Ex-Swansea City defender plays for Hartlepool in reserve win

Ex-Swansea City defender Alan Tate (right) is on trial at Hartlepool United

Ex-Swansea City defender Alan Tate (right) is on trial at Hartlepool United

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Former Swansea City defender Alan Tate is on trial at Hartlepool United and featured in the reserves’ 3-2 win over Rotherham United.

Scott Fenwick scored twice as the second string came from 2-0 down to beat Rotherham to win the Final Third Development League game.

Boss Ronnie Moore has been desperate to add to his defensive options and 33-year-old Tate could fit the bill.

Local lad Tate, from Easington, spent over a decade at Swansea, where he made almost 350 appearances.

The centre-half and right-back played a key role in the club’s rise through the divisions to the Premier League but was released in the summer by Swans boss Garry Monk.

Goalkeeper Trevor Carson also started against Rotherham as he continues his comeback from a broken toe.

Pools fell behind early on, when Jerry Yates got on the end of Darnelle Bailey-King’s cross to put The Millers in front. They doubled their lead 30 minutes in, Yates turning provider for Kuda Muskwe who calmly dribbled round Carson.

But Pools fought back through Brad Walker’s 20-yard free-kick before Fenwick bagged a brace, the winner coming four minutes from time. Versatile Tate began his career as a youngster at Manchester United and skippered the Red Devils reserve side.

He enjoyed spells on loan at Royal Antwerp and Swansea before moving to the South Wales club on a permanent basis in 2004.

Pools: Carson, Howes, Tate, Bates, Jones, Green, Walker, Nelson-Addy, Hawkins, Fenwick, Oyenuga.