Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore is facing a goalkeeping dilemma for tomorrow’s League Two match at ninth-placed Northampton Town.
Moore has one of his big summer signings, ex-Sunderland keeper Trevor Carson, available for the trip to Sixfields.
Carson was on the bench for last Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Luton, following his recovery from a toe injury which ruled him out of the first seven weeks of the season, allowing Adam Bartlett a free run at first-team action.
Carson got a warm-up game under his belt on Tuesday, in a 3-3 reserve draw with Middlesbrough at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace ground, and Moore may feel a new figure and fresh voice at the back may be beneficial.
“Trevor’s had one reserve-team game and we drew 3-3,” said Moore. “Do we throw him straight back in?”
“Adam has done fantastic, especially in the early games.
“There have been one or two little errors of late, but everyone’s made mistakes recently.
“It’s a big decision – do we stick with Adam or whether we throw Trev in?
“I’ll make that decision at the last minute.”
Pools have a doubt over Matthew Bates, who is under the weather, and miss Carl Magnay after deciding not to appeal his six-match ban for spitting following his red card at Wycombe last month.
Nicky Featherstone looks set to win an instant recall in Magnay’s place.
Hartlepool Utd (from): Bartlett, Carson, Halliday, Harrison, Boyce, Carroll, Jones, Bates, Woods, Featherstone, Walker, Oates, Paynter, Fenwick, Bingham, Oyenuga, Nearney, Smith, Hawkins