HARTLEPOOL United boss Chris Turner tonight tries to get the better of Scunthorpe at the third time of asking.

Pool entertain Brian Laws' side at Victoria Park in the LDV Vans Trophy on the back of defeats at Glanford Park in both Division Three and FA Cup in recent weeks.

Turner is likely to ring the changes. Darren Knowles, Martin Hollund, Tim Sperrevik, James Sharp and Lee Fitzpatrick could all play, while Anth Lormor is likely to be involved after recovering from knee trouble.

With Gary Strodder suspended for the League game at Halifax a week on Saturday, Sharp is in line for a call-up as Turner looks to maintain a good home run.

Saturday's win over Southend was Pool's seventh outing without defeat at home and Turner admitted: "We are putting together a good run at home and the lads are confident.''

Midfielder Mark Tinkler, who gave an impressive display against his old club on Saturday, added: "Hopefully we can keep it going against Scunthorpe.

"We have lost to them twice and it would be nice to beat them."

Visiting striker Guy Ipoua, who bagged a hat-trick in the 3-1 FA Cup defeat on November 18, will play despite being suspended for Saturday's second round tie with Brighton.

The game must be decided tonight, with golden goal and penalties if necessary.

Pool (from): Hollund, Williams, Knowles, Arnison, Shilton, Clark, Strodder, Barron, Sharp, Westwood, Tinkler, Miller, Stephenson, McAvoy, Midgley, Henderson, Lormor, Boyd.

Admission prices have been reduced for the game. Seating is £6 adults and £3 concessions, with terrace tickets at £5 and £3.

* Darlington manager Gary Bennett intends fielding his strongest possible team for the LDV Vans Trophy game at York City tonight.

Bennett wants another win to follow the victory against Mansfield, but he doesn't want to risk some players ahead of the FA Cup tie with Luton.

Skipper Martin Gray looks certain to miss tonight's game because of a hernia problem, which will eventually need surgery.

*l The Middlesbrough branch of the Darlington supporters club is holding a meeting at the Shipmate pub in Middlesbrough, tomorrow beginning at 7.30.

Goals: Rae (33 mins, 1-0); Phillips (64, 2-0).

Bookings: Hughes (foul); Campbell (foul); Nyarko (foul).

Attendance: 46,372

Referee: Peter Jones (Loughborough)

Sunderland (4-4-2): Sorensen 7; Williams 7, Thome 7, Craddock 7, Gray 7; Kilbane 7, Rae 7 (Schwarz 86), McCann 7, Arca 7; Phillips 7 (Oster 89), QUINN 8 (Varga 80). Subs (not used): Thirlwell, Macho.

Everton (4-4-2): GERRARD 8; Watson 6, Weir 7, Ball 6, Naysmith 7; Gemmill 7 (Nyarko 70, 6), Pembridge 6, Hughes 6, Tal 5 (Gravesen 46, 6); Campbell 6, Cadamarteri 6 (Moore 70, 6). Subs (not used): Simonsen, Unsworth.

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