Hartlepool United face a local derby against struggling York City on Saturday afternoon knowing that they will be a Football League side once again next season.

After flirting with relegation, former Manager Ronnie Moore was sacked in February and was replaced by Craig Hignett. Pools have seen a positive change in their results and are now assured of League 2 football again next term.

The home side go into the match on the back of three consecutive victories at Victoria Park and will be looking to add a fourth success against the relegation threatened Minstermen.

Hartlepool United will be without the services of experienced striker Billy Paynter who has a hamstring strain while one time York City target Harry Worley misses out after undergoing an ankle operation. Pools are likely to welcome back left back Jake Carroll after recovering from a head injury while Nathan Thomas and Matthew Bates are also available once again.

York City arrive at Victoria Park having lost all of their last six matches on the road with The Minstermen’s 1-1 draw at Carlisle United back in January being the club’s only point  recorded on their travels in 2016.

Injury plagued attacking pair Michael Coulson and Jake Hyde are once again set to miss out with groin problems although full back Femi Ilesanmi and midfield sentinel Russ Penn are both nearing fitness and could be available for selection.

With York City currently sitting nine points from safety with just five games left to play their survival hopes look slim but victory at Victoria Park would at least provide fans with a boost of confidence ahead of a crucial summer of re-building.

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I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpentlandawaydayspcuk/