TEAM NEWS: Pools v Swindon

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

HARTLEPOOL United make one change for the League One opener at home to Swindon Town.

James Poole, as expected, replaces Luke James in attack, where he will partner Steve Howard.

That means the rearguard who shipped five at Crewe Alexandra last weekend will remain the same, goalkeeper Scott Flinders protected by a back four of Neil Austin, Sam Collins, Peter Hartley and Evan Horwood.

The midfield four also remains the same, central pairing Simon Walton and Tony Sweeney supported by widemen Jon Franks and Andy Monkhouse.

Swindon hand a league debut to former Poolie Tommy Miller.

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