Torquay v Hartlepool preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Torquay and Hartlepool at Plainmoor.

Last Updated: 30/08/13 at 18:14   

Martin Rice: Set to retain his starting place

Martin Rice: Set to retain his starting place

Torquay boss Alan Knill has no fresh injury worries as his side look to record back-to-back wins.

Martin Rice will continue in goal with Michael Poke no closer to a first-team return with his thigh problem and he is now facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Gulls head into this clash full of confidence and their manager looks set to name the same starting XI that picked up three points for the first time this season.

Knill was delighted with his strike partnership of Karl Hawley and Callum Ball in the 2-1 away win at Northampton and the pair look set to be given the nod to start once more.

The Pools are once again expected to be without injured skipper Antony Sweeney.

Sweeney has missed Hartlepool's last two matches and continues to struggle with a calf problem, but new loan signing Matty Dolan made an impressive debut following his arrival from Middlesbrough last week and will continue in midfield.

Defender Michael Duckworth, a recent signing from Bradford Park Avenue, was another to catch the eye on his debut against Fleetwood and should resume at right-back, with Neil Austin at left-back.

Striker Nialle Rodney is hoping for his first start for the club after four substitute appearances and midfielder Andy Monkhouse is also pushing for a recall.

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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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