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PREVIEW: A look ahead to Tuesday night

Hartlepool United next up at Brunton Park

18 January 2022

Hartlepool complete a run of three home games on the spin at Brunton Park on Tuesday night.


The January transfer window has thus far brought 20-year-old defender Jake Hull in on-loan from Rotherham until the end of the current season.

28-year-old striker Marcus Carver, who had netted 12 goals in 17 league games for Southport, was another arrival on an undisclosed fee.

Pools boss Graeme Lee hinted that more could follow as he looks to build on the current lower mid-table position, with the carrot of an away tie at Crystal Palace in the next round of the FA Cup an added bonus.


Hartlepool went into Saturday's away game at Bristol Rovers with just one win from their previous five league outings.

They looked solid for close to 90 minutes, but it became a nightmare of a long away journey when Aaron Collins gave the Pirates the lead with just three minutes left to play. The afternoon got worse when Jamie Sterry was sent off deep into time added on. Antony Evans rubbed salt into the wounds when he swept the penalty into the back of the net.

Morale is still relatively high, however, followng that FA Cup giant-killing performance against Blackpool in the third-round of the competition.

Keshi Anderson appeared to put the Tangerines into cruise control with an early goal, but teenager Joe Grey was the hero of the hour when he netted the winner after David Ferguson had levelled the scores right at the start of the second half.

who watch

Former-Blue Mark Cullen has six goals from 21 appearances and, as we know, can be a real thorn in the side. 

He netted five in seven games through October and November, and gives defences a torrid time both with and without the ball.

He's our midweek one to watch.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Hartlepool wins
League 45 18 34
Cup 1 1 1
FA Cup 2 0 1
Total 48 19 36

These teams met twice in the space of four days in August 2021, with the Blues at Victoria Park for a league meeting that went the way of the home side. Tyler Burey opened the scoring, Zach Clough levelled, but Gavan Holohan netted the winner late in the day.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The group game in the Papa John's Trophy was also in August 2021, and that went to penalties after Taylor Charters, Manny Mampala and Tristan Abrahams had bagged for the Blues (the 90 minutes ended 3-3). United won the shoot-out 4-3.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Hartlepool 1 - 1 United, Friday 14 April 2017

United 3 - 2 Hartlepool, Saturday 15 October 2016

United 1 - 0 Hartlepool, Tuesday 5 April 2016

Hartlepool 2 - 3 United, Saturday 29 August 2015


Referee - Ollie Yates
Assistant Referee 1 - Gary Hilton
Assistant Referee 2 - Peter Gooch
Fourth Official - Matthew Dicicco
Observer - David Phillips

The referee for this game is Mr Ollie Yates. He has been in charge of 14 games so far this season showing 53 yellow cards and two reds.

We saw him at Northampton in October 2021 when a Paul Lewis hat-trick sunk the Blues. It ended 3-0 to the home side, and Jack Armer and Callum Guy went in the book for the Blues.

He was at Brunton Park in March 2021 for our 3-1 home win over Bradford. Rhys Bennett (2) and Ozzy Zanzala scored the goals, and it was a busy day of bookings with Lewis Alessandra, Paul Farman, Jon Mellish and Zanzala all having their names taken.

Mr Yates was also in charge for our November 2020 trip to Hayes & Yeading for our FA Cup first round encounter. Jon Mellish netted twice in the depths of extra time to take it to a penalty shoot-out, with Gav Reilly bagging the decisive spot kick. Dean Furman and Omari Patrick picked up yellow cards.

He was at Brunton Park back in October 2016 for the visit of Crawley. Jabo Ibehre, Jason Kennedy and Luke Joyce scored our goals in a 3-1 victory, and Mark Ellis was the only Carlisle player to be booked on the day.

We then met him at Cambridge in September 2018 when we ran out as 2-1 winners at the Abbey. Richie Bennett and Ash Nadesan netted for us, and Adam Campbell was the solitary booking handed out during the 90 minutes.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 0 - 0 Hartlepool

Report from the Tuesday home game

18 January 2022

United's third home game in quick succession brought Hartlepool United over the A69 on Tuesday night.

United boss Keith Millen made one change from Saturday's starters with Omari Patrick starting in place of Corey Whelan. 

That meant a drop back into an attacking midfield role for Jon Mellish, with pace and power up front with new arrivals Omotoye and Patrick.

There was superb work from Dickenson with just 55 seconds on the clock when he plucked a long kick from Howard out of the air. His second connection was a wicked delivery that whipped into the box. It was just a yard in front of Patrick and it bounced harmlessly behind.

Howard was calm when a deep cross from Ferguson came his way, and he released quickly to spark another attack. Omotoye turned his man and looked for help, and he found it through Mellish. Gibson took over, but his 22-yarder hit a defender and the save was easy for Killip to complete.

It was a fast-paced opening and Patrick and Mellish worked closely together to put Omotoye on a run. He pulled the trigger from the angle, 18-yards out, but it flew into the Waterworks End.

