Andrew Boyce looking forward to seeing ball back in air for Hartlepool United v Carlisle

Andrew Boyce in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Andrew Boyce in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth. Picture by FRANK REID
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Andrew Boyce is looking forward to his sort of game tomorrow.

The 25-year-old will team up with Scott Harrison at the centre of Hartlepool United’s defence for the vital League Two showdown with Carlisle United.

The lads have made a great start and it’s important to build on that and not rest on our laurels


It would not be inaccurate to describe Boyce’s first week and a bit at Victoria Park as eventful.

Just nine days ago, the Doncaster lad was frustratingly placed on the fringes at Scunthorpe United, until a phone call came from Iron boss, Mark Robins, offering a month’s loan stint at Pools.

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Just 18 minutes into the match at Stevenage last Saturday, Matthew Bates limped off injured, with Boyce getting an instant debut.

Pools lost 2-0 at Broadhall Way – the first defeat of the season – and on Tuesday came the 4-0 footballing masterclass from Bournemouth.

It was a torrid night for not only Boyce but the entire Pools team, with perhaps the exception of keeper Adam Bartlett.

Now, Boyce can’t wait to get back to the bread and butter and more direct tactics of League Two.

“It was very different,” smiled the defender.

“I guess at Stevenage, they played to our strengths, but Bournemouth were brilliant.

“They rotated the side but they were first class footballers and you can see they are where they are – they will do well this season.

“It will be a different game tomorrow.

“I’ve heard Carlisle like to pass it around a bit but I think the ball will be in the air more than it was on Tuesday.

“If it’s up in the sky, there is more chance of getting to it than we were against Bournemouth!”

Boyce won what headers he was required to win and will be slightly disappointed to be off target with a late chance.

He is looking forward to teaming up with Harrison and says Pools are keen to respond to their back-to-back defeats with their fourth league win and a clean sheet.

“It was disappointing to concede those goals but I think we’ll do all right together,” he said.

“It’s important to get after that clean sheet. That’s the starting point for any team.

“If we can do that we have a good chance of winning the game.

“The lads have made a great start and it’s important to build on that and not rest on our laurels.”

For Boyce, he is simply happy to be playing football after finding himself out in the cold at Glanford Park.

“I wasn’t involved at Scunthorpe and the gaffer there rang me last week to say it was a good chance for me to go to get some games,” he told SportMail. “I was all for it.

“I’ve not been involved at all this season, which is disappointing.

“I played a lot of games last season but have found myself out of favour a little bit so it’s great to come here to get some matches under my belt.

“I must admit, I wasn’t expecting to be involved that quick [last Saturday], I was on after 20 minutes!”

Boyce says he has settled in smoothly and enjoying life at the Vic and being involved in a matchday squad again.

“It’s been good so far, they are a great set of lads here,” he added.

“I knew a couple of the lads already, Nicky Featherstone and Carl Magnay, but I’ve settled in really well.”