Carl Magnay is in line for a recall to the Hartlepool United first team after successfully completing 90 minutes in the reserve’s 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers.
The versatile 26-year-old is available to Ronnie Moore again after completing a six-match FA ban after spitting following his red card in the 2-1 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers in September.
And he boosted his chances of making a swift return to the side for the visit of Leyton Orient in League Two on Sunday after performing well in the reserve outing.
Pools’ second string had to settle for a point though, despite twice taking the lead in their Final Third Development League match.
Connor Smith scored twice for John Hewitson’s side, which also included Jordan Richards, Brad Walker, Jason Banton and Michael Woods.
Smith opened the scoring from close range after 18 minutes. Rovers equalised seven minutes before the break when Billy Whitehouse wriggled in to space before crossing for Dany N’Guessan to head home.
Within three minutes of the second-half, Pools were back in front. Woods finding Smith who doubled his tally with a smart finish.
Pools looked on course for the win but with 12 minutes remaining Connor Williamson headed the equaliser into the bottom corner.
Hewitson said: “I think we should probably have won the game because we had the majority of the play and most of the best chances.
“We played particularly well in the first half and enjoyed lots of possession so we were a bit disappointed to be coming in level at the break.
“We’ll take a positives and it was great to see Jordan Richards back out there after injury looking solid and delivering some really good crosses in to the box.
“And Carl Magnay also got 90 minutes under his belt which was pleasing because he did a good job in there breaking things up and moving the ball about well.”
Pools: Bartlett, Richards (Turnbull 60), Cunningham, Jones, Howes, Nelson-Addy (Jewson 75), Magnay, Walker, Banton, Woods (Travers 75), Smith.
Subs not used: Dawson, Elliott.