Exeter City-Hartlepool United: Billy Paynter back for Pools

Billy Paynter will return to the Hartlepool United squad for Saturday's League Two trip to Exeter City.

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 11:09 am
Updated Thursday, 11th August 2016, 12:14 pm
Bill Paynter: Fit to play. Picture by FRANK REID

Paynyter was missing at Preston on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup after being sent home feeling under the weather.

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The skipper, whose penalty against Colchester earned Pools a point last Saturday at the Northern Power & Gas Stadium, returned to training today at Maiden Castle.

“Billy’s training today,” Pools boss Craig Hignett said this morning. “He could have played on Tuesday, at a push, but I didn’t see the point in risking him in the EFL Cup.”

Hignett has another tough selection process to negotiate, having made five changes in midweek with all his ‘stand-ins’ at Deepdale performing well.