English League Two football club Hartlepool United has been forced to distribute match tickets by post after problems with the installation of new turnstiles at its home ground.

The fourth-tier club said it has invested heavily in “a state-of-the-art ticketing system” over the summer which should allow season-ticket holders to enter the ground using a card.

However, Hartlepool claim to have been “let down by the suppliers of the required turnstiles”, which means the new cards cannot yet be validated at the stadium.

The club said it will therefore send out printed tickets to season-ticket holders for the first two games of the 2016-17 campaign.

A club spokesperson said: “There will now be a short delay in getting the system up and running.”