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PREVIEW: HARTLEPOOL UNITED (A)

21 July 2015

The Iron travel to Hartlepool on Tuesday as they look to continue their build up to the new season.

Mark Robins’ side will visit Ronnie Moore’s League Two hosts, who will be hoping to use the form they showed at the back end of last season and take it into the new campaign.



Robins will hope to have a near full strength team for the trip to Hartlepool, but has confirmed he may rest one or two players as a precaution.
 
Other than that, United will look to build up the match practice as the new season draws ever closer and will hope to see many of his first team players gets valuable minutes.

Hakeeb Adelakun will continue to miss out, while trialist Nathaniel Mendez-Laing may play a part after Robins confirmed he would remain on trial.



Youngster Brad Walker is turning a lot of heads with his impressive performances from the Hartlepool midfield.

He only turned 19 this year, but has already played over 60 times for Pool and has chipped in with a couple of goals as well.

The midfielder found the net five times last season as he helped Hartlepool to a dramatic escape from League Two relegation.

His displays have not gone unnoticed and the youngster has been touted with a move to the Premier League, highlighting the potential of the midfielder.

Walker has also been recognised internationally, receiving a call-up for the England u18 squad back in November and December 2013.

As well as this, the midfielder was also the Football League Two Apprentice of the Year in 2014 and won the club’s Young Player of the Season award in the same year.



The Iron’s last trip to Hartlepool came in the 2013/14 season, with the sides sharing the points following a 0-0 draw.

Russ Wilcox went on to lead United to promotion in that season, but Scunthorpe could only gain a point in the challenging conditions.

The hosts, who included Luke Williams on loan from Middlesbrough amongst their ranks, enjoyed a sustained period of pressure in the closing stages, but could not find a way through Sam Slocombe and the Iron defence.

The result was the fourth draw on the bounce for Wilcox’s side and kept United firmly in second place in the League Two table.

The Iron won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Glanford Park, with Sam Winnall netting the only goal for Scunthorpe.



Ticket news has been confirmed for the Iron's away pre-season friendly at Hartlepool United.

It is pay on the gate at Victoria Park and prices are as follows:

Adults - £10
Concessions - £5 (Students, under 19s and over 60s)

Victoria Park is not too far away from Hartlepool Marina and is only a 10 minute walk from the train station for any Iron fans heading to the game via this method of transport.

Supporters driving from Scunthorpe should follow the M180, before joining the M18 and then joining the M62 when it merges with the M18.

Follow the M62 for approximately 13 miles and then take the exit at junction 32a, heading on the A (M) 1 towards Wetherby.

Keep on this for around 33 miles until turning onto the A168 signposted for Thirsk and Teeside, where you will merge with the A19.

After following the A19 for around 30 miles, follow the A689 which will take you into Hartlepool.

Upon reaching the town, carry straight over (second exit) the four roundabouts, before turning onto Clarence Road after the final one where the destination will be reached.

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