John Hewitson will take a young Pools side to face Spennymoor Town in pre season action at The Brewery Field this evening (7.30pm kick-off).
Young professionals Jordan Richards, Josh Rowbotham, Nathan Buddle, Paul Johnson and Greg Rutherford are all named in the starting line-up.
Also included are trialists Adam McHugh and Nathan Porritt for the clash against the Northern League outfit, who Hewitson is certain will give Pools a stern test.
"It will be a massive challenge for us tonight, no doubt about it," he told us.
"Spennymoor have some talented players in their ranks and quite a few who have experience at a much higher level so it will be a tough game.
"It's something different to what the young lads have been used to during pre season so far so we're looking forward to seeing how they respond to it.
"We'll be hoping for a strong performance and hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves."
Pools: McHugh, Richards, Buddle, Johnson, Rowbotham, Rutherford, Hawkins, Wright, Porritt, Green, Hedley.
Subs: Harbottle, Walker, Halpin, Nearney, Nellis, Mitchinson, Bridges.