Hartlepool United confident Billy Paynter and Michael Woods will be fit to play Carlisle

Billy Paynter in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth's Sylvain Distin. Picture by FRANK REID
Billy Paynter in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth's Sylvain Distin. Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore is hoping two of his most influential players will shake off niggles to be fit for Saturday’s “massive game” against Carlisle United.

Billy Paynter was withdrawn at half-time of last night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Bournemouth after complaining of a “tight hamstring.”

I’ve told the players ‘no golf’, I want them at home putting their feet up and resting

RONNIE MOORE

Michael Woods came off 20 minutes into the second half after taking a “kick”.

With defenders Harry Worley and Matthew Bates already out of action, Moore took no risks with players who have scored four of the six Pools goals this season in league and cup.

Moore is confident Paynter and Woods should be fit for the mouthwatering northern League Two battle against a Carlisle side cock-a-hoop after knocking out QPR last night.

“Billy felt his hamstring go tight, so we didn’t want to risk that,” explained Moore.

“With the score as it was there was no point messing about, so we took him off as a precaution and hopefully he’ll be all right for Saturday.

“It was the same with Woodsy.

“He got a bit of a kick so we brought him off and changed it around a bit.”

Moore has ordered his players to rest today, fearing a fatigue factor after spending much of the second round tie chasing the Cherries players around Victoria Park.

“The worrying thing for me is tired legs because we’ve done so much running,” he admitted.

“I’ve told the players ‘no golf’, I want them at home putting their feet up and resting.

“There is a massive game on Saturday.”