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PREVIEW: Hartlepool away for the Blues

A relatively short trip for United

7 October 2022

United head to the north-east at the weekend for their latest League Two encounter.


Pools had an extremely tough start to the season, with no win in their opening 11 fixtures, but they've been harder to beat than that statistic suggests, with six draws along the way.

Four of those stalemates came during the six-game run into Tuesday night's home meeting with Doncaster. That was another tight game, but a late winner from Wes McDonald helped to raise spirits somewhat with a first win of the campaign recorded - accompanied by some amount of relief.

Hartlepool, of course, appointed Keith Curle as their interim manager after the sacking of Paul Hartley last month.

A former Carlisle boss - he was in charge at Brunton Park for over 200 games - Curle has 20 years of management experience and won promotion from League Two via the play-offs with Northampton in 2020.

His most recent job was at Oldham Athletic, but he parted comapny with the Boundary Park outfit last November, after eight months.

Transfer activity for this weekend's hosts ended in September with the loan signing of Barnsley midfielder Clarke Oduor, and things are looking better squad wise as players missing through injury make a gradual return.

But, there's no escaping the fact that it's been slim pickings at the Vic, with the last home success in the league prior to Tuesday night all the way back in February 2022. That was a 1-0 win over Tranmere.

That was a worrying tally of 14 games, and they'll be hoping that Tuesday's success will be the springboard to better home days ahead. 

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Josh Umerah scored twice in the second half in the game at Mansfield last Saturday to earn his side a 2-2 draw. 

That took the 25-year-old's tally to five for the season, an impressive start to life in the Football League following his summer move from Wealdstone. 

He bagged again against Doncaster just before the break, so he now sits on six goals with plenty of confidence in the tank.

He has a reputation for being strong and mobile, and he'll be a thorn in the side if he's given the chance.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Hartlepool wins
League 45 19 34
Cup 1 1 1
FA Cup 2 0 1
Total 48 20 36

The January 2022 fixture at Brunton Park slogged it's way to a 0-0 draw, with little to separate the sides at all.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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 - Tom Reeves
Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Ward
Assistant Referee 2 - Helen Edwards
Fourth Official - Stephen Wade
Observer - Clive Oliver

Our referee for this fixture is Tom Reeves. He's taken charge of 13 games so far this season showing 51 yellow cards and no reds.

He was the man in the middle for our September 2021 away game in Crawley, where a Jon Mellish equaliser wiped out the opener from Tom Nichols. Nick Tsaroulla nicked the points for the home team deep into time added on. Jack Armer's was the only name taken on the day.


Our away allocation for this game is SOLD OUT.

Please DO NOT travel without a valid match ticket.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Pools 1 - 3 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

8 October 2022

It was the relatively short trip to the Suits Direct Stadium for the Blues on Saturday afternoon.

Former United boss Keith Curle was the man in charge of the hosts, and Carlisle gaffer Paul Simpson went with an unchanged starting eleven for a third game in a row.

Striker Ryan Edmondson was back on the bench following his injury lay-off, with Nic Bollado the player to take a step back. 

It was a lively atmosphere and Huntington stopped an early cross from Ferguson when he got up in support of McDonald, and that sparked a break as Gibson ran free. Crawford was booked when he chopped the wide man to the floor.

The free kick from Moxon was cleared as far as Guy, and he slipped a neat pass through to Mellish, who had stayed onside on the edge of the area. His touch was heavy and Killip gratefully gathered.

A deep delivery from Ferguson found Hamilton on the leap, as he arrived late at the other end, but the ball skimmed off his head and spun well wide of the upright.

Strength from Moxon saw him win the ball tight by the touchline and his subsequent run left two in his wake. His reverse pass was cleared but United came again when Huntington cleared his lines. Dennis and Gibson combined, but the winger was stopped in his tracks as he approached the 18-yard box.

