Hartlepool United v Sutton United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 21st October 2017, 3pm
On Saturday, Sutton United will encounter their first ever visit to Victoria Park in the Vanarama National League. The South-West London club will look to continue their impressive start to the season, which currently sees them sit 4th in the table, just two points behind league leaders Macclesfield Town.
Meanwhile, Pools themselves will be also be looking to continue a good run of form, which has seen them lose just once in ten. Pools are currently 13th in the league, and Harrison’s men will be looking for more of the same fighting spirit, which seen them come back from a goal down in last weeks FA Cup qualifier, to win 2-1 against North East rivals South Shields.
Pools will be looking to pay the fitting tribute to former midfielder, Michael Maidens, who to this week, ten years ago, sadly passed away after being involved in a car accident.
No Fear For The Super U’s
Sutton United have, against many odds, had a fantastic start to season, which has seen them emerge as the early favourite for the league title, with many bookies.
This is currently Sutton United’s second season in the National League, after clinching the National League South title in the 2015/16 season
It goes without saying, that Sutton United certainly punched above their weight in last years tremendous FA Cup campaign, which seen them reach the last 16. Manager Paul Doswell’s hard working mentality has certainly gained praise and The U’s have already made a name for themselves.
No Easy Task For The Monkey Hangers
On the road this season, Sutton have managed to pick up victories at clubs such as Dagenham & Redbridge and Tranmere Rovers, proving that they’re up for the challenge and want to win games, despite the stern test.
There is no doubt that Hartlepool’s main goal this season, is instant promotion back to the Football League. Harrison would be looking at this type of fixture, especially at home, and would arguably be disappointed with anything less than three points, despite Sutton’s recent form.
A win in this game and Pools could see themselves in a play-off spot, if other results go their way. This may brush aside any doubts over some fans confidence in manager Craig Harrison, who has often been the go to man whenever a result doesn’t go their way, especially after a shocking start to the season, seeing his team win no games in six.
Return of The Walt
Former Pools midfielder, Simon Walton, will see his return to Victoria Park on Saturday, after leaving the club back in 2014. Walton, spent two years at Pools and was a key figure in the middle of the park, making 73 appearances for the club.
Walton signed for Sutton over the summer transfer window, from fellow National League side, Guiseley.
The midfielder is likely to be in the starting line-up at The Vic this weekend when he will patrol in front of the back four and look to get Sutton moving with his range of passing.
Craig Harrison is hoping both Liam Donnelly and captain Carl Magnay will be back for Saturday’s game.
Magnay missed last weeks win at South Shield with a stomach problem, and is waiting on results from a scan he had, while Donnelly also suffered an injury last week and suffered a back spasm in the warm-up at South Shields.
Luke George is set to be fit for the game having not featured this far due to a calf and hamstring issue.
Conor Newton also looks set for a return from the sidelines after recovering from an ankle injury.
Ryan Donaldson has had ankle surgery and will be out for around 12 weeks.
U’s forward Adam Coombes looks set to feature on Saturday having been brought on last week, having returned from an injury, in Sutton’s 3-2 win at Paulton Rovers.
Goalkeeper Ross Worner will miss out on the trip to Victoria Park having undergone knee surgery.
Centre back Dean Beckwith will also be hoping to get involved, having been on the treatment table for a lengthy spell.