TEAM NEWS: Notts County v Pools

Neale Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID
Neale Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United have been forced into a late change ahead of this evening’s game at Notts County (kick off 7.45pm).

Right-back Neil Austin – who appeared in every minute of every game last season – has been suffering from a calf strain and has failed a late fitness test.

That means 18-year-old Jack Baldwin will deputise, leaving Pools with just six substitutes.

Among them is goalkeeper Adam McHugh, who completed his move to Victoria Park earlier today.

Ex-Pools favourite Gary Liddle starts in the centre of defence for County.

The heavens have just opened here at Meadow Lane, although it is thought the storm will pass before kick-off.

Pools: Flinders; Baldwin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood; Monkhouse, Walton, Sweeney, Franks; Howard, Poole. Subs: Humphreys, Luscombe, Murray, Holden, McHugh, James

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