FINGERS crossed that Sky Sports's Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling doesn't have cause to kick off one of his live celebrations this weekend.
Hartlepool fanatic Stelling (pictured below) has had little to cheer about so far – Pools have followed relegation last season with one point from their first four games, and their only goal so far has come from defender Neil Austin in a 3-1 League Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest.
New manager Colin Cooper has a young squad sprinkled with a handful of veteran campaigners.
One of the residents, 6ft 4in tall goalkeeper Scott Flinders (Barnsley, Crystal Palace), has just started his fifth season at the club.
At 30 Austin is the senior figure in a back-four recently including youngsters Michael Duckworth and Christian Burgess, signed from Bradford PA and Middlesbrough respectively this summer, and 20-year-old ex-trainee Jack Baldwin.
Former Leeds, Charlton, QPR and Plymouth player Simon Walton is the key man in central midfield, alongside Middlesbrough loanee Matty Dolan, 20.
Out wide are youth graduate Brad Walker, 18, and a 'lefty' whom United will need to watch.
Jack Compton, 24, is the son of former Gulls player, coach and manager Paul Compton, and he's been one of Hartlepool's best players so far, after spending the early years of his career with WBA, Weymouth, Falkirk, Bradford City, Portsmouth and Colchester.
Cooper does have options up front, and Pools' recent form may prompt him to use some of them.
But his recent picks have been veteran targetman Steve Howard (see Player To Watch) and ex-Manchester City starlet James Poole.
Experienced back-up is supplied by club stalwart Andy Monkhouse and Jonathan Franks in midfield and Sam Collins (Huddersfield, Port Vale, Hull) in defence.
Luke James, Darren Holden, Jordan Richards, Zak Boagey and reserve goalkeeper Andy Rafferty are all products of Pools' youth scheme.
Winger Nialle Rodney arrived from Telford this summer after spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford and Lincoln.