Craig Harrison made three changes to his Hartlepool United for the visit of sixth-placed Sutton United to Victoria Park.
Carl Magnay returned at right-back after mising the FA cup victory at South Shields.
It meant Michael Ledger switched to centre-half to partner Louis Laing at the heart of the defence with Scottt Harrison relegated to the bench.
Nicky Featherstone was ruled out with a groin problem, with Liam Donnelly, shaking of a back injury picked up in the warm-up at Mariners Park, deputising.
Lewis Hawkins returned to the starting XI, replacing Jack Munns who moved down to the bench.
Sutton included former Pools midfielder Simon Walton.
Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Ledger, Deverdics, Donnelly, Hawkins, Woods, Franks, Oates, Rodney.
Subs: Harrison, Adams, Munns, George, Simpson.
Sutton: Butler, Bailey, John, Collins, Thomas, Eastmond, Davis, Walton, Cadogan, Lafayette, Taylor
Subs: Spence, Wright, Dundas, Coombes, Beckwith
Referee: D Middleton