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Hartlepool Preview - We take a look at Saturday's opponents

3 March 2022

Match Previews

Hartlepool Preview - We take a look at Saturday's opponents

3 March 2022

After taking a well-earned point from the midweek clash at home to Port Vale Town are again at The Envirovent Stadium this weekend for a lunchtime clash with Hartlepool United.

The result against the promotion chasing Valiants continued Town's recent improved consistency and Simon Weaver will be looking to make it four games unbeaten in the league.

Our opponents

Pools come into the clash sitting one place and one point above Town as we head towards the final quarter of the 2021/22 season.

Their season has largely been based on their home form, where they have earned 32 of their 44 points. On the road they have been defeated 11 times, finding the net 12 times in 17 outings.

However, their recent away form has shown improvement and last weekend's defeat to Walsall was their first in five outings, having won two and drawn two of their previous four.

Earlier this season

Hartlepool had the upper hand earlier in the season as they turned around a 2-0 deficit to take all three points with a 3-2 win.

Goals from George Thomson and a Niall Byrne own goal saw Town open up a commanding lead at the break. Three goals in seven minutes from David Ferguson, Mark Cullen and Matty Daly capped a fine turnaround.

The man in charge

Pools are managed by former player Graeme Lee, who took over from Dave Challinor in December after he departed for National League side Stockport.

Lee arrived at the club having previously coached Middlesbrough's under-23 side and played for Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster, Bradford, Notts County and Darlington during a 18-year playing career.

Ones to watch

Forward Luke Molyneux is the clubs top scorer this season having found the target five times in 2021/22.
Midfield stalwart Nicky Featherstone has been a near ever present this season and has four goals and an assist to his name.

Omar Bogle arrived on a permanent deal from Doncaster in January and has proved to be an immediate success, netting four times already.

The club also added Jake Hull, Isaac Fletcher, Joe White, Nicholas Bilokapic and Bryn Morris on loan in the January window.

History

The club were originally founded in 1908 and elected to the Football League in 1921 in Third Division North before being placed into the old Fourth Division. They won promotion for the first time in 1967/68 but were relegated a season later.

The club also hold the unwanted record of having had to apply for re-election to the league a record 14 times.
Subsequent promotions were achieved in 1990/91, 2002/03 and 2006/07 with the club narrowly avoiding promotion from League One following a playoff final defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in 2005.

The club then struggled at the wrong end of the bottom tier for a number of seasons before their 96-year stay in the league was ended following relegation in 2017, with promotion back to the EFL achieved last season in dramatic fashion.

Brian Clough began his famous managerial career at the club, with the record appearance holder Ritchie Humphreys, who made 543 appearances, and all-time leading scorer Joshie Fletcher with 111 goals.

Team news

Simon Weaver is not far from having a fully fit squad to select from with only Rory McArdle and Simon Power unavailable for selection this weekend, with recent absence Calum Kavanagh returning to the bench on Tuesday night.

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