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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,297) 24th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Rushton

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Jon Parker: Battling a calf strain

Jon Parker: Battling a calf strain

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Hartlepool and Fleetwood at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool's two new signings Matty Dolan and Michael Duckworth are both expected to be included in the squad.

Midfielder Dolan arrived on a month-long loan deal from Middlesbrough on Wednesday and Bradford Park Avenue defender Duckworth signed a permanent deal 24 hours later. Both players could start as Pools chase their first win.

Skipper Antony Sweeney remains sidelined with the calf injury that kept him out of last week's goalless draw at York, but manager Colin Cooper has no other selection problems.

Striker Steve Howard hopes to retain his place up front alongside James Poole after making his first start of the season last week.

Fleetwood are unsure if striker Jon Parkin will travel with the squad.

The veteran forward has yet to feature this season because of a calf strain and, while that injury is improving, he may not be fit enough to make the trip.

Other than Parkin, boss Graham Alexander should have a full compliment of players at his disposal.

Centre-back Ryan Cresswell is fit despite taking a knock to the head against Burton and midfielder Gareth Evans is considered to be over his foot injury.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39