After more speculation about the future of striker Luke James, Hartlepool United proved there’s more attacking talent to the team than the 19-year-old prospect.
The list of scouts watching James grows by the week, but he was taken out of the firing line for a well-deserved rest as boss Colin Cooper looked at his alternatives.
James, who gives nothing less than 100% in a lone striker’s role week in, week out, watched on as his replacement scored twice.
Pool were two goals down at Cheltenham before a Jon Franks double earned a point and stopped a run of three away defeats in a row.
James could be back for tomorrow’s FA Cup replay against Coventry, but that would be harsh on Franks.
A rest could do James good ahead of the run of games to come in the next few weeks.
Cooper said: “Franksy had his share of chances.
“Luke has been terrific and he might not thank me for leaving him out, but Franksy has been desperate for a chance up front.
“We’ve used him in a few different positions, he’s wanted to be there.
“We gave him a chance at Torquay and changed after ten minutes or so. He can shoot off both feet and has pace.’’
Pool were behind on four minutes - a mix-up between goalkeeper Scott Flinders and Neil Austin saw the ball roll through for striker Jermaine McGlashan to knock into an empty net.
As soon as they went two goals down, a flicked header from Kemar Roofe, Pool dropped their 3-5-2 in favour of a more regimented and preferred 4-4-2 set-up.
While they had created first-half chances to keep themselves in the game – Franks and Andy Monkhouse both denied by keeper Scott Brown – they were off the pace overall.
Franks’ first came from a giant Flinders kick which was left by defence and goalkeeper, allowing him to nip in and finish neatly.
His second was a more measured affair, curling his shot in via a post.
He even had a chance to win it late on, but rolled a low finish past the post when played in cleverly by Monkhouse.
CHELTENHAM TOWN: Brown; Jombati, Brown, Elliott, Braham-Barrett; Taylor, Noble, Richards (Cureton 83), Harrison; McGlashan, Roofe (Penn 46).
Subs (not used): Deering, Gornell, Roberts (gk), Goldson, Ajala.
Goals: McGlashan 4, Roofe 37
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin, Burgess, Baldwin; Duckworth, Dolan, Sweeney (James 65), Walton, Holden (Compton 46); Monkhouse, Franks. Subs: Collins, Rafferty, Rodney, Walker, James.
Goals: Franks 57, 70 Booked: Monkhouse (foul)
Referee: Steve Rushton (Stoke).