SCOTT Flinders cannot wait to sample the Victoria Park “roar” this weekend after enjoying a taster of that atmosphere on Tuesday night.
Nearly 3,000 fans were treated to a pulsating cup tie during the penalty-shootout defeat at the hands of League One rivals Sheffield United.
But double that number are expected inside The Vic when Walsall come to town on Saturday afternoon for the first home league fixture of the campaign.
“Stepping out on Saturday is going to be exciting,” Flinders said in anticipation of a 6,000-plus crowd.
“We saw on Tuesday the crowd getting right behind us.
“It’s going to be double the attendance and there’s going to be a real roar.
“The season-ticket offer was just incredible and I think it can only have a positive effect on our home form.”
And Flinders says that if the early evidence is anything to go by then Tuesday’s effort, on both the pitch and terraces, is a heartening sign of things to come.
“We gave Sheffield United a real run for their money and I thought we were the better team,” said the 25-year-old goalkeeper.
“The gaffer said afterwards that they’ll be up there but we matched them in all areas.
“I think part of that was down to the crowd as well because they really got behind us.
“We’ve got a better squad this year and we’re looking a lot further up the table and it’s an exciting time to be at Hartlepool.”
Full story in Thursday’s Mail