Rochdale v Hartlepool preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Rochdale and Hartlepool United at Spotland.

Last Updated: 05/08/13 at 16:13   

Matt Done: In line to make Rochdale bow

Matt Done: In line to make Rochdale bow

Dale boss Keith Hill has a fully-fit first-team squad to choose from for his side's opening-day fixture.

Hill drafted in 10 new faces during the close season, while the same number of players left the club, and has plenty of options for this weekend's home encounter.

Key players Bobby Grant and Jason Kennedy departed to Blackpool and Bradford respectively this summer, but the likes of former Barnsley winger Matt Done, ex-Stoke midfielder Matty Lund and Bastien Hery, from Sheffield Wednesday, are expected to start in a new-look line-up.

Former Aldershot utility man Peter Vincenti and striker Scott Hogan, signed from Hyde, have also impressed during pre-season friendlies and are expected to make their competitive debuts.

Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper is expected to hand his only summer signing Jack Compton his debut in his first game in charge at Rochdale.

Winger Compton teamed back up with Cooper following his release from Colchester - the pair worked together at Bradford - and is likely to be handed a starting role.

Cooper, who replaced former boss John Hughes at Victoria Park in May, has virtually a fully-fit squad to choose from with his only doubts being veteran Steve Howard, who is struggling for match fitness, and fellow striker Zak Boagey, who hopes to shake off a groin problem.

Howard will undergo a late fitness test as relegated Pools look to put last season's disappointment quickly behind them.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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