Loan man Luke Williams in contention to keep his Hartlepool place

Middlesbrough loan man Luke Williams is in contention to keep his place in Colin Cooper's side for tonight's match against Wimbledon

Luke Williams
Luke Williams in action for Boro

Hartlepool United hope to haul themselves into the top half of the League Two table tonight when they travel to AFC Wimbledon.

Jack Barmby, son of former Middlesbrough and England star Nick, made an instant impact on his debut on Saturday.

The Manchester United loan signing netted one of Pool’s goals in a 2-0 win over York City, scoring spectacularly from the edge of a box in a result which lifted Colin Cooper’s side up to 14th. The manager looks like being without striker James Poole for the 7.45pm kick-off, having failed to shake off the hamstring injury he sustained against Rochdale a fortnight ago.

One man definitely missing is Jordan Richards, who hits the halfway point of his three-game ban after being sent-off against Fleetwood.

Luke Williams is in contention to keep his place, the Middlesbrough loan man having shone on his debut, while Michael Duckworth is ruled out as a result of his double-hernia surgery.

Cooper said of his loan pair: “I thought Luke oozed class from start to finish, and that is why I am delighted he is here. Jack wants to come here and impress people and show why he plays for Manchester United.

“He was impressive.”

Tonight’s hosts sit three places and just a single point ahead of Hartlepool in the table, manager Neal Ardley’s side beating Exeter 2-1 in their last League Two outing on Saturday.

Pool were 3-1 winners when the two met at the Victoria Ground back in October, Cooper’s men chasing a first away win of 2014 after being beaten at Fleetwood in their only other away-day of the new year.

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