Hartlepool boss could rotate squad for Halifax clash

Rhys Oates
Rhys Oates

Craig Harrison admits he could rotate his Hartlepool United side as they prepare for the middle match of a vital three-games-in-eight-day period.

Pools face Halifax Town at Victoria Park tonight on the back of a distinctly below-par display on Saturday against Aldershot (kick-off 7.45pm).

The side was poor throughout and Harrison has the scope to make changes, should he go down that route.

Pools struggled to get going against the Shots and they need a reaction this evening against the out-of-form Shaymen.

Forwards Rhys Oates and Jack Munns, who came off the bench in the second period, are both contenders to start tonight, as is midfielder Michael Woods, who lost his starting berth after the 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Morecambe.

Unused sub, Conor Newton, plus fellow midfielder Lewis Hawkins and Tomi Adeloye, who did not make the match-day squad at all against the Shots, are also in contention.

Pools follow tonight’s match with a mid-table tussle at Ebbsfleet at the weekend.

“We are in the middle of three games in a week,” Harrison said. “After a heavy two or three weeks there could be a possibility of some rotation.”

Harrison will check on the fitness of Jake Cassidy to see if the forward is ready to start back-to-back games.

The 24-year-old spent 10 weeks on the sidelines with a foot problem and the manager will be mindful not to place too much on him too soon.

Halifax boss Billy Heath will be without suspended defender Matty Brown and forward Ben Tomlinson (hamstring) while there are doubts over on-loan Port Vale midfielder Harry Middleton (gashed leg) and winger Matty Kosylo (knee).