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Match Preview | Hartlepool United (H)

In-form Pools at JCS on Tuesday evening

20 February 2022

Colchester United will kick off a run of four consecutive home games with the visit of Hartlepool United on Tuesday evening.

Wayne Brown's side will have to bounce back from a second defeat in three matches when Hartlepool United make the journey to the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday evening. 

The U's were on the end of a 3-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Northampton Town on Saturday afternoon, with a nintieth-minute goal from the hosts putting the game out of reach for Colchester United. 

Nevertheless, the U's will have to dust themselves down and prepare for another tough test with the in-form Hartlepool United coming to the JobServe Community Stadium next. 

Wayne Brown has both Noah Chilvers and Tom Dallison to select from once again, with the two players overcoming injuries to take their place on the bench on Saturday. The U's managment team will also be hoping to have John Akinde back after the new forward completed his isolation period with COVID. 

The Opposition
Graeme Lee's side are one of the most in-form teams in the fourth division at the moment, going seven games unbeaten with four draws and three wins in that run. 

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The Pool's last defeat came in mid-January to Bristol Rovers, but since then, their good run has propelled them into the top half of the table, with an outside chance of making the play-offs in the final fifteen games of the season.

Lee, a former midfielder for Hartlepool United, came in after Dave Challinor departed for Stockport County earlier in the summer, and has helped to keep some stability at the club, with just three defeats in his seventeen games in charge since the start of December. 

A run of three straight wins was brought to a halt on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at home to Sutton United, but the boss was pleased with the second half performance, and Tom Crawford's first of the season. 

"I wasn't happy with the first half, but second half we came back and showed some good character to get back in the game, and we were the better team. We took our chance, and ten points out of four games is something we would take."

The addition of Omar Bogle has brought a couple of goals for Lee's side since January, with the prolific striker getting the winner against Crawley a couple of weeks ago, with fellow forward player, Luke Molyneux leading the way with six goals this season. 

Match Officials
The referee for this evening's game will be Declan Bourne. He has officiated seventeen games so far this season, issuing sixty-eight yellow cards and two reds. 

His last game in the middle involving the U's came at Birmingham City in the First Round of this season's Carabao Cup. 

He will be assisted by Andy Bennett and Nicholas Dunn, with Christopher Pollard the fourth official. 

Last Time We Met

Kurtis Guthrie and Chris Porter were both on target in a 2-1 win over Hartlepool United five years ago with both goals coming in the second period. Nathan Thomas got one back for the visitors ten minutes before time, but the U's took all three points. 

Ticketing Info
Tickets are currently on sale at the advance rate - click HERE for all the ticketing info for Tuesday's game against Hartlepool United. 

Streaming Info 
If you can't make it to the game on Tuesday evening, stream the action live with a £10 Match Pass from iFollow. Click HERE to get yours. 


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