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Preview: Hartlepool (A)

13 April 2015

Stanley's penultimate away trip of 2014/15 is to Victoria Park to take on Hartlepool United.

Ahead of kick off, Chris Forsyth has all the information you might need:A point at Cambridge on Saturday leaves Stanley 12 points from the relegation zone with four games remaining.

The penultimate away trip of the season sees the Reds travel to Hartlepool United, a side looking to complete a remarkable escape from relegation danger.

John Coleman's team will be keen to add to their points tally and secure mathematical safety and have the chance to do the double over their opponents this season.

Hartlepool are a point from the relegation places and desperate for a return to winning ways to widen that gap.[/vc_tab]Terry Gornell misses the match as he serves the final game of his three match ban.

Andy Procter is definitely sidelined through injury and former Hartlepool loanee Matt Crooks is also likely to miss out.

Young trio Max Hazeldine, Keenan Quansah and Kealan Steenson have been training with their new first team colleagues this week and could travel to the north east.[/vc_tab]Pools have spent eight of the last 10 seasons in League One with the other two seasons being spent in League Two. They were relegated from League One in the 2005/06 season, but only spent one season in League Two after finishing in 2nd place in the table in the 2006/07 season to make an immediate return to League One.

They then spent the next six seasons in League One and were relegated in the 2012/13 season. In League Two last season they finished in 19th place in the table.[/vc_tab]

Ronnie Moore

62 year old Moore is currently in his seventh managerial role after taking over as Pools manager in December 2014. He started his managerial career at Southport and has also had two spells as Rotherham United and Tranmere Rovers manager and also a spell at Oldham Athletic.

Prior to being a manager, Moore had a successful playing career making over 600 appearances for a number of clubs, including Tranmere Rovers, Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic.

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David Mirfin

29 year old Mirfin signed for Pools on loan from Scunthorpe United in February and has so far made 14 appearances for the club.

He started his career at Huddersfield Town and made 164 appearances and scored 10 goals for the club between 2003 and 2008. He then signed for Scunthorpe and made 95 appearances and scored four goals for them between 2008 and 2011. A move to Watford followed but he only made four appearances for the club between 2011 and 2012 and had a spell back on loan at Scunthorpe and made 19 appearances and scored one goal. He then signed for Scunthorpe permanently in 2012 and has so far made 75 appearances and scored two goals for the club before his loan spell at Hartlepool.

[/vc_tab]Since Stanley's reformation the two clubs have met on two occasions at Victoria Park with Hartlepool winning on both occasions. When the two sides met last season Pools won 2-1 with goals from Jonathan Franks and Andy Monkhouse. James Gray scored for Stanley.

The two sides have also met at the Store First stadium this season with Stanley winning the game 3-1 with Shay McCartan scoring twice and Rob Atkinson also netting. Matthew Bates scored for Hartlepool.[/vc_tab]Stanley are unbeaten in three games after draws with Morecambe and Cambridge United and a victory over Carlisle United.

John Coleman's side are 17th in League Two, 12 points from the relegation places and six from the top half of the table.

Pools have had a poor season so far, currently sitting in 22nd place in the table with four matches remaining. They have won seven, drawn four and lost 10 of their 21 home matches so far this season.

They have also lost their last two matches 1-0, against York City and Southend United, but prior to the last two matches they had been on a five match unbeaten run, picking up 13 points in the process.

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Stanley

Gornell 8 (5 for Cheltenham)

Mingoia 8

McCartan 6

Gray 5

Maguire 5

Windass 5

Naismith 4

Joyce 4

Atkinson 4

Hartlepool

Franks 6

Fenwick 5

Walker 5[/vc_tab]

Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)

A Football League ref since 2012, Mr Simpson has set about establishing himself at this level.

His last Stanley game was the 2-1 home defeat to Dagenham earlier in the season.

This season: 29 games, 104 yellow cards, 9 red cards

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The Ground

Hartlepool have played at Victoria Park throughout their 105 year history. The current capacity of the ground is 7856, however the record attendance was set in 1957, when a crowd of 17,426 watched Hartlepool play Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round.

For more information on Hartlepoool United why not visit their official website www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk[/vc_tab]


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