Team news: Michael Duckworth starts for Hartlepool United at Mansfield

Neil Austin in action against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID
Neil Austin in action against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID
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RONNIE Moore has made one change to his Hartlepool United side for the Boxing Day trip to Mansfield Town with Michael Duckworth returning from injury

Pools, bottom of Sky Bet League Two, are in desperate need of a win and Moore has brought Duckworth back into the side after a spell out with a groin injury.

Sidney Schmeltz drops down to the bench.

Moore keeps faith with strike pairing Marlon Harewood and Joe Ironside up front while Dan Jones is expected to again partner Matthew Bates in the centre of defence.

Last time out Pools drew 1-1 with Oxford United, while 16th-placed Mansfield secured a good win away at Wimbledon.

Pools (4-4-2): Flinders (C), Austin, Bates, Jones, Holden, Featherstone, Woods, Franks, Duckworth, Harewood, Ironside.

Subs: Maxted, Lanzoni, Schmeltz, Green, Compton, Walker, Fenwick.

Mansfield (4-4-2): Evtimov, Sutton, Tafazolli, McGuire (C), Freeman, Lambe, Brown, Waterfall, Clements, Rhead, Oliver.

Subs: Studer, Riley, Bell, Bingham, Palmer, Heslop, Beevers.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

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