The final game of Hartlepool United's season against Weymouth will cap off what's been a hugely successful campaign on the whole.

In a season that held some promise of what Pools could do, they've mounted a first proper push at National League promotion that's seen a 16 match unbeaten run, Victoria Park turn into a fortress and the team secure a National League play-off spot. That's a season that plenty of fans would've have taken back in October when the first ball was kicked against Aldershot.

Before they dive head first into a crunch play-off campaign, they'll bow out of the league season in front of Pools supporters for the first time in well over a year.

By around 2:30pm this afternoon, Pools will know whether they'll be in the quarter finals or the semi finals of the play offs.

A third placed finish will ensure a semi final spot and they sit one point behind Stockport County in fourth place.

Despite that, manager Dave Challinor says he's prepared for all eventualities.

"With this season, we've had to be totally reactive around situations.

"We've not known going into a Saturday game whether on a Thursday we're going to get told that the games not going ahead because of COVID.

"We spent most of June, July, August and September redoing pre-season schedules because we didn't know when we were starting.

"Nothing's different, we've got a plan in place depending on where we finish."

With one more game of Pools' season left, Dave Challinor says he has one eye on their run of play-off games preparing for a huge push to reach the Football League.

"That's been the case for the last three or four weeks" said Challinor.

"That doesn't detract from the fact that we want to try and win the game on Saturday.

"We're not in a fortunate position where we can leave players out and field a whole different team in order to try and wrap people in cotton wool.

"We'll play players at the weekend and, touch wood, nothing results in them potentially having to miss any play-off games down the line but that's where you are.

"Not only is it high pressure in terms of the games, they also come on the back of what's been a really long and tough season.

"Because of the fragmented pre-season schedule, players have been playing and training for almost a year now and they're probably are all looking forward to a break.

"But they probably know that there'll be no better break on the fact that you might have a successful season with something palpable at the end of it."

Ahead of their meeting with Weymouth at lunchtime, Dave Challinor and his side are looking for revenge after they were beaten by The Terras earlier in the season by a goal to nil.

"That's always the case when you've previously lost to other teams, you want to right any wrongs.

"Nothing went for us on the day. We may well have been there until now trying to score but hopefully that's a different scenario on Saturday.

"The game has extra importance because supporters are going to be in the ground so hopefully it will be a great atmosphere and I know the players are really looking forward to playing in that environment."

The allocation for the game been sold out with around 1,700 spectators expected for the game at Victoria Park.

Pools will be waiting on the fitness of forward Harvey Saunders who had a scan yesterday on a knee injury but he may not be risked.