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The Victoria Ground (ATT 4,864) 21st April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Morecambe Morecambe

Hartlepool 2

S Walton (S/O 58)
J Compton (67)
J Barmby (81)

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Morecambe 1

K Ellison (25)

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Last Updated: 21/04/14 3:20pm

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Luke James: Nursing an ankle complaint

Luke James: Nursing an ankle complaint

Team news for Easter Monday's League Two clash between Hartlepool United and Morecambe at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool are sweating over the fitness of Luke James ahead of a vital clash with the Shrimps.

The 16-goal striker will be assessed by Pools' medical staff having hurt his ankle in an awkward fall during the 3-0 loss to Burton on Saturday. The injury forced James off and he has been receiving treatment in the build-up to kick-off.

Boss Colin Cooper, whose side have lost their last six games, remains without Antony Sweeney (hamstring), Neil Austin (toe) and Christian Burgess (ankle).

Pools' awful run has seen them slide to within just two points of the League Two relegation zone.

Andy Fleming will miss out when Morecambe head to fellow strugglers Hartlepool.

The 26-year-old midfielder will serve the third of his three game ban for a red card in the home defeat to Mansfield and miss out for a Shrimps side who are without a win in eight League Two matches.

Jim Bentley will be without midfielder Stewart Drummond (toe) once more and he could hand a start to Jack Sampson after the striker grabbed a last-gasp equaliser to earn them a welcome point against Scunthorpe on Friday.

Victory over Pools would all but secure League Two football for Morecambe next season.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 38 76
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 38 57
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37