JOEL Porter and Michael Proctor get another chance to play their way into Paul Stephenson's plans.

The Hartlepool United strikers will play some part of the reserve game with Scunthorpe tonight.

They were both on target in the friendly win at Gretna last week, with Proctor netting a hat-trick.

With Friday's League One game against Huddersfield on the agenda, Stephenson will be wary of asking too much of the pair.

After stopping the defensive rot and conceding just one goal in four games, Stephenson has turned his attention to making an impact at the other end, with the strikers in for special attention on the training ground.

"We've been looking at aspects of our finishing with some shooting drills,'' he said. "I did them with the youth team last season and we got 106 goals in 48 goals which isn't a bad return.

"You don't just need good players, you get the benefits from the sessions and it's something I want to add into the training schedule.''

Porter has had three knee operations this season and Stephenson told the official website: "We've still got to be cautious with Joel because he's been out a long time.

"There are times when he will be back to his best - but he will have flat days as well. Sometimes you can get through it on adrenaline.

"Michael Proctor has looked really sharp in training and put away three good finishes last week.''

Thomas Butler is edging his way towards a return to training after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring strain in the draw at Swansea on January 21.

Teenage striker James Brown, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in pre-season, has also trained this week.

* Huddersfield have sold their allocation of tickets for Friday's game, though the game is not all-ticket.

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