Hartlepool United’s Colin Larkin thanks Poolie fans for their support

Colin Larkin runs past the Walsall keeper after he scored his first goal. Picture by FRANK REID
Colin Larkin runs past the Walsall keeper after he scored his first goal. Picture by FRANK REID
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A RELIEVED Colin Larkin has thanked the Victoria Park faithful who stuck by him during his 49-game goal drought.

The Irishman’s double during Saturday’s 5-2 thumping at Walsall brought to an end his 18-month barren spell in front of the posts.

Larkin, whose only other Pools goal came during a 3-0 win over Walsall last season, accepts it would have been easy for supporters to jump on his back during the scoreless streak.

But their faith was rewarded at The Banks’s Stadium when the 28-year-old took on the mantle of master marksman, netting either side of half-time to fire Pools into a two-goal lead.

Larkin made a direct bolt for the 200 visiting fans following his opener and he told SportMail today that celebration was a show of appreciation for their backing.

“I could see in the fans’ faces that they enjoyed the goals just as much as I did,” said Larkin, who arrived at Victoria Park in the summer of 2009 from Northampton Town.

Full story in today’s Mail.