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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 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 22 40
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Southend United 21 35
6 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
7 Newport County AFC 20 34
8 Exeter City 21 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Cambridge United 21 29
12 Accrington Stanley 20 29
13 Portsmouth 21 27
14 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 Tranmere Rovers 22 20
22 York City 20 19
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12