HARTLEPOOL United will field three trialists plus striker Marlon Harewood in tonight’s Durham Challenge Cup tie at West Auckland.
Harewood will lead the line against the crack EBAC Northern League side after a superb second-half display at Cambridge United.
The 35-year-old produced one of his best performances of the season but has been short of match action after missing the previous three League Two matches.
Director of Youth, John Hewitson, whose team went out of the FA Youth Cup at Sheffield United last night, will take charge of the side.
Michael Woods, who too came on in the second half at the Abbey Stadium ob Saturday, will also play this evening at Darlington Road (kick-off 7.30pm).
Three trialists will be in the side – young former Middlesbrough keeper James Montgomery, ex-Shrewesbury midfielder Steven Leslie and Dutch winger Sidney Schmeltz, who is a free agent following spells Oldham and Shrewsbury.
“It should be an exciting game tonight,” Hewitson told the Pools website.
“Some of the players we have involved will be keen to impress the new manager.
“It’s a good competition to play in and we’ve got a pretty experienced team out there tonight.
“If we play to our potential then that should see us through to the next round but we have to be aware that West Auckland have players who can cause us problems.”
Ex-Pools striker Colin Larkin will be one such man – he scored a hat-trick on Saturday as West Auckland crushed Bedlington Terriers 7-2.
Pools: Montgomery, Richards, Nearney, Jones, Holden, Skidmore, Hawkins, Leslie, Woods, Harewood, Schmeltz. Subs: Barber, Briggs, Cunningham, Elliot, Varga.