Hartlepool goal hero Cassidy hoping to get assists for Amond

Jake Cassidy and Padraig Amond.
Jake Cassidy and Padraig Amond.

Jake Cassidy admits he’s as keen to help “fox in the box” Padraig Amond get off the mark, as he is add to his own Pools goals tally.

The 24-year-old former Guiseley forward was Hartlepool United’s hero on Tuesday night, with his goal earning Craig Harrison’s men a draw, and their first National League point, at Macclesfield Town.

And while he prides himself on his own goal tally, Cassidy says he’s keen to see the Irishman get up and running.

Ahead of the visit to Maidenhead United on Saturday, Cassidy said: “Fingers crossed I can put a few things on a plate for him.

“I think Podge will enjoy playing with me because I will always put myself about a bit and win things for him.

“We pride ourselves on our workrate but Podge is the real fox in the box.

“When he was at Grimsby he scored 38 goals which is unbelievable.

“Hopefully he can get off the mark and we can forge a decent partnership at this level.”

Having had a low key pre-season, Cassidy has burst on the scene when the real ball has come out, producing a solid display v Dover and again standing out with his physical approach, dominance in the air as well as his willingness to get stuck in.

Manager Craig Harrison mentioned post-match how he thinks the tireless running and workrate of his front duo will mean they dovetail perfectly.

Cassidy tends to agree.

“I’m sure we will rub well off each other,” he said. “First half I felt we were a bit here, there and everywhere but in the second half I think the two of us adapted to the shape. We are a lively partnership.”

His first start and his first goal - things don’t much better than that for Cassidy.

But this is not uncharted territory for the striker.

He did the same last season at this level, after he signed for Guiseley.

Cassidy, signed in October, then went on to net a very respectable eight goals in 30 games in a struggling side.

He hopes his Moss Rose strike can also be the start of something special at the Vic.

“I did for Guiseley against York last season and I manager to kick on from there,” said Cassidy.

“Hopefully I can do the same again here.”