Hartlepool v Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Peter MacGibbon on 25/03/2005
Although they are currently sitting in the play-off zone in the league, the Monkey Hangers recent form is not that good. They have lost their last two home matches at Victoria Park against Tranmere and Wrexham. In fact until they beat Bradford last week they had lost four games on the trot! Despite this they will be taking heart from the fact that we are so consistent away from home. Need I say more about that? They beat us 2-0 at the Galpharm back in August and will probably be fairly confident about doing the double.Hartlepool v Town

We have Steve Yates and Tony Carss on the injured list but Tom Clarke and Jon Worthington are back from suspension. Danny Adams has now signed until the end of the season and will be in the squad. To counter that Efe, who was suspended anyway, has now signed a two year deal with Yeovil. We wish him well. He was instrumental in our promotion last year and he should be able to help Yeovil clinch theirs. After trialling, brother Akpo been loaned to Darlington. I hope we don?t regret this in the light of Delroy Facey?s eleventh hour free transfer from Hull to Oldham. Andy Booth has only just come back into training after illness and Anthony Lloyd and John McCombe won?t be travelling to the North East.

Hartlepool?s Jack Ross came back into training this week and played thirty minutes for the reserves on Wednesday. He is still some way short of full fitness so I think it is unlikely that he will play on Friday night. Hugh Robertson cut his calf in their win over Bradford last Saturday but is expected to line up against us. John Brackstone missed last week?s match with a sore throat but should be back on Friday. Winger Thomas Butler has signed up until the end of the season and may or may not play against us . Steve Howey has also signed up but won?t be playing.

A win is three points and the 5-3 win over Stockport was most welcome. Conceding three goals is never good, however, and one has to hope that our defence stands firmer against The Pool. Just an aside, It will be interesting to see if Stockport?s Warren Feeney, so impressive against us last week, gets onto the pitch against England tomorrow and, if so, how well he does.

This is the first match of the Easter weekend and we will be entertaining The Owls at the Galpharm on Tuesday night. They are sitting third in the table. A hard weekend in prospect! If we pick up two points I think we will have done well, 4 or more would be a bonus!

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