Torquay-Hartlepool United: Who will Pools play up front?

Hartlepool United's Devante Rodney.
Hartlepool United's Devante Rodney.

Craig Harrison must make at least one change to his starting line-up for Hartlepool United’s trip to Torquay United.

Devante Rodney picked up a one-match ban after receiving a booking in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Tranmere, ruling him out of the match at Plainmoor (kick-off 3pm).

Leading scorer Jonathan Franks and Rhys Oates, who is second on the goal chart, are almost certain to play.

Harrison though is not shy of options in the attacking sector.

The ever-improving Connor Simpson, who has one goal to his name, could start through the middle with Franks on the left and Oates on the right.

Harrison also has the shorter, yet gifted, option of Munns, who he watched play a full 90 minutes in midweek in the Durham Challenge Cup victory over Hebburn Town.

Munns has not featured in the last two National League matches, having started just behind Oates in the FA Cup win at South Shields following the pair’s success at Solihull Moors, the team’s last league win.

Harrison could go the same route at Torquay with a midfield diamond of Franks, Michael Woods, Lewis Hawkins and Nicky Featherstone.

Or he could go with Oates allied with Franks and move Nicky Deverdics from left-back into midfield.

Deverdics has been one of the best attacking players in the two 1-1 draws with Sutton and Tranmere and Harrison could use him further up the park and start with Blair Adams at left-back.

The Pools squad will train at Aston Villa today en-route to Torquay where the manager will run the rule over his options with assistant boss, Paul Jenkins, and first-team coach, Matthew Bates.

Harrison is minus four other forward players, Jake Cassidy (foot), Ryan Donaldson (ankle), plus James Thorne and Tomi Adeloye who have unspecified injuries.