Hignett Names Strong Starting Eleven

Gus Mafuta, Hartlepool United

Craig Hignett has named a strong starting eleven for this afternoon’s pre-season friendly against Middlesbrough (1pm kick-off).

Summer signings Ben Killip, Michael Raynes, Gus Mafuta, Gime Toure, Luke Molyneux and Nicke Kabamba all start against Jonathan Woodgate’s visitors.

Jason Kennedy is once again a starter in the centre of midfield as he continues his trial with the Club but Mark Kitching isn’t risked after jarring his back in the game at Newton Aycliffe.

We’ll have updates from the game on our Twitter feed from 1pm and you can also listen to full live online commentary on BBC Tees.

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Kerr, Raynes, Richardson, Mafuta, Kennedy, Holohan, Toure, Molyneux, Kabamba.
Subs: Young, Cunningham, Noble, Featherstone, Bale, Hawkes, James, Muir, Shepherd, Webster.