GREAT TO BE BACK - NOW I NEED TO GET MATCH SHARP

Jake Cassidy has words with the referee on Saturday.
Jake Cassidy has words with the referee on Saturday.

Jake Cassidy was thrilled to make his return to National League action on Saturday afternoon.

Casiddy was one of the major positives in a difficult start to the season for Hartlepool United, scoring two goals and impressing with his all-round contribution to the side.

A foot injury kept him out for over two months but he made a surprise return to the bench at Boreham Wood and impressed in a short cameo towards the end of the game.

An excellent cross from the left just evaded Devante Rodney in the closing stages as the visitors went clsoe to stealing an unlikely point.

the draw keeps Cassidy’s side firmly in promotion contention and the striker is thrilled to have return to a side high on confidence and picking up regular results.

He said: “The lads are flying and have picked up some very good results along the way. It is nice to come back into a side that is positive and where people are competing for places, it forces everyone to lift their game and improve.

“It was I’ve only really been back one day in terms of training with the lads, a lot of work has been done behind the scenes, it’s just about getting that sharpness and feel of the ball again.

“It’s fantastic to get back out there, it’s been a very disappointing time for myself personally and I’m really glad now to get back out there.

“I think the injury happened at Macclesfield, second, third game in, to carry on playing was a little bit stupid. People might say brave but I don’t think it would have been as long out if I’d known when to stop. It’s happened now though and I’m glad to be back.”

Cassidy was pleased with the point, with the two sides still locked on the same number of points in the National League table.

He said: “They got a great result in the FA Cup with Blackpool coming here and losing 2-1, so they were high on confidence, credit to us for coming here and getting the clean sheet and a point. But I think it will only be a good point if we back it up against Aldershot on Saturday.

“The support at the Vic is second to none, you can see teams come and they fear playing us, they sit back and think we’ve just got to adapt ourselves to playing against teams that want to do that. If we get three points and another positive result in the next home game then I think we’ll be right up there in the league.

“No one has really run away with it so far, you look in past years there’s always been one or two who have pretty much ran away with it at this point, but I’ve said to the lads in there that I think it suits us sort of chasing the pack, as long as we’re in and around there come Christmas then i think we’ve got enough quality to really kick on and stamp our authority on the league.”

The 24-year-old had special praise for the travelling support, who made up over a third of the overall attendance in North London.

He said: “It was fantastic, the following at Morecambe was absolutely brilliant as well, they’ve haven’t stopped singing all game and it credit to them, it’s a long old slog up and down the country but they’re supporting the boys and everyone can’t thank them enough.”