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16 March 2016

A look back at past clashes with Saturday's visitors Hartlepool

Reds will be protecting an unbeaten record against Hartlepool when the sides meet this afternoon.

Crawley have won two of the three meetings while the only previous home match with Pools ended in a draw.

Former Hartlepool striker Richie Barker got a warm reception from their fans when he took Crawley to the north-east for the first game between the clubs in October 2012.

And it was Reds who prevailed in a scrappy affair 1-0, thanks to an early goal from midfielder Hope Akpan in front of a crowd of 3,852.

Our team that day was: P Jones, M Sadler, C Davis, K McFadzean (M Connolly, 80), N Byrne, N Adams, M Jones, J Simpson, H Akpan, J Forte (B Clarke, 75), G

Alexander. Subs not used: D Hunt, M Kuipers, S Torres, N Ajose.

By the time Hartlepool paid their first visit to the Checkatrade Stadium on the final day of the season their relegation to League Two had been confirmed, but their fans were in party mood.

Hundreds of Poolies descended on West Sussex dressed as penguins (see picture on page 13) and had a great afternoon as their side came from behind to draw 2-2 in front of a crowd of 4,100.

Jamie Proctor put Crawley ahead by tapping in a cross from Josh Simpson but Andy Monkhouse soon levelled for Pools, heading in a left-footed cross from Luke James.

Monkhouse then scored again in the 80th minute with a volley into the top corner.

However, Proctor grabbed a point for the Red Devils in the final minutes with a close-range finish.

Reds: Jones, Sadler, Connolly, Walsh, Hunt; Clarke, Simpson, Bulman (sub: Sparrow 67), Adams (sub: Hayes 67); M. Jones, Proctor. Unused subs: Maddison, Elford-Alliyu, Torres, Dumbuya, Essam.

.Reds won 2-1 at Victoria ParkEarlier this season, Simon Walton sealed victory against one of his former clubs as

After a goalless first half Pools lost Scott Harrison to a straight red after he stopped Gwion Edwards’ shot on the line. Simon Walton converted the penalty and Rhys Murphy tapped in Edwards’ cross to make it 2-0 with 14 minutes left.

Billy Paynter pulled one back but Reds held on for only their third away win of the season and fourth in their last six games.

Reds: Flahavan, Young, Hancox, Yorwerth, Bradley, Walton, Smith, Fenelon, Harrold, Murphy, Edwards. Subs: Scales, Jenkins, Barnard, Rooney, Preston, Ashton, Deacon.


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