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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 2,939) 6th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Drysdale

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Bury Bury

Hartlepool 2

A Monkhouse (42, 71)

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Bury 0

C Fagan (S/O 45)

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Last Updated: 05/04/13 1:58pm

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Simon Walton: Red card rescinded

Simon Walton: Red card rescinded

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Hartlepool and Bury at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool are boosted by the availability of Simon Walton for the visit of the Shakers.

The club successfully appealed against the red card shown to the midfielder against MK Dons on Good Friday and he will be available for Pools' run-in.

Boss John Hughes also hopes to have James Poole available. The striker is closing in on a return from the leg injury that has kept him out of the last three games.

His return would come as a major boost to a side who have failed to score in their last eight outings and lie at the foot of the table.

Elsewhere, midfielders Ritchie Humphreys (calf), Jack Baldwin (ankle) and Nathan Luscombe (knee) are hoping to be cleared to play but Evan Horwood and Antony Sweeney (both hamstring) remain major doubts.

Bury head into their vital League One basement clash against Hartlepool without club captain Steven Schumacher.

Schumacher, the Shakers' top scorer this season with 10 goals, will miss the rest of the campaign having played through the pain of a hernia problem for a number of months.

The former Everton youngster has finally admitted defeat to his condition and is expected to undergo surgery next week.

Veteran defender Efe Sodje is expected to be fit having had treatment on a jaw injury he sustained when a ball struck him in the face during the 2-0 defeat to Leyton Orient.

Valery Mezague came on for Sodje midway through the second half but may have to be content with a place on the bench once more.

Boss Kevin Blackwell has winger Craig Jones (hamstring/thigh), Phil Picken (knee), Adam Lockwood (groin) and Shane Byrne (blood infection) as long-term absentees.

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2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
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6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40