Spartans players ‘buzzing’ ahead of cup tie

Hartlepool is preparing itself for a Green Army invasion for tomorrow’s FA Cup Second Round tie.

An impressive band of fans will make the short trip to Victoria Park with Spartans selling out the initial allocation of just under 1,100 tickets, with another 250 going on sale on Wednesday morning.

For those unable to make it to Victoria Park, the Social Club will be open for the match, with a free buffet at half-time.

What is arguably the tie of the round means a return for Blyth midfielder Damen Mullen to the club that handed him his first chance in football.

The 25-year-old joined Hartlepool United’s academy as a teenager before leaving for Northern League side Morpeth Town.

Mullen stressed the importance of the Spartans faithful’s support, describing them as ‘tremendous’.

“The supporters are massive, the fact they come from around the country is tremendous and all the lads appreciate their turnouts week in, week out, home and away. There’s nothing better than hearing them cheering the team on, it gives everyone a lift and makes you want to push that bit further.”

With three defeats in the last 19 games, Spartans go into the cup tie in good form, with three of those wins coming in a row last week.

League wins over King’s Lynn Town and Witton Albion sandwiched a Northumberland Senior Cup win over Ashington, a game that Mullen scored in.

The midfielder revealed that confidence is high in the changing room and that the players are ‘buzzing’.

“The atmosphere around the dressing room is nothing but optimism, everyone is buzzing and can’t wait for Friday.” he said.

“It’s the biggest game a lot of us will ever be a part of and it’s a winnable game. We all know if we do things right and everyone is on their game we can cause an upset. Yes, there will be nerves but all the pressure is on Hartlepool and with a bit luck we will be in the hat for the third round.”