Saturday's opponents Hartlepool United have received a boost with the news that the Football Association have accepted their appeal against a ban for one of their defenders. Peter Hartley had been shown his fifth yellow card of the 2011-12 season on Saturday, but that was deemed to be a mistake by referee Andy Woolmer, who picked out the wrong player following a foul by left-back Evan Horwood.
Horwood supplied a written submission confirming that he was the guilty party, and Pools have now confirmed that the yellow card has been transferred across from Hartley to Horwood freeing the 23 year old to play against Yeovil Town. Normally the Football Association do not allow clubs to appeal against yellow cards; mistaken identity is the only situation that allows this to happen.
Manager Mick Wadsworth told the Hartlepool Mail after learning of the news, that being able to plan with a fixed squad would be good news for him:
"We can now get on with our preparations knowing who is available because this is a big game for us. We need to sort our home form out and having Peter available is a big help, of course."
As Wadsworth suggests, Hartlepool's home form may give the Glovers some hope for their match at Victoria Park. Sat in 10th place in the current League One table, they're having a good season so far. However, whilst they have the 2nd best record in the division on their travels, they have lost their last four home fixtures, giving them a lopsided look to their seasonal record. Their seven goals scored at home is the worst in the division.
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