HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore is looking forward to doing battle with “good mate” John Sheridan when Plymouth Argyle visit this weekend.
The pair worked together at Oldham Athletic but they will be in opposite dugouts when 10th placed Argyle head to Victoria Park on Saturday.
Their hosts are bottom of Sky Bet League Two, still nine points adrift, following the 1-1 away to Tranmere Rovers.
Moore is expecting a “tough, hard game”, with the Pilgrims just a point from a play-off spot.
But they have slipped down the league table in recent weeks following a run of six matches without a win.
Moore says Pools shouldn’t fear anyone though, especially given his side’s impressive display away to Rovers at Prenton Park.
Pools picked up a point thanks to Scott Fenwick’s 14th minute equaliser and performances have improved since Moore took charge in December but they are in need of wins.
“Plymouth is a tough, hard game,” Moore told SportMail.
“I have a good mate of mine there and I gave him an opportunity as a coach when I was at Oldham.
“I am looking forward to it though.
“It will be a big challenge for us but if we play like we did [against Tranmere] then we shouldn’t fear anyone.”
HARTLEPOOL United’s youth team picked up a point after holding league leaders Hull City to a 2-2 draw at Blackhall.
Pools took the lead through Scott Howes, who picked his spot with a composed, low finish.
But the lead only lasted a minute as the Tigers equalised from a 25-yard free-kick, courtesy of Jake Buckle to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Hull then took the lead minutes into the second-half, Pools failed to deal with a corner from the right and Mitch Langton finished from close range.
The equaliser came from Connor Smith, who finished low into the bottom corner of the net.
The team was led yesterday afternoon by John Hewitson, who said: “Once we got it back to 2-2 we had a few openings where our final ball just hasn’t been good enough and I feel like we’ve let them off the hook.
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t win the game but in the grand scheme of things it was a good performance against the side that are top of the league.
“The lads should grow in confidence on the back of what they have done and now we have to take that in to Saturday’s game and have a right go at Scunthorpe.”
Pools: Dawson (Catterick, 80), Carr (Briggs, 80), Skidmore, Turnbull, Howes, Smith, Green, Jewson, Blackford, Armstrong, Wood.
Sub not used: Richardson.