Hartlepool United vs AFC Fylde

Saturday 26th August, 2017, k/o 3pm

Victoria Park

Vanarama National League

AFC Fylde are back on the road again this weekend with a trip to Hartlepool United in the National League.

The match kicks off a busy Bank Holiday weekend for the Coasters culminating in the huge televised clash at Mill Farm against Barrow on Monday evening. 

Fylde are unbeaten on their travels so far this season with two draws away from home against Chester (1-1) and Ebbsfleet United (3-3). 

The Coasters suffered late disappointment against Dagenham and Redbridge last time out at home conceding an injury time equaliser as the match finished 2-2.

Dave Challinor’s side twice led the game, opening the scoring through Henry Jones before Morgan Ferrier levelled the scores on the stroke of half-time.

Simon Grand thought he had won it for the hosts in the 86th minute however Sam Ling headed home deep into stoppage time to deny a first victory of the season for Fylde.

The Coasters currently sit in 20th place in the table with a record of four draws and just one defeat from their opening five games.

Hartlepool have endured a slow start to the new campaign following their relegation from League Two. 

They were beaten by a single goal by Dover Athletic on the opening day before earning a 1-1 draw against Macclesfield. Defeat to Maidenhead followed before a 1-1 draw with Chester. 

Last time out they suffered a 2-0 reverse against Bromley and currently find themselves in the drop zone with two points, having scored just three goals to date this term.

Team news:
Fylde captain Josh Langley has been ruled out for the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, with Andy Bond taking responsibility of the armband.

New signing, former Exeter City midfielder Tom McCready, will be hoping to get his first taste of action after completing his move earlier this week.

Hartlepool could be without Louis Laing after the defender injured his hamstring at the weekend against Bromley.

The weekend could also come too quickly for injured duo Luke George and Rhys Oates. However, Hartlepool manager Craig Harrison has today bolstered his defensive ranks with the signing of Keith Watson on loan from Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone.

Macclesfield Town vs Dover Athletic
Aldershot Town vs Chester
Barrow vs Maidenhead United
Dagenham and Redbridge vs Bromley
Ebbsfleet United vs Gateshead
FC Halifax Town vs Guiseley
Hartlepool United vs AFC Fylde
Leyton Orient vs Eastleigh
Sutton United vs Maidstone United
Torquay United vs Solihull Moors
Tranmere Rovers vs Boreham Wood
Wrexham vs Woking

Seated: Adults: £20, U19s £10, Students £10, U11s with adult £5.
Standing: Adults: £18, U19s £9, Students £9.

Hartlepool United Football Club, Victoria Park, Clarence Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BZ

Exit the A19 at signpost Hartlepool A689, Motorway A1(M). At roundabout turn right (s/p Hartlepool A689) and continue on the A689 for 4.3 miles, through the village of Newton Bewley, to the roundabout by the Owton Lodge pub. Go straight on (s/p Town Centre A689) and follow Town Centre signs for 2.8 miles, over two roundabouts. At the traffic lights just past the Blacksmiths Arms on your left, go straight on. At the next traffic lights go straight on again over the bridge into the new marina complex and straight on again at the roundabout into Marina Way. This is the area for the Jackson’s Wharf parking. To get to the ground itself continue to the next roundabout and turn left (s/p The North A179, A1048). Turn left at the lights into Clarence Road to the ground. Should the A689 be closed – carry on along A19 until the A179 (see From the North).

We have a limited number of matchday parking spaces at the stadium though these are booked on a first come, first served basis. There is also a car park behind the Niramax Stand and street parking around Raby Road.