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Away Days: Hartlepool United vs Stevenage

10 April 2023

Stevenage make the 450-mile round trip to Hartlepool on Easter Monday to face John Askey’s Pools…

Stevenage sit fourth in the Sky Bet League Two table and are level on points with Carlisle in third with a game in hand. Just seven games remain for Boro, so every point earned is valuable in the race for promotion. On Good Friday, Steve Evans’ men were held to a draw at home to Colchester United with Alex Gilbey getting on the scoresheet.


Hartlepool will be hoping for a good result tomorrow as they look to climb out of the relegation zone. They currently sit 23rd in the table but are level on points with Crawley in 22nd. Pools have picked up just eight league wins from forty attempts, losing eighteen and drawing fourteen.

Despite not having the best of campaigns, Hartlepool are currently one of the most in-form sides in League Two. They are unbeaten in their last seven league games and have won their last two. On Good Friday, Pools travelled to Grimsby and picked up a 4-1 win which included a Dan Kemp hattrick. Josh Umerah is the side’s top scorer this season with fifteen, but Kemp has impressed since coming to the side in January, having netted nine goals in twelve games.

John Askey has spearheaded this resurgence in form, after being brought in as Manager in late February. He took over from Keith Curle who was relieved of his duties due to the side’s league position. Phenomenally, Askey is so far unbeaten as Hartlepool boss, having overseen their last seven games. Previously, Askey had managerial spells at York City, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town and Macclesfield Town.


Boro’s record against tomorrow’s opponents is rather impressive. From fourteen previous meetings, Stevenage have won ten, drawn three and lost one. The first ever encounter between the sides was in the 2011/12 League One campaign as goals from Scott Laird and Byron Harrison contributed to a 2-2 draw at The Lamex Stadium.

The 2016/17 season saw Boro’s biggest win over Hartlepool as goals from Tyler Walker, Matt Godden, Michael Tonge, Tom Pett and Dean Wells led to a 6-1 thrashing over the side from County Durham.

 This season’s reverse fixture ended up as a 1-0 victory for Stevenage as Danny Rose’s sneak attack on the opposition goalkeeper made the difference.


Victoria Park has been home to Hartlepool United since the club’s establishment in 1908. The ground has a capacity of 7,858 with a record attendance of 17,426 being set in the 1956-57 campaign when they welcomed Manchester United in The FA Cup.


Paul Howard has been appointed as Match Referee for tomorrow’s fixture with Daniel Woodward and Christopher Ward as Assistants, and Simon Clayton as Fourth Official. Howard has dished out fifty-two yellow cards and three reds in twenty-one fixtures this season.

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Report: Hartlepool United 1-1 Stevenage

10 April 2023

Stevenage take home a point after an end-to-end contest at The Suit Direct Stadium...

Stevenage’s impressive 2022/23 campaign was quickly reaching completion with just seven games to go. The first of which involved a long journey to the North east of England to face John Askey’s Hartlepool, who were on a run of seven games unbeaten despite being involved in a relegation battle.

For Boro, any points earned would potentially mean a return to the top three after being held to a draw against Colchester on Good Friday. Steve Evans made just one change from that afternoon at The Lamex Stadium as Michael Bostwick came in for Jake Forster-Caskey.

Stevenage created the game’s first real chance inside just three minutes as Luther James-Wildin picked out Jamie Reid with a sublime ball into the box. Reid turned neatly before taking aim, but his left-footed shot deflected past the post for a corner.

The next twenty minutes were open with both sides creating half chances, but neither goalkeeper was tested. At this stage, the rain began to pour and did not look like stopping any time soon.

Eventually Stevenage, perhaps deservedly, broke the deadlock. Luther James-Wildin’s cross perfectly met the head of Danny Rose inside the box who flicked it past the goalkeeper to give his side the lead.

In the final stages of the first half, the atmosphere inside the Suit Direct Stadium picked up as the action on the pitch began to heat up.

There were strong appeals for a handball as Hartlepool’s Jakub Stolarczyk rushed out of his box to make a clearance, but the referee denied the claims. Then, moments later Terence Vancooten found his name in the referee’s book for a late challenge.

The half-time whistle was then blown as Stevenage went into the break with a one goal advantage after a hard-fought battle.

Just one minute into the second half though, the hosts grabbed an equaliser. A defensive mishap was capitalised on, as Dan Kemp turned inside the box before laying it off to Nicky Featherstone who picked out the bottom corner.

Shortly after, Terence Vancooten’s time was up as he was replaced by Jake Taylor in midfield.

Just after the hour mark, Boro found themselves attacking the Hartlepool area once again as they looked to regain their lead. Jamie Reid turned inside the area, but his effort was blocked.

The visitors conceded a corner minutes later which caused problems. The ball trickled on the line before finding its way to Euan Murray who fired high over the bar from point blank range.

With over fifteen minutes to play plus additional time, Evans made his second substitute of the afternoon as Michael Bostwick was replaced by the creative Jake Forster-Caskey.

Five minutes remained now, and both sides were searching for an all-important winner, which meant the game’s pace drastically increased. Jake Forster-Caskey’s corner was caught by the goalkeeper and Hartlepool broke on the counter. Through Luther James-Wildin’s formidable defending, the score somehow remained level.

Down the other end, it was Stevenage’s turn to try and find a winner. Jake Taylor’s tame effort inside the area found James-Wildin at the back post who slid in to try and tap in, but his effort fell wide.

Daryl Horgan then replaced Jamie Reid as the fourth official held up an additional six minutes to be played.

The weather conditions were simply horrid in the closing stages of the game, which increased the pace of the game. Tom Crawford tried his luck from the edge of the area, but Thimothee Lo-Tutala got down quickly to deny and keep the score level.

The final minute of the game was as end-to-end as a football match will ever be. For Hartlepool the ball was squared to an open attacker who failed to get the ball from under his feet as Stevenage cleared the ball and breathed a sigh of relief.

Up the other end, Boro looked destined to take all three points in extraordinary fashion. Jordan Roberts had acres of space to run into down the left-hand side, before playing it into Daryl Horgan who took a touch, and witnessed his shot get blocked on the line as the referee blew for full-time.

Somehow, a thrilling end to the game had no difference-maker as both sides took home a point. Stevenage return to The Lamex Stadium next Saturday as they welcome AFC Wimbledon.

Attendance: 5687 including 171 away supporters.

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Hartlepool United

8 April 2023

Match tickets are now on sale for Boro’s trip to Hartlepool United on Monday 10th April 2023…

Kicking off at 3pm on Easter Monday in Sky Bet League Two, Steve Evans’ men make the 448-mile round trip to The Suit Direct Stadium to take on Keith Curle’s Pools.

Match tickets are available online at, from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays 10am-5pm) and from The Suit Direct Stadium Ticket Office on the day of the game (£1 increase).

*Over 65s, Students, Armed Forces, 18-21s). Disabled supporters are charged at the relevant category as above and are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

Online ticket sales for delivery will come off sale at 11.59pm on Monday 3rd April 2023, but will still be able to collect or purchase from the Stevenage FC Club Shop until 3pm on Friday 7th April 2023.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 8.30am on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £35 for SA members and £40 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket to Hartlepool at and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

For more travel information to The Suit Direct Stadium, click here.


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