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The Big Match Preview - Hartlepool United

Posted: Fri 15 Jan 2016
Author: @wwfcofficial

All you need to know about the trip to Victoria Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Hartlepool United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 16th January 2016, k.o. 3pm
Victoria Park, TS24 8BZ
Referee: Mark Brown

Amidst all the hype around the FA Cup third round ties with Aston Villa, there are three important league points up for grabs as Wanderers go in search of what could be an incredible ninth straight victory over Hartlepool United.

It's a first away game since the Boxing Day triumph over Luton Town and the nature of the 2-0 defeat at home to Morecambe at the start of January may have been forgotten by most Blues fans, but may still irk manager Gareth Ainsworth who will be looking to get back on track after that unexpected blip.

The Chairboys have won every meeting with the Pools in the past six years and will hope to complete their first 'double' of the season, having picked up a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture in September thanks to Michael Harriman's brace.

Ronnie Moore's side had started the season strongly after their miraculous 'great escape' from relegation at the end of the last campaign, but they've only won three times in the league since the middle of August and find themselves hovering nervously again above the trap door.

Spirits will be high, however, after they ran Championship promotion contenders Derby County close in the FA Cup last weekend and they've strengthened their squad with the capture of Mansfield winger Nathan Thomas in midweek.

Ainsworth has the option of recalling keeper Matt Ingram after he missed the Villa clash through suspension, while Marcus Bean and Paul Hayes are also close to a comeback and could feature in the squad.

Hartlepool currently have no concerns about the game going ahead and have recently laid new pitch covers over the playing surface to stave off any snowfall.

Tickets
Wanderers have been given an initial allocation of 300 tickets in the Smith & Graham Away Stand behind one goal, with more available on request.

Prices:
Adults: £20
Concessions: £10

Concessions are classed as students with valid ID, seniors aged 60+ and juniors aged under 19.

Call 01494 441118, visit the ticket office at Adams Park or book online. Tickets go off sale at 1pm on Friday but can be bought on arrival at no extra cost.

Travel
Click here for Adrian Wood's guide for the trip to Hartlepool.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 7,833 (seats 4,180). Away fans are in the all seated Smith & Graham Stand (also known as The Rink End) behind one goal (official capacity 1,033). Entrance is by turnstiles 1 and 2 in Clarence Road. There are a few supporting pillars which may hinder your view. Acoustics are good. Finally wrap up warm as the wind coming off the North Sea makes this a cold venue!

Facilities around the ground
At the ground there is the 'Corner Flag Supporters Bar' (entrance fee 50p) that welcomes away fans. There is also The Victoria Suite near the entrance to the away end that apparently now also admits visiting fans. Popular with away fans is the ‘Jackson's Wharf’ Pub near the ground. This pub is over the road from the ASDA store, to the left of the old sailing ship. Another option is the “Millhouse Inn” on Raby Road. Otherwise the ground is not far from the town centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found.
 
Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole and Andy Wilkins are behind the mic to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial.

Last time out
Paris Cowan-Hall, Matt Bloomfield and Alfie Mawson secured a seventh away win of last season and it was only November: