TEAM NEWS: Cheltenham Town versus Hartlepool United in Sky Bet League Two

Luke James in action against Dagenham and Redbridge. Picture by FRANK REID
Luke James in action against Dagenham and Redbridge. Picture by FRANK REID

LUKE James returns to the Hartlepool United squad for today’s match away at Cheltenham Town but will start on the bench.

Manager Colin Cooper has named the same starting line-up from last weekend’s 2-1 win away at Wimbledon, Pools’ first victory of the season.

James, who has handed in two transfer requests, missed last week’s match and Colin Cooper confirmed afte wards that the striker hadn’t trained in the build-up to the match.

But the 19-year-old - subject of a rejected bid from Peterborough United - was back training at Maiden Castle earlier this week and has been named on the bench at Whaddon Road.

Pools start the match in 19th place in Sky Bet League Two, today’s opponents Cheltenham Town are third after an unbeaten start.

Last weekend they came back from 2-0 down at half-time away to Tranmere Rovers to win 3-2 and go into today’s match full of confidence.

Pools: (4-4-2): Flinders, Duckworth, Collins, Bates (C), Austin, Franks, Miller, Walker, Brobbel, Harewood, Wyke (Richards, 81).

Subs: Dixon, Richards, Holden, Harrison, James, Compton, Woods.

Cheltenham: (3-5-2): Carson, Brown, M Taylor (C), Elliott; Vaughan, J Taylor, Richards, Wynter, Braham-Barrett. Gornell, Harrison

Subs: Haworth, Deaman, Hanks, Black, Sterling-James, Arthur, Marquis.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire)

Whaddon Road, Cheltenham Town.