TEAM NEWS: Hartlepool United take on Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League Two

Dan Jones in action against Luton Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Dan Jones in action against Luton Town. Picture by FRANK REID
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SAM Collins has opted against tinkering with his Hartlepool United side for tonight’s trip to Accrington Stanley.

The Pools caretaker boss had considered freshening up his side but he has kept faith with the same starting line-up for the third successive match.

Charlie Wyke again leads the line up front, with support from Ryan Brobbel and Lewis Hawkins.

Matthew Bates keeps his place in central midfield, playing alongside Tommy Miller and Michael Woods.

New loan signing, Matt Crooks, signed from Huddersfield Town today on a month-long loan deal, starts the game on the bench.

The 20-year-old can play anywhere across midfield and also up front.

Struggling Pools start the match third bottom, while Stanley have lost their last two matches and are 18th in Sky Bet League Two.

Pools (4-3-3): Flinders (C), Duckworth, Austin, Harrison, Jones, Miller, Bates, Woods, Brobbel, Hawkins, Wyke.

Subs: Woodman, Richards, Crooks, Green, Franks, Walker, Smith.

Accrington (4-5-1): Joronen, Joyce (C), Aldred, Winnard, McCartan, Gray, O’Sullivan, Maguire, Molyneux, Procter, Atkinson.

Subs: Bowerman, Barry, Mingoia, Carver, Hatfield, Windass, Simpson.

Referee: Andrew Madley.