Rovers return with tricky Sunderland trip

ROVERS RETURN: James Evens (left)
ROVERS RETURN: James Evens (left)

HARTLEPOOL Rovers look to get their stop-start season moving again with a victory at Sunderland tomorrow (kick-off 2.15pm).

The tricky Durham Northumberland One clash will be only their third fixture in the last six weeks.

The original mid-December date was frozen off, as was last Saturday’s derby day against Horden at the Friarage.

Unless there is a big freeze tonight, tomorrow’s all Durham affair at Ashbrooke will go ahead and Rovers boss Alan Brown is looking to see Rovers build on their last outing – a 24-20 win at Medicals, where they recorded their first double of the season.

Tomorrow’s opponents do not have the same run of form behind them as Medicals but Sunderland’s last three games on home soil have produced three five-point wins and 112 points on the field.

Having not played at Ashbrooke since December 10, Sunderland will be champing at the bit as Brown well knows.

“It is a tricky game,” Brown said. “Sunderland have been on a good run of form and they have home advantage.

“They are a decent side who have beaten Stockton at home so we know they are going to be hard to beat.

“We’ve got to be positive though – we had a cracking win last time out at Medicals.

“We got a good win and we played well and I want us to take that form forward into tomorrow.”

James Evens returns to the starting line-up.

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