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The Crown Ground (ATT 1,505) 9th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Last Updated: 08/08/14 4:17pm

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Will Hatfield: Could miss out

Will Hatfield: Could miss out

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Accrington Stanley and Southend United at the Crown Ground.

Will Hatfield could miss Accrington's clash with Southend, despite his determination to make Stanley's Capital One Cup trip to Leeds next Tuesday.

The midfielder was brought through the academy at Elland Road and Accrington manager James Beattie revealed Hatfield is desperate to play against his old club.

However, a slight knock may rule him out of both that game and the Shrimpers contest as Beattie fears a further setback if his problem were to worsen.

Beattie has no other concerns, yet striker Brett Ormerod, who is currently mulling over a move back to the Store First Stadium, is injured and receiving treatment from the club.

Southend had the best defence in League Two last season and Phil Brown has looked to build on that by strengthening his attacking options.

Having missed out in the play-offs after finishing fifth, the Shrimpers have brought in wingers Myles Weston and David Worrall, who played in League One for Gillingham and Rotherham respectively last term.

Cian Bolger is another solid recruit from Bolton, Lee Barnard and Shaquile Coulthirst come in from Southampton and Spurs and veteran Danish defender Mads Ibenfeldt adds strength in depth at the back.

Up front, new recruit Isaac Layne is rated a few weeks behind the rest of the squad, but Barry Corr will look to pick up where he left off last season after scoring five times in his last eight matches and defender Luke Prosser is back to full fitness after suffering injury problems in the final few months of the campaign, with Michael Timlin the only absentee after suffering a dislocated elbow.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18

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