Hartlepool Utd will not appeal Hartley’s suspension for Colchester clash

Peter Hartley is cautioned resulting in a one match ban. Picture by FRANK REID
Peter Hartley is cautioned resulting in a one match ban. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United will not appeal Peter Hartley’s one-game suspension – meaning the star defender will miss Saturday’s crucial clash with Colchester United.

The 23-year-old picked up his fifth booking of the campaign during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Brentford, automatically invoking the one-match ban.

Hartley was cautioned in the melee which followed Gary Alexander’s 85th-minute winner for the Bees, referee Carl Berry later claiming that the yellow was shown after the Pools man had adopted an “aggressive attitude”.

But Pools were baffled by the booking given the fact Hartley had accidentally barged into team-mate Evan Horwood in a bid to retrieve the ball from the back of the net after Alexander had scored.

Caretaker coach Micky Barron said at the weekend that they would review the incident before deciding whether to appeal.

But SportMail can confirm that the club will let the matter rest, leaving Hartley unavailable for The U’s visit on Saturday.

Skipper Sam Collins, though, is disappointed that he’ll be without his defensive sidekick.

“Their centre-forward had the ball in the back of the net and Peter ran in there but actually pushed Evan out of the way – so how he can book him is beyond me,” said the 34-year-old.

“I went over to speak to the ref and he said Peter had shown an aggressive attitude – how can you do that to your own player?

“It’s a loss if Pete is out because he’s been brilliant for us this season.”