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Hartlepool United to host Sunderland in pre-season friendly

Conor Newton with Josh Maja.
Conor Newton with Josh Maja.

Former Hartlepool United defender Jack Ross will bring his Sunderland side to Victoria Park this summer as part of the Black Cats' pre-season schedule.

Ross' men will play Matthew Bates & Co on Saturday, July 14 (kick off 3pm).

Simon Grayson brought the then Championship outfit to the Vic for a summer warm-up as Sunderland ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Josh Maja and Jeremain Lens. Ryan Donaldson scored for Pools.

This is the third part of Pools pre-season officially announced with friendlies against Billingham Town (a) and Middlesbrough (h) on Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 28 already revealed.

Hartlepool are expected to announce two more friendlies this summer, with midweek encounter expected as well as a game on the weekend of July 21.