Hartlepool United have handed a trial to 22-year-old midfielder Kingsley Williams - and he scored a 20-yard volley on his debut.
The Pools first team may be struggling for a win but the reserves are off to a flying start thanks to the 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United.
Boss Ronnie Moore is keen to strengthen his midfield and defence and Williams made an impression in the Final Third Development League victory, with livewire Connor Smith also notching.
Williams, a former Sheffield United youth, has played all over the world including spells in Australia with Sydney Olympic and Cultural Deportiva Leonesa in the Spanish Segunda División.
In January this year, a move to AC Monza fell through and he signed for Ilkeston FC. Williams is now on trial at Pools, playing in yesterday’s reserve win.
The early stages were wide open, with Smith and Kudus Oyenuga going close for Pools, while Jamie Ness and Hakeeb Adelakun carved out chances for the hosts. Pools took the lead after 15 minutes, Smith allowed to cut inside from the left before curling a shot in to the corner of the net.
It wasn’t long before it was 2-0, Williams with the clinical volley into the top corner.
It was far from one way traffic though, with young stopper Peter Denton saving from Adelakun, while Dave Syers saw his effort hit the cross bar. Denton was enjoying a busy afternoon and in the second half saved from Ness, James Dean-Atkinson and a wonder save to claw away sub George Barmby’s effort.
Ebby Nelson-Addy cleared off the line late on to ensure Pools came away with the win.
John Hewitson and Ian McGuckin are overseeing the reserves and they named a strong side, with Brad Walker, Matty Bates and Stuart Parnaby given a run out. Parnaby - who has been training with Pools despite being released at the end of last season - lasted just 14 minutes.
Hewitson said: “I think we deserved the win because we just about edged it but we rode our luck at times. We were a bit sloppy in the first part of the game but we grew in to it and the goals helped settle us down and after that we could have scored a couple more.”
“Overall I was pleased with the result but I think our performance can improve, particularly in terms of keeping the ball.”
Pools: Denton, Parnaby (Wood 14), Howes, Green, Turnbull, Bates (Travers 61), Nelson-Addy, Walker, Smith, Williams (Elliott 88), Oyenuga.