How BT Sport rearrangement has impacted Hartlepool United's plans ahead of Sutton United clash

Hartlepool United will be travelling down to South London this Saturday afternoon while many of their National League rivals prepare to kick-off.

Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 12:30 pm

Pools visit league leaders Sutton United on Sunday (12:45pm kick-off) for a match that will be broadcast live in front of the BT Sport camera.

Roughly 1,000 home supporters will be in attendance at Gander Green Lane with Sutton potentially able to win the title depending on how events unfold elsewhere across the National League today.

In preparation for the match, Pools have trained for three days during the week before having Friday off. They will then train at their usual pit stop of Oxford United on the way down to Sutton this afternoon.

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Antony Sweeney (left) and Dave Challinor (right) ahead of the match at Aldershot Town (photo: Frank Reid)

"We’ve had to alter our plans slightly,” Challinor said. “We’re travelling down on a Saturday rather than a Friday so we’ve changed the week a little bit.

"We’ll train on the way down like we did last Friday [for Aldershot Town]. Then we’ll be able to enjoy Saturday afternoon looking at other results but then the focus for us becomes doing everything we can to win the game on Sunday.

"Playing [on Sunday] changes next week slightly with us playing a Saturday home game with a 12:30pm kick-off.

"For us the game next weekend with the anticipation of having our supporters back in the ground is one to look forward to and hopefully we can do it following a really positive result at Sutton.”

Hartlepool will welcome approximately 1,700 fans back to Victoria Park for the first time this season when they host Weymouth on May 29.

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