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Hartlepool United: Match Preview

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Mon 19 Feb 2018
Posted in First Team

We are back at the MBi Shay Stadium once again on Tuesday night, when FC Halifax Town entertain Hartlepool United in the Vanarama National League.

The Shaymen will want to bounce back following Saturday’s loss to Ebbsfleet United despite going into the break a goal up through a Matt Kosylo penalty.

Following the result at the weekend Halifax now sit in 20th position, teetering on the verge of falling into the drop zone.

A good performance from the home side on Tuesday however, will see them leap ahead of their opponents, who currently sit in 18th place.

Hartlepool themselves are also looking to build upon their first league win since November, which just happens to be against Halifax.

In the 11 games they have played since that encounter at Victoria Park, they have lost 7.

That run came to an end at home to Woking however, with goals from Devante Rodney, Jake Cassidy and Rhys Oates giving the Pools a 3-2 victory.

Halifax are currently without a victory in 8, and crucially, have only won twice since the back end of September. A run that has seen them slide down the table after their good start to the campaign.

With 8 goals and 3 assists, Michael Woods is The Monkey Hangers’ best contributor in attack and will be a danger to Sam Johnson’s goal.

They will also have Jonathan Franks and Rhys Oates, who have netted 6 and 5 times themselves respectively, ready to pounce upon any chances created by the former Chelsea man.

Neil Young will be relying upon the attacking intent of Tom Denton and Kosylo.

The latter hit the target at the weekend and will be confident of adding to his tally of 6 goals and 4 assists, while Denton will be gunning for his 11th.

The previous encounter between these two ended in a 4-0 defeat for the Shaymen.

Hartlepool looked on another level to their visitors on that night, grabbing two within the first 10 minutes.

First half goals from Nicky Deverdics, who recently moved to Wrexham, Liam Donnelly and Rhys Oates ensured the 3 points by the half time whistle. Conor Newton then added insult to injury by firing just before the 90th minute.

Match Officials

Referee: Marc Edwards

Assistants: David Fitzpatrick/Stephen Dial

Fourth Official: Jamie Rhodes

Follow the Game

There will be live updates and audio commentary available on the club website and Shaymen TV.
You can also follow the action via Town’s official Twitter account, @FCHTOnline.

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