There was more skill on show on 11 minutes, firstly when Gibson trapped a dipper tight by the touchline. It was passed through legs to Omotoye, and he rode a challenge to win a corner. Guy floated that long, and McDonald nodded it back into the mix, where Mellish kept possession. A hook over his shoulder had Feeney interested, but the ball was eventually marshalled away.

Pools attacked with purpose for the first time on the quarter hour when Ferguson overlapped. He had half a sight of the target until Dickenson tracked back to make a vital tackle.

Winger Brennan Dickenson was then a whisker away just before the half hour when a patient and slightly scrappy build-up concluded with it being rolled back in his direction. It was a rasper, Killip was beaten, but it ripped just past the angle of post and bar.

Patrick tried his luck from distance as a four-man United break appeared to have broken down when a through ball from Gibson was stopped. The striker kept it in play but Killip saw the attempt from distance early and gathered it in.

Guy did well to stop a sprint from a Molyneux flick from Holohan coming to anything in what was a sticky period for both teams. He got in the way and forced the foul before the shot could be taken.

Kelvin Mellor had to be taken off when Carver landed awkwardly on top of his ankle, and that meant a prolonged spell and a first league appearance for new arrival Joel Senior.

Patrick had a great chance to open the scoring on 37 minutes when a long kick forward glanced his way. He took a touch and volleyed it with power, but Killip made a two-handed parry.

The Blues came again thanks to tenacity from Mellish, and a low cross was cut out by Liddle. Guy was first to the loose ball and a 23-yard grasscutter beat the dive from the stopper, but also flashed past the upright.

A Jon Melliish inspired move started with the midfielder regaining possession in his own half. He bundled through two challenges, then bounced it off Patrick, and that gave the forward room to pull the ball back. Gibson was closed down quickly and a hurried poke lobbed past the nets.

Hartlepool had been quiet up front, but Carver was suddenly clean through as Molyneux found a yard in a dangeorus area. He went for venom but he dragged his stinger well wide. 

Wide man Jordan Gibson dropped a shoulder to step inside from the left flank at the start of the second period and he wasn't too far away as he curled one with his right foot from 17-yards. Killip was relieved to see it go past his post.

The Blues were awarded a free kick dead central and on the edge of the area when Odusina stopped an Omotoye bullet with his arm. Dickenson beat the wall, but it struck the underside of the bar and crashed down inside the six-yard box. Patrick was onto the rebound but his effort was blocked.

A header from Byrne went well wide when he was found by Ferguson with an outswinger of a delivery. Feeney did well to make life difficult.

Senior overlapped after good work from Alessandra invited an attack, but his cross ws gobbled up by the alert keeper. Blue shirts pressed to win it back, and Gibson was suddenly in a very dangerous position. He made space for a shot from 17-yards but Killip was ready for it.

Another run from Senior earned a corner, as he took on two, but the corner from Dickenson was headed clear. 

Good, quick passing deserved an end product with 15 minutes left to play as Gibson, Patrick and Armer made their way through the pack. The cross was neat from the left back but Killip was comfortable with the catch.

There was a wonder save from Howard when Molyneux delivered low and into space as Pools sent numbers forward. It seemed to spend an age rolling behind the onrushing players until Ferguson pounced. He kept it low, and caught it sweetly, but the keeper spread himself. It came off his legs and onto the bar, and the defence regrouped to close the door.

Killip was in action again when Gibson spun to put Armer into the box. He punched the ball into the ground and saved again when Mellish tried to put it away.

The ball was played from left to right and back again as Carlisle went for it, and Dickenson was upended 23-yards out. Guy took charge of the free kick, but it hit the wall and flew into the Warwick.

Dickenson's corner was a real teaser, as it took a touch off Alessandra at the front stick, but it fell kindly for Shelton and he swiped it high.

Another incisive move saw Gibson and Armer exchange passes, and their deft touches allowed Mellish to spin and shoot at close range. Killip blocked twice, and the final touch from Mellish took it into the side netting.

Rain pelted down and a strong wind blew as time added on ticked by, and Howard was needed again when he produced a fantastic reaction save from a downward header from Ogle in an attack that turned out to be the last action of the night.



Carlisle United - Gibson (89)

Hartlepool United - Odusina (51)



Carlisle United - Howard, Mellor (Senior 36), McDonald, Feeney, Armer, Gibson, Guy (c), Dickenson, Mellish, Omotoye (Alessandra 66), Patrick. Subs - Norman (gk), Devine, Riley, Abrahams, Whelan.

Hartlepool United - Killip, Ferguson, Liddle, Odusina, Featherstone (c), Molyneux (Grey 88), Carver (Cullen 53), Holohan, Byrne, Ogle, Crawford (Shelton 66). Subs - Boyes (gk), Hull, Smith, Hendrie.


Match officials

Referee - Ollie Yates
Assistant Referee 1 - Gary Hilton
Assistant Referee 2 - Peter Gooch
Fourth Official - Matthew Dicicco
Observer - David Phillips


Attendance - 4,570 (613)

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