Mick Wadsworth relieved after Peter Hartley ban overturned

Peter Hartley fires in a shot at the Stevenage goal. Picture by FRANK REID
Peter Hartley fires in a shot at the Stevenage goal. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICK Wadsworth admits it is a “relief” that star defender Peter Hartley is available for Saturday’s League One clash with Yeovil Town, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The 23-year-old had been ruled out because of a one-game suspension invoked by his fifth booking of the season during last weekend’s 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United.

But Pools lodged an appeal with the Football Association on Monday in a bid to overturn the caution, citing a case of mistaken identity after TV replays showed Evan Horwood had in fact committed the offence which led to the yellow card.

The club received the news yesterday that their appeal had been successful and that Hartley is free to face Yeovil.

The booking has now been transferred to Horwood’s disciplinary record after both players submitted written statements to the FA.

And Pools boss Wadsworth told SportMail he was glad the authorities had arrived at the “right decision”.

“It’s a relief to have Peter available because he’s a very important player for us,” he said.

“Not just that but it was the right decision and I’m happy the appeal was upheld.

“We can now get on with our preparations knowing who is available because this is a big game for us.

“We need to sort our home form out and having Peter available is a big help, of course.”