Mick Wadsworth looking to make most of sparse fixture scheduling

Hartlepool Manager Mick Wadsworth shows his anger at reserve official Seb Stocksbridge. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool Manager Mick Wadsworth shows his anger at reserve official Seb Stocksbridge. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth hopes that the sparse scheduling of Hartlepool United’s next seven fixtures will allow his walking wounded to return to full fitness.

Pools’ 2-0 win over Exeter City on Saturday was the first of eight consecutive weekend matches for Wadsworth’s men, their next midweek date not coming until late October.

That victory over the Grecians was achieved minus rearguard regulars Sam Collins and Evan Horwood.

Skipper Collins has been struggling with tight hamstrings in recent matches while Horwood eventually succumbed to a longstanding thigh problem late last week.

Wadsworth is a little vexed that the frenetic early-season programme could not have been stretched out into the campaign, but nonetheless he can see the positive side of the seven-day break between games.

“I must say it beggars belief the way that we space the games out in this country,” he told SportMail today as preparations began for Saturday’s trip to Carlisle United.

“It’s just filled with so many games at the start of the season and now we’ve got a long period of Saturday, Saturday, Saturday.

“You do think ‘why can’t you spin it out a little bit?’.

“But it’s two fold. We can certainly do a lot more on the training ground, which is welcome.

“We need to do some more work on our set-pieces, for one, because we need to get them firing again.

“It also means we’re not fighting to get players fit in two or three days and we’re not having to cut corners fitness wise.

“It gives the medical time more time to do their work so in that sense it is