Hartlepool unlikely to sign Slovenian trialists

Brad Walker in action. Picture by FRANK REID
Brad Walker in action. Picture by FRANK REID

TWO Slovenian trialists played the full 90 minutes for Hartlepool United’s reserves as boss Ronnie Moore continues his search for new signings.

But SportMail understands free agents Danijel Jurisic and Denis Mesic are unlikely to be offered a deal following yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Burton Albion.

Scouse midfielder Danny Ventre also played the full match, the 28-year-old is available on a free having left Derry City in November last year.

Moore is desperate to add more quality to a Pools side currently propping up the Football League ahead of the visit of Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

So far, Moore has signed Sunderland defender Scott Harrison and Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham on loan until the end of the season, while Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola joined on loan for a month.

But Moore wants to add two more loans signings ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash at Victoria Park.

It appears unlikely 25-year-old striker Jurisic, who made four sub appearances for Cowdenbeath earlier in the season, and centre-back Mesic will be added to the squad though despite the pair spending time training with Pools this week.

Before joining Derry, 28-year-old Ventre spent five years with Sligo Rovers and was their captain when they won the Premier Division title back in 2012.

They all played 90 minutes as Pools’ reserves were denied victory in injury time at St George’s Park as Burton came from behind to rescue a point in the Final Third Development League outing.

John Hewitson’s side took the lead through Darren Holden in the 55th minute, but Mark Shelton’s cross deflected off Holden and into the net as the hosts grabbed a late equaliser.

Brad Walker and Scott Fenwick both started for

Pools, the striker coming off after 55 minutes ahead of the visit of Cheltenham.

Kieran Green, Fenwick and Walker all had chances to put the visitors in front before half-time, while keeper Jonathan Maxted had to remain alert to deny Lucas Akins who was clean through on goal.

Pools opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second half, catching Burton out with a quickly-taken corner kick and Holden had enough space to curl in the opening goal.

But they couldn’t take further chances and Holden’s own goal late on meant the game finished all square.

Reflecting on the 1-1 scoreline, Hewitson said: “I think we created a lot more opportunities than Burton and they didn’t really hurt us so it’s disappointing we couldn’t hold on for the win.

“We kept possession well at times and there were some good individual performances but we did still lack a little bit of quality in the final third on occasions.

“Josh Nearney and Jordan Richards did well at the back, Kieran Green was industrious in midfield and drove forward well with the ball and Brad Walker looked somewhere back to what he can be.

“Overall we’re satisfied with the performance but we’re frustrated we couldn’t make the most of our chances and lost out on the three points so late in the game.”

Pools: Maxted, Richards, Nearney, Mesic, Holden, Smith, Green (Turnbull 60), Ventre, Walker, Jurisic, Fenwick (Mitchinson 55).

Subs: Howes, Dawson, Blackford.