Morecambe v Hartlepool United: Team news, three changes for Pools

Jake Gray: Moved forward
Jake Gray: Moved forward
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Craig Hignett made three changes for Hartlepool United at Morecambe this afternoon, bringing in Rob Jones, Michael Woods and Nathan Thomas..

Two were enforced alterations with Matthew Bates (thigh) and Billy Paynter (hamstring) ruled out with injuries.

Rob Jones returned to the starting XI for the first time since last month's home win over Dagenham & Redbridge, while Woods replaced Paynter.

Woods came into midfield with Jake Gray pushing forward to join Luke James up front with Thomas taking over from Rhys Oates on the left.

There was a welcome return to the squad for Michael Duckworth, who was named ion the bench, his first appearance since the 4-00 defeat at Porrtsmouth in mid-December.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley, Parrish, Edwards, Conlan, Goodsall, Kenyon, Barkhuisen, Molyneux, Ellison, Miller

Subs: McGowan, Devitt, Mullin, Bailey, Doyle, Stockton, Oliver

Pools: Carson, Magnay, Jones, Jackson, Carroll, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Gray, James, Thomas

Subs: Bartlett, Duckworth, Richards, Laurent, Bingham, Walker, Oates

Referee: Carl Boyeson