Hartlepool face another ‘cup final’ with Accrington Stanley in fight for survival

Jordan Hugill celebrates his goal for Hartlepool United against Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
Jordan Hugill celebrates his goal for Hartlepool United against Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID

LOAN star Jordan Hugill believes the fight for survival is down to three teams ahead of another “cup final” against Accrington Stanley tonight.

And the 22-year-old Preston North End striker says the “amazing” Pools supporters have a crucial role to play in the run-in.

We have four cup finals now - the games are massive

Jordan Hugill

Pools host Stanley at Victoria Park tonight (KO 7.45pm) with the club again slashing ticket prices for the crunch fixture.

Following the 1-0 defeat to York City, Pools remain a point above the bottom two but there is now a five-point gap between the sides above.

Hugill believes with four games to go in Sky Bet League Two, it will be two from either Pools, Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town.

All three sides got beaten at the weekend but the Middlesbrough-born striker knows Ronnie Moore’s side can’t keep relying on others to stay out of the drop zone.

“We have four cup finals now – the games are massive,” Hugill told SportMail.

“It has probably come down to three teams now and we cannot keep getting lucky.

“We have worked hard to get out of the bottom two and then struggled a bit since then.

“If the other teams below us start winning then we will soon be back in the bottom two.

“All we can do is concentrate on our own jobs, keep working hard and hopefully pick up some results in the coming matches.”

Stanley, 17th in League Two with 51 points, are the visitors tonight and Hugill is looking forward to another bumper crowd.

The ticket offer has seen more than 5,000 fans come through the turnstiles for the past two home matches.

Hugill told SportMail: “The fans are going to be massively important for us in the next four games.

“We had fantastic support at York – more than 2,000 went down, which is incredible really.

“We can only thank them after they watched us get beaten but I’m sure they will be out in force again for tonight’s match.

“The support at home has been amazing these past few weeks.”

Moore doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s match, with Scott Fenwick pressing for a first team recall after two months out with an ankle injury.

He came on as a late sub against York and Hugill said his return is a much-needed boost.

“It is great to see Scott back out there on the pitch,” added Hugill.

“He has been champing at the bit to be back involved since his injury and it is a big boost for us.

“I hadn’t trained ahead of York so haven’t really trained with him.

“But it is good to see him back out there and I am looking forward to playing with him.”

Pools (likely) (5-3-2): Flinders (C), Austin, Harrison, Mirfin, D Jones, Duckworth, Featherstone, Tshibola, Walker, Franks, Hugill.

Subs: Maxted, Richards, J Jones, Nelson-Addy, Hawkins, Harewood, Fenwick.

Accrington (likely): Davies, Hunt, Jones, Atkinson, Buxton, Mingoia, Conneely, Joyce, Bruna, Windass, Maguire.

Subs: Liddle, McCartan, Naismith, Gilchrist, Barry, Warner, Whitehead

l Tickets for tonight’s match against Accrington Stanley have been been reduced to £10 (adults) and £5 (concessions) in the terraces and £12 (adults) and £6 (concessions) in the seats.

They will be available on the turnstiles prior to the game.

HARTLEPOOL United’s trip to Luton Town on Saturday is all-ticket and supporters must buy theirs in advance.

An initial allocation of 260 tickets is on sale now from the ticket office at Victoria Park, in Clarence Road, and will remain available until 2pm on Thursday, April 16th.

There will no availability on the day of the game.

Prices: Adults - £20, Seniors (over 65) - £15, Golden Seniors (over 75) - £12,

Young Adults (under 22) - £15, Under 17s - £8, Under 10s - £5