COLCHESTER United visit Hartlepool United in their final game of the League Two season this afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The U's are aiming to finish the season with a win, having picked up seven points from a possible nine in their last three games.

Colchester, who are 19th, can go above their 16th-placed opponents with a win today.

From team news to line-ups, key men and the referee, all you need to know can be found below ahead of today's game.

U's team news

Colchester are set to be without several players for their game at Hartlepool.

Emyr Huws and Myles Kenlock, who both started their 2-2 draw with Walsall, are both sidelined through injury.

And Cole Skuse (pictured below) is also unlikely to feature, after missing Colchester's game with the Saddlers due to a hamstring issue.


Ryan Clampin remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Colchester interim head coach Wayne Brown on Hartlepool clash:

“It’s not a dead rubber; it’s another opportunity.

“When they step over that white line, their reputation is on the line and that’s got to be their mentality.

“They’ve got to want to be the best player on the pitch, finish the season on a high as an individual and help as a collective get the three points."

Predicted line-ups

Colchester United: George, Coxe, Chambers, Smith, Tchamadeu, Wiredu, Chilvers, Judge, Edwards, Sears, Akinde

Hartlepool United: Killip, Odusina, Ferguson, Hull, Sterry, Morris, Crawford, Featherstone, Bogle, Molyneux, Olomola


Last meeting

Colchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by Hartlepool United when the two teams last met, in February.

Noah Chilvers gave the U's a first-half lead but two goals in four second-half minutes from Omar Bogle and Isaac Fletcher sealed the points for Pools.

Opposition view

Michael Nelson and Anthony Sweeney will take charge of the Hartlepool team for today's game, after Graeme Lee was sacked as manager on Thursday.

A club statement said: “Since losing to Rotherham United on 9th March, the team has won only one of 11 games, picking up just seven points and scoring eight goals.

“Additionally, previously strong home form has not been maintained with no home win since 15th February, resulting in just three points and only three goals in seven games during this period.”



Colchester are viewed at 21/10 by bookmakers bet365 to claim victory today. Hartlepool are 13/10, while the draw is seen as 12/5,.


Ben Toner is the man in the middle for this afternoon's game at Victoria Park.

The Lancashire official has presided over 30 games this season, showing 87 yellow cards and four reds.

Fixtures, League Two, today (3pm kick-off):

Barrow v Northampton Town, Bradford City v Carlisle United, Bristol Rovers v Scunthorpe United, Exeter City v Port Vale, Harrogate Town v Sutton United, Hartlepool United v Colchester United, Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers, Mansfield Town v Forest Green Rovers, Newport County v Rochdale, Oldham Athletic v Crawley Town, Stevenage v Salford City, Walsall v Swindon Town.