TEAM NEWS: Hartlepool United v Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two

HAPPY DAYS: Jack Compton celebrates after opening the scoring against Morecambe. Picture by FRANK REID
HAPPY DAYS: Jack Compton celebrates after opening the scoring against Morecambe. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United gaffer Colin Cooper has made two changes to his side for this afternoon’s clash at Victoria Park with Exeter City - the final match of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.

James Poole and Jack Compton are handed starts against the Grecians, with Poole replacing Jack Barmby, who is out with an ear infection.

Compton starts on the left-flank in place of Andy Monkhouse, while Jonathan Franks continues up front with Marlon Harewood.

Luke James returns to the squad and is on the bench after an ankle knock.

Cooper has also named 17-year-old Connor Smith in the squad for the first time and takes his place on the bench.

Pools are currently 17th in Sky Bet League Two with 53 points, while the Grecians are a point behind in 20th place.

Both sides have already assured their place in League Two for next season, but Pools boss Colin Cooper will be hoping for a win in front of the home fans to end the season in a positive fashion.

Pools (4-4-2): Flinders, Duckworth, Collins (C), Harrison, Holden, Oliver, Walker, Compton, Poole, Franks, Harewood.

Subs: Rafferty, Rowbotham, Richards, Jones, Hawkins, James, Smith.

Exeter (4-4-1-1): Pym, Woodman, Bennett (C), Sercombe, Moore-Taylor, Dawson, Keohane, Tillson, Grimes, Wheeler, Gill.

Subs: Krysiak, Butterfield, Baldwin, Nichols, Gosling, Jay, Watkins.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)