two teams have collided in the competition came at The Vic back in December 2010 when current caretaker boss Antony Sweeney grabbed a hat-trick and Ritchie Humphreys also scored as Pools came from 2-0 down to win 4-2.

Ironically, that 4-2 triumph came on a Tuesday night – after the original game had been postponed due to heavy snow at The Vic!

Pools have a good recent record against The Glovers too – the dramatic 2-1 National League win at the start of last month was their fourth triumph in five meetings and they’re unbeaten against the Somerset outfit in six.

Last Meeting

Pools 2 Yeovil Town 1
Saturday 5th October 2019

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Richardson, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching, Mafuta, Kennedy, Donaldson, Toure (Kabamba 88), James (Featherstone 76).
Subs not used: Cunningham, Hawkes, Holohan.

Yeovil Town: A Smith, Dickinson, Collins, Wilkinson, J Smith, D’Ath (Tilley 55), Omotayo (McCoy 71), Hutton, Lee, Murphy, Hippolyte (Skendi 55).
Subs not used: Bradbury, Worthington.

On The Whistle

Experienced referee Carl Brook will step in to take charge of this evening’s FA Cup tie, replacing Peter Gibbons who had been due to preside over Saturday’s tie.

It’s only the second time he was seen Pools in action – the last occasion came back in September 2017 when we picked up a great away win at Leyton Orient.

Brook is now in to his fourth season on the National League’s list of referees and has so far looked after 12 games during the 2019/20 campaign.

Live Commentary

There’ll be live commentary as usual here on the Official Website from tonight’s FA Cup tie and you can join Mark Simpson at Huish Park from 7.35pm.

Our coverage is completely FREE and can be accessed all around the world so if you can’t get along to the game then make sure you’re listening in.

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Pools fans can buy their tickets for tonight’s game upon arrival at Huish Park – all tickets bought for the original fixture also remain valid.

Click here for all the information you need on tickets for tonight’s fixture.

Betting Odds

Yeovil Town 13/10
Pools 21/10
Draw 22/9

Click here for a full list of markets and odds ahead of Saturday’s game.