Hartlepool Utd star to face old Sunderland team-mate in Carlisle Utd clash

Nathan Luscombe

Nathan Luscombe

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IF former Sunderland team-mates Nathan Luscombe and Liam Noble are scrapping for a loose ball in tomorrow’s derby then don’t expect the old pal’s act to come into play.

Already in their fledgling senior careers the Academy of Light graduates have been sent for the proverbial ‘early bath’.

Noble was given his marching orders against Pools in last season’s corresponding fixture for a two-footed lunge on Antony Sweeney.

Luscombe, meanwhile, has only recently returned from a three-game ban for a similarly reckless challenge during last month’s 1-1 draw with Walsall.

The Pools man admits that Noble, like him, can be a bit of a “loose cannon” and that is why sparks could fly should they line up against each other at Brunton Park tomorrow afternoon.

“Liam Noble is one of my good friends and he got sent off in the game last season – he’s a bit of a loose cannon as well,” laughed the 21-year-old.

“He’s a really good lad though and I think he’ll have a big future in the game.

“I hope I get the chance to play against him because we’d both want to get one over on each other even though we are pals.”