You'll have to miss Jumanji to go to Hartlepool...
By Luke Thornhill
Updated Monday, 24th December 2001
After two important home wins over high-flying sides United must now grind out two equally important away results over the festive period.
Travelling Iron fans will have to miss the TV family movies of Jumanji and Back To The Future Part Two, to make the trip up to Hartlepool’s Victoria Ground. A hardship I’m sure you’ll agree.
Last season the monkey hangers were a surprise package, but were denied
His season though the North-East outfit have failed to live upto the heightened expectations and currently lie in 12th position.
Recent results for the Pool have been mixed, with a more than respectable 2-2 away draw at Luton Town preceded by a 2-1 home defeat by the same side.
Top scorer for the opposition is Gordon Watson, who has found the back of the net eight times from sixteen appearances.
However, if United play to their best then it is unlikely they will be leaving Victoria Park without any points.
Scott Brough will drop out of the side despite his excellent performance against Plymouth to make way for the vastly experienced Peter Beagrie to create the opportunities down the left wing, Lee Hodges will revert to the right wing.
Hopefully Brian Laws will not persist with Carl Bradshaw, who struggled on Saturday. Putting Matthew Sparrow in right from the start seems the best way to keep the midfield creating chances for Carruthers and Torpey, as Brads didn’t seem to do anything of note against Argyle.
Other than bringing Beags in, and hopefully Sparrow, United will remain unchanged again.
Jamie McCombe is set to continue at centre-back, despite Thom’s return to near full fitness. The impressive form of the youngster means Thom has not been rushed back.
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