Huntington popped a header straight at Killip from an outswinging Moxon set piece, as the game remained poised and ready to spring into action, and that almost happened on 15 minutes when Back got onto a high ball into the area from Armer. His cushioned header was perfect for Gibson, but Killip spread himself to make a superb point-blank save off the volley.

Pools had a spell of pressure as they looked to make a mark, but Armer, Huntington and Mellish intervened with clearances to keep them at arm's length. 

Moxon took matters into his own hands once again as he chested the ball down when it came his way with 20 minytes gone. He shrugged off two challenges, but opted to bring Dennis into play just as it opened up in front of him. Two defenders converged to smother the move.

Another good opening was fashioned as a corner was cleared only as far as Guy. Gibson stayed onside when a floated pass came his way, but he seemed to be caught in two minds as he sent it off into the stands behind the goal.

United were guilty of snatching at it once again when Killip came off his line to get fingertips to a wicked Moxon dipper. It fell for Dennis to hit, but he miscued it and it bent wide.

Stretton was tugged as he then sprinted to get onto a through ball from deep, but the referee completely ignored it as the forward tumbled to the floor. Frustratingly an offence against Back was given within seconds for the same crime, much to the annoyance of the Carlisle bench.

Hesitation in the United box as a sliced, swirling ball bounced awkwardly was almost punished as Holy came, then stopped. Hamilton wanted it, as did McDonald, but Whelan stepped in to stop the nonsense.

Holy was at his absolute best with a double save from Umerah and Hamilton from the corner kick. Both stops were instinctive and when he had very little time to think. The offside flag didn't detract from the quality of the glovesmanship.

Sylia should have done better when he got on the end of a free kick from the halfway line from Ferguson. He had the target to aim at but he skied it from 14-yards when it looked easier to score.

The red shirts responded with a decent move with Guy and Gibson linking up to put Back on the overlap. He cleverly nipped it back inside but Gibson misjudged the roll of the ball and the first-time effort was swept away.

Gibson blazed wide from 19-yards as the Cumbrians enjoyed the bulk of the pressure, with Armer screaming at him to send it his way, and a Moxon inspired break came to nothing as Stretton and Armer had crosses blocked.

Pools took the lead just before the break from another free kick from almost half way up the pitch - the delivery and positioning a carbon copy of the earlier effort crafted by Ferguson. The intial delivery was blocked, but Umerah kept it alive. Alex Lacey was unmarked and he made no mistake from close range as he thrashed it into the roof of the net.

Hartlepool were out of the second half blocks quickly and Hamilton dragged one wide from distance as a half clearance sat up to be struck.

A long delay followed as Hamilton needed treatment, but Owen Moxon scored his second goal for the club immediately after the game restarted - and what a goal it was. Possession was turned over in midfield and he got his head down as he strode into space off the pass from Mellish. A measured, deliberate 20-yarder left Killip with no chance as it arrowed into his bottom corner.

The near 700 fans behind the goal were suddenly in fine voice, and Armer and Guy tried to find a path towards them. They were blocked out, and Pools responded by throwing men forward. Ferguson sent one from distance into Holy's hands.

Carlisle came again, thanks to determination from Mellish, with a run that took him from his own half onto the byline. His cross was cut out, but Stretton wanted it. A lunged intervention sent his toe poke over the bar.

Another neat United move eventually brought concern as Fin Back pulled up when he went in pursuit of a Guy pass. He held the back of his thigh with everyone fearing the worst. Ryan Edmondson was sent on to replace him.

A quieter period followed, but Moxon had a cross deflected behind via the crossbar with 20 minutes left to play. Umerah clipped one high when he was presented with an opening from the keeper's kick for the hosts.

There were loud appeals for a penalty as Huntington was hauled down as the second of two Moxon corners bent his way, but the referee said no and play went on.

Carlisle took the lead on 75 minutes and it was the decision to allow play to continue, when Moxon was clearly fouled as he stabbed the ball through. Omari Patrick sprinted onto it, kept his cool, checked once, then again, then drilled it low and past the dive to register his first goal of the campaign.

