Hartlepool ace tips Rakish Bingham to be a ‘big asset’ for years to come

Rakish Bingham in action for Hartlepool United against Cambridge United. Picture by FRANK REID
Rakish Bingham in action for Hartlepool United against Cambridge United. Picture by FRANK REID
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Rakish Bingham has been backed to become a ‘big asset’ for Hartlepool United - despite his recent struggles on the pitch.

Bingham hasn’t scored since the opening day win over Morecambe, extending his goalless streak to 11 games in the 4-1 defeat to Luton Town - a game which saw him miss several good openings.

But midfield schemer Michael Woods has no doubts the hardworking striker will soon hit the goal trail.

Woods, 25, believes it is only a “matter of time” before the ex-Mansfield Town man finds his form.

“He’s got pace, he’s honest and grafts – no fear there because he wants the ball and he will be a big asset for us,” Woods told SportMail.

“He will still mature physically and the more games the better he gets – we will always create chances.

“Bings works so hard in training, working hard on his finishing and it’s only a matter of time until he gets one, plus he works so hard for the team.

“We need to take our chances though, of course.”

Bingham partnered captain Billy Paynter up front in the Hatters defeat, with Moore opting for a 4-4-2 formation.

Support on the flanks came in the shape of Rhys Oates and young Connor Smith, both of which impressed ex-Leeds United and Chelsea youth Woods.

He is hoping the side can quickly overcome the deflating defeat to John Still’s Luton and bounce back ahead of a back-to-back double header on the road, first up is a trip to 9th-placed Northampton Town this weekend.

The following week Pools travel to early season strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge.

Woods added: “Bings’ pace is always a threat while Oatesy has brought something different and Smudge started against Luton and did well.

“Luton are a fancied side and I didn’t feel we should have lost 4-1, it certainly didn’t feel that way.

“There are a couple of hard games to come now.”