Stanley’s penultimate away game of the season sees the Reds head north to Hartlepool.
John Coleman’s team go to Victoria Park looking to climb back into League Two’s top three and extend their run of three successive away wins.
After last season’s ‘great escape’ under Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool started this season poorly which saw Moore and the club part company early this year.
His replacement, Craig Hignett, has transformed the side and lifted them away from the danger zone.
Craig Hignett was appointed as the new manager at Victoria Park in February 2016 following the departure of Ronnie Moore.
It is Hignett’s third spell at The Vic, having previously played two games for the club at the end of his career in 2007 before returning as assistant manager to Colin Cooper in 2013.
Having played for Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City among others in his playing career, Hignett will be hoping he can be as successful in management.
Thomas was a January transfer window addition to the Hartlepool ranks when he signed from Mansfield Town.
The winger has made a good start to his career at Victoria Park and is currently in a rich vein of form having scored three times in the last week.
He began his career as a youngster at Sunderland but got his first taste of League football at Plymouth before moving to Mansfield.
Stanley are unbeaten in eight matches following Saturday’s 2-2 with local rivals Morecambe.
They’ve won their last three away games, at Dagenham, Newport and Luton.
John Coleman’s team are fourth in the table, kept out of the automatic promotion spots on goal difference.
Pools have enjoyed a good period of late, winning seven of their last eleven matches.
At Victoria Park they’ve tasted defeat just once since February.
They’re currently 16th in the League Two table with fourth tier status secure for next season.
Scott Brown suffered a hamstring injury against Morecambe at the weekend, with the midfielder subsequently highly unlikely to feature.
Striker Terry Gornell also missed that game through illnes and is being monitored by medical staff.
Matt Crooks returned to training this morning following his ankle problem and was joined by fellow longer term absentee Joe Wright.
Hartlepool have played at Victoria Park throughout their 105 year history. The current capacity of the ground is 7856, however the record attendance was set in 1957, when a crowd of 17,426 watched Hartlepool play Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round.