Brown opts for experience for Rovers

STARTING SPOT: Chris Sainty

STARTING SPOT: Chris Sainty

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ALAN Brown has opted for “experience” when he sends out his Hartlepool Rovers side in their bid for their first double of the season.

Rovers travel to Durham Northumberland One form side Medicals in a key fixture at the start of the new year.

Medicals have climbed from the bottom of the league with a stunning run of nine wins from their last 11 matches – a sequence of results only leaders Darlington can better.

When Rovers hammered them 46-15 near the start of the season, the Newcastle outfit were stuck winless at the foot of the table.

But such has been their recovery, they now lie fifth and a bonus-point win tomorrow at Cartington Terrace would pull them level with Rovers on 49 points.

It is therefore a big test for Brown’s boys – a win would keep them in touch with the battle for a play-off place and open up an eight or nine point gap over the Medics.

Brown has plumped for old heads tomorrow, particularly in the backs where Rovers field a three-quarter line with four players have National League experience.

“I have gone for experience and I’m expecting those players to lead from the front,” Brown said.

“It’s a really tough game to re-start the league and I want the lads to stand up and be counted.”

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