Saturday takes us to the North East, with a visit to Hartlepool United, which used to be quite a regular occurrence until they dropped in to the National League.
The Monkey Hangers are back in League Two for the first time since 2016-17, and are currently 12th after registering 1 win and 1 loss from their opening 2 league games (their 3rd was postponed due to Sutton not having got their new grass pitch down in time)!
Their results so far:
7th Aug - Crawley Town (H) - Won 1-0
14th Aug - Barrow (A) - Lost 3-2
Of course, those of you who are travelling will see a couple of ex-Saddlers on their team, namely Nicky Featherstone and everybody’s favourite Darrell Clarke signing, Gary Liddle.
For The Saddlers, I wouldn’t expect too much difference to the starting XI to what we saw on Tuesday night, as I think that is possibly our strongest team, with maybe the exception of Tyrese Shade coming back in if he’s fit enough.
It’s encouraging to see that we are trying to pass the ball about, but we need to be more clinical and make
these moves where it will hurt the opposition. What do you think?
As far as predictions go, I think we will gain another point here, but hopefully we will see a few more goals being scored first and foremost. If we play to the levels that the individual players can play to, as a team, we should be taking all 3 points, but that’s easier said than done.
I won’t be going due to work, so to all those Saddlers going up, enjoy, and make sure you get a foot-long hot dog in the ground if they still do them, superb bit of food, and usually served perfectly.
For more information on Hartlepool and to liaise with their fans, check out their site here - The Poolie Bunker • Index page - once upon a time I’m certain we had a few Poolies on here that joined from this site!
Don’t forget to send in your photos from the game!
- Hartlepool United Win
- Walsall Win