Nicky Featherstone has shrugged off a groin injury to take his place in a strong line-up for today’s game against Colchester United at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium (3pm kick-off).
The midfielder is thrust straight back in to the starting eleven after being rested in the final friendly against Scunthorpe United seven days ago.
New signings Lewis Alessandra, Padraig Amond and Toto Nsiala are handed their competitive debuts, while fellow summer recruit Nicky Deverdics is among the substitutes.
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Pools: Carson, Magnay, Nsiala, Jones, Carroll, Featherstone, Alessandra, Hawkins, Thomas, Amond, Paynter.
Bartlett, Richards, Bates, Laurent, Deverdics, Woods, Oates.Subs:
Walker, Brindley, Lapslie, Prosser, Wright, Porter, Szmodics, Eastman, Slater, Guthrie, Kinsella.Colchester United:
Bransgrove, Kent, Loft, Vincent-Young, Johnstone, Bonne, Sembie-Ferris.Subs: