Fenwick targets York City crunch derby to make Hartlepool United return

Scott Fenwick celebrates his goal for Hartlepool United against Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID

Scott Fenwick celebrates his goal for Hartlepool United against Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID

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SCOTT Fenwick has been given the all-clear to resume training and is targeting York City away to make his return, Ronnie Moore has revealed.

The Hartlepool United striker – the club’s top league scorer – has been out injured since mid-February with an ankle injury and has been wearing a protective moon boot since.

That is good news for us and just a matter of getting his fitness levels up

Ronnie Moore

But Moore has been boosted by news that he has been given the go-ahead to resume training.

The 24-year-old will first work with head physio Ian Gallagher before stepping up his training with the first team and is targeting the away match against the Minstermen on April 11.

Despite winning three games on the spin to close the gap to safety in Sky Bet League Two to just a point, Pools have missed Fenwick’s goals up front.

The striker notched five in seven starts before getting injured.

Meanwhile, Matthew Bates is two weeks away from a return, after two months out with a severe dead leg.

Moore told SportMail: “Batesy is probably two weeks away, while Fenwick has had the all clear.

“That is good news for us and it just a matter of him getting his fitness levels up.

“He will do a bit with Buster first, rather than the first team lads, and is probably 10 days away and there is a good chance he will be playing after that.

“That gives us some more pressure up front, especially with Marvin Morgan scoring twice in the reserves.”

The Pools boss was pleased to see the second-string come out on top of an 11 goal-thriller against Scunthorpe United, winning 7-4 with on-loan Plymouth Argyle striker Morgan and new signing Ebby Nelson-Addy both bagging a brace.

Moore said it helps create a “winning culture” around the club, as he looks on the first team to build on their three consecutive victories.

“I don’t think there is anymore pressure than before,” said Moore.

“We have had it all season and at one stage we were dead and buried but now we have a chance that we need to grab.

“You get a winning factor around the club, and it was nice to see the reserves get the win too.

“We had some decent performances from one or two of our lads including Ebby.

“For me, he is more for next year but that is not to say he won’t be included because he has been on the bench recently.

“He will be a player - no doubt about that - but I want his fitness levels up to where they should be.

“If you throw him in now, he will end up getting a strain so we will wrap him in cotton wool and then use him as we see fit.”