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Matchday Guide | Hartlepool (H)

14 February 2023

Crewe Alexandra will aim to register their second victory of 2023 when they entertain Hartlepool United tonight (Tuesday, 7:45pm).

Lee Bell’s side were unlucky not to come away with three points against Crawley Town and will plan to build on their second-half performance.

The Opposition

Hartlepool currently sit 22nd in the league, two points above the relegation zone having played twice more than Gillingham, who are 23rd.

In their most recent outing, they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Sutton United, with all four goals coming in the first half.

The Gaffer

Keith Curle was appointed Pools boss in September 2022, his eighth managerial position since starting off with Mansfield Town in 2002.

A high in his managerial career came in June 2020, as he guided Northampton Town to League Two play-off victory as they defeated Exeter City 4-0 in the final.

Fighting Talk

Lee Bell: “Every game we play will be a tough game, that’s my message to the players. Regardless of who we are playing and where they are in the league. We have to treat them the same, you can’t switch off, they are all important as each other.”

Team News

There are no reported fresh injury concerns for the Alex, though David Amoo, Kelvin Mellor, Courtney Baker-Richardson and Christopher Long remain out.

Oliver Finney is in contention to start for a third consecutive game for the Pools, having joined the North-East side on deadline day from the Railwaymen.


The Railwaymen have the upper hand in past head-to-head meetings, winning 64 of the 137 meetings between both clubs to Hartlepool’s 47 victories.

Earlier in the season, Dan Agyei scored a late equaliser to earn the Alex a 1-1 draw from a delightful Charlie Finney cross.


Neil Hair will take charge of the game on Tuesday, having last officiated the Alex in March 2022, a 2-0 away defeat against Sunderland.

He will be assisted by Oliver Bickle and Declan Ford, with Dean Watson appointed fourth official.

Elsewhere in League Two

Bradford City v Tranmere Rovers; Carlisle United v Mansfield Town; Colchester United v Walsall; Doncaster Rovers v Barrow; Gillingham v Grimsby Town; Leyton Orient v Rochdale; Newport County v Stevenage; Northampton Town v AFC Wimbledon; Salford City v Harrogate Town; Stockport County v Crawley Town; Sutton United v Swindon Town.

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Ticket Details

Supporters can purchase their tickets for the game here.

2022/23 League Match Ticket Prices (Member rate in brackets)
  Boughey Stand Rhino Safety Stand Andrew Connolly Financial Planning Stand
Adult £25 (£21) £23 (£20) £23 (£20)
Senior (65+) £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
17-19 Years (£14.50) (£13.50) (£13.50)
Student (£12.50) (£12.50) (£12.50)
12-16 Years £12 (£10) £10 (£9.50) £10 (£9.50)
Under 11 £7.50 (£6) £6.50 (£5.50) £6.50 (£5.50)
Disabled £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
Family Ticket N/A N/A £23.00*

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Match Reports

Match Report | Crewe 2 Hartlepool 0

14 February 2023

  • Big three points for The Railwaymen
  • First career strike for Finnigan
  • Ainley hits first goal of the season

First-half goals from Callum Ainley and Ryan Finnigan inspired Crewe Alexandra to three points when Hartlepool United visited on Tuesday.

The visitors were rocked early on when Jamie Sterry was shown a straight red card for a foul on Rio Adebisi.

Ainley struck his first of the season on 30 minutes thanks to a clinical strike, and Finnigan’s first career goal made it 2-0 before the interval.

The second-half was attritional, as the visitors closed the space and stayed in the game.

But the victory means Crewe have moved up to 17th in League Two.

Lee Bell made three changes to the side that drew at Crawley last time out, but stuck with the 3-5-2 system they finished the game with.

Homegrown trio Rio Adebisi, Connor O’Riordan and Joel Tabiner were recalled, while Bassala Sambou and Tariq Uwakwe, while Sean Robertson served a one-match suspension.

Hartlepool started with former Alex man Oliver Finney in midfield, as they looked to make it three games unbeaten.

After a steady start to proceedings, the game took on a different complexion on 13 minutes when Sterry was shown a straight red card for a foul on Adebisi.

Elliott Nevitt screwed a shot wide from a promising position shortly after, but United provided a reminder that they would stay on the front foot when Finney volleyed just over at the other end.

The deadlock was broken on the half-hour mark when Dan Agyei broke down the left and forced the ball, under pressure, across the goal. Nevitt kept it alive and Ainley was on hand to ram home from eight yards.

On 39 minutes it was 2-0 after Tabiner’s free-kick was only half-cleared and Finnigan controlled on his chest before lashing a volley powerfully home.

Pools boss Keith Curle made three more changes at the break, as he looked to inspire a fightback from his side.

On 53 minutes Adebisi fed Agyei into space but the striker’s left-footed strike was only good enough to find the near side-netting.

Adebisi headed just wide from close range after a superb Ainley cross, and then the full-back sent sub Lachlan Brook onto goal but he was snuffed out as he shaped to pull the trigger.

Tabiner swirled an effort over, and Brook saw a deflected strike go just wide, as the Alex looked to twist the knife in the final 10 minutes.

Crewe (3-5-2): Richards; O’Riordan, Offord, McDonald; Adebisi; Finnigan, Thomas, Ainley (Sambou, 66), Tabiner (Uwakwe, 90); Agyei (Brook, 60), Nevitt.

Subs not used: Beadle, Sass-Davies, Holicek, Griffiths.

Booked: None.

Hartlepool (5-3-2): Stolarczyk; Dodds, Foran, Pruti; Sterry, Kemp (Grey, 83), Featherstone (Niang, 46), Finney (Jennings, 46), Ferguson; Umerah (Kiernan, 46), Harrison (Sylla, 15).

Subs not used: Killip, Dolan.

Booked: Jennings, Niang

Sent off: Sterry.

Referee: N Hair.

Attendance: 3,110 (107).



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Ticket News

Tickets | Hartlepool United (H)

13 February 2023

Looking to build on that second-half performance at Crawley, the Reds return to Mornflake Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Hartlepool United are the competitors with three huge points up for grabs.

Supporters can purchase their tickets for the game here.

Ticket Prices

2022/23 League Match Ticket Prices (Member rate in brackets)
  Boughey Stand Rhino Safety Stand Andrew Connolly Financial Planning Stand
Adult £25 (£21) £23 (£20) £23 (£20)
Senior (65+) £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
17-19 Years (£14.50) (£13.50) (£13.50)
Student (£12.50) (£12.50) (£12.50)
12-16 Years £12 (£10) £10 (£9.50) £10 (£9.50)
Under 11 £7.50 (£6) £6.50 (£5.50) £6.50 (£5.50)
Disabled £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
Family Ticket N/A N/A £23.00*

Supporters are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets to avoid any queuing that might occur before kick-off.

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