Onside: Pools pride at stake in front of Sky cameras

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TYPICAL, isn’t it?

The Sky Sports cameras haven’t graced Victoria Park to televise a live Hartlepool United home game in the league since 2007.

Yet six years on, the powers that be decide to turn up for our last home game of the season against Brentford, at a time when we are at our lowest ebb.

Pools are currently bottom of the league, without a goal in six games and playing on a pitch that is starting to suffer from also having Gateshead play on it.

But I suppose fans should be grateful for the national coverage.

Pools aren’t often on the television, this will bring in much needed income and it gives us something to play for – pride.

Pools, by that stage, are likely to be fighting to stay off bottom place, but our relegation to League Two is more than likely to have finally been sealed before then.

Brentford, meanwhile, are gunning for promotion which is the reason the cameras are coming and Pools fans fear a mauling live on television.

But I’m trying to stay positive, and let’s hope the players give the home fans something to smile about before drawing a line under this sorry season.

The number six is a recurring theme at Victoria Park at the moment.

Six years since the last televised home league game, Pools are six points from safety with just six games left and six games without so much as a goal to cheer.

Probably worth putting a bet on our very own number six – Evan Horwood – to end the goal drought against Milton Keynes Dons on Good Friday.

Finally, what a week it has been for Luke James. Winner of the Apprentice of the Year award at the Football League Awards and a hat-trick for the reserves in midweek.

Not bad eh? Surely that is worthy of a starting place in a team desperate for goals?

We wait with baited breath.

Enjoy your Easter.

- Richard Mennear