Football - Walton ready for Shakers showdown

Hartlepool are boosted by the availability of Simon Walton for the visit of Bury.

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The club successfully appealed against the red card shown to the midfielder against MK Dons on Good Friday and he will be available for Pools' run-in.

Boss John Hughes also hopes to have James Poole available. The striker is closing in on a return from the leg injury that has kept him out of the last three games.

His return would come as a major boost to a side who have failed to score in their last eight outings and lie at the foot of the table.

Elsewhere, midfielders Ritchie Humphreys (calf), Jack Baldwin (ankle) and Nathan Luscombe (knee) are hoping to be cleared to play but Evan Horwood and Antony Sweeney (both hamstring) remain major doubts.

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