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Team News: Maidstone United v Pools

2 August 2018

Andrew Davies Simon Moore (Shutter Press)
Club Captain Andrew Davies

We take a look at the info from both camps ahead of the first game of the new National League season at The Gallagher Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Matthew Bates has a fully-fit squad to choose from for this weekend’s season opener at Maidstone United and will face some selection headaches for the trip to Kent.

The Pools boss has skipper Andrew Davies back available to him after he took a kick in the Sunderland game last week and the centre-back looks in line to start against The Stones.

Paddy McLaughlin looks likely to be in contention to make the travelling squad after he proved his fitness with a runout in the Sunderland friendly after recovering from a virus.

Aaron Cunningham has joined Blyth Spartans on loan until the New Year but he remains suspended for a further two games following his sending-off against Torquay United at the end of last term.

Bates has plenty of options to choose from ahead of the weekend, with no fewer than nine new signings arriving during the summer and in line to make competitive debuts.

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders is sweating on the fitness of winger Andre Coker as they prepare to welcome Pools on Saturday.

Coker joined The Stones from Crystal Palace during the summer and a positive pre-season means he is a likely starter against Pools if he can shake off a thigh problem in time.

Join Mark Simpson for full live commentary on Saturday’s game from 2.50pm on Pools PlayerHD – click here for more information.

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