Brilliance all-round brought the third goal for the visitors as Holy threw the ball to Gibson. He looked up, still 10-yards inside his own half, and a flighted a wonder pass towards the edge of the box. Patrick chested it then popped it past the advancing keeper, before putting it over the line to claim his second of the day.

The lively forward was after a third, and he yet again left defenders standing as he took the ball on. His reverse pass was hooked by Murray before Dennis could pounce.

Huntington was immense at the other end when it looked like Umerah was clear. He recovered the ground before executing a precise sliding tackle.

Hartlepool fans started to stream out of the ground as the board went up for time added on, but there was more concern as Patrick also had to be substituted.

But that was for another day as the away fans celebrated a huge second half performance and a deserved three points.



Hartlepool United - Lacey (44)

Carlisle United - Moxon (53), Patrick (75, 82)



Hartlepool United - Crawford (4)

Carlisle United - Guy (83)



Hartlepool United - Killip, Tumilty, Murray, Lacey, Ferguson (c), Oduor (Hastie 80), Sylla, Crawford, McDonald, Umerah, Hamilton (Ndjoli 52). Subs - Letheren (gk), Paterson, Shelton, Grey, Cooke.

Carlisle United - Holy, Whelan (c), Huntington, Mellish, Back (Edmondson 61), Gibson, Guy, Moxon, Armer, Stretton (Patrick 66 (Harris 90)), Dennis. Subs - Kelly (gk), Feeney, Charters, Idehen.


Match officials

Referee - Tom Reeves
Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Ward
Assistant Referee 2 - Helen Edwards
Fourth Official - Stephen Wade
Observer - Clive Oliver


Attendance - 5,525 (691)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Hartlepool ticket information

Dates of sale and ticket prices

25 September 2022

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Pools v United, Saturday 8 October, kick off 3pm

+ Due to the small allocation of 685 seated tickets, we will have a priority sale system in place.

+ Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders only on Monday 26 September. You can purchase tickets in-person from the main ticket office located on the first floor of the Pioneer Stand, or by phone on 03300 945 930 (option 1).

+ Season ticket holders will only be able to purchase one ticket for their own use.

+ When purchasing tickets, season ticket holders must be able to provide the ID number, which is located on your season access card, underneath the QR code. 

+ Flexi card members will be able to purchase from Wednesday 28 September.

+ Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from Thursday 29 September, including online.




Monday 26 September

10am – 5pm

Season ticket holders only

Tuesday 27 September

10am – 5pm

Season ticket holders only

Wednesday 28 September

10am – 5pm

Season ticket holder only & Flexi card Members

Thursday 29 September

10am – 5pm

General Sale

Friday 30 September

10am – 5pm

General Sale

Saturday 1 October

10am – 2.30pm

General Sale

Saturday 1 October

4.45pm – 5pm

General Sale

Sunday 2 October


General Sale

Monday 3 October

10am – 5pm

General Sale

Tuesday 4 October

10am – 5pm

General Sale

Wednesday 5 October

10am – 5pm

General Sale

Thursday 6 October

10am – 5pm

General Sale

Friday 7 October

10am – 4pm

General Sale






Senior 65+


Young Adult 18 – 21




Armed Forces








*U14 will not be allowed entry to the suit direct stadium without an adult.

*U5 tickets must be purchased with a full paying adult.

In the event of a sell-out there will be no match day tickets available on the day.

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair Info:

There are 14 wheelchair spaces available at Hartlepool United. To book your wheelchair tickets please contact Hartlepool directly on 01429 272 584.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price, with the carer free of charge.

Methods of purchase:

  • In person – come to the main ticket office at the designated time.
  • Phone – ring the ticket office 03300 945 930 option 1 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
  • Internet – buy online HERE.

Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have purchased over the telephone there is an additional charge of 85p. The last day tickets will be posted is Tuesday 4 October.


If you wish to purchase bus travel you can organise this by calling CUSAT on 07563 700 987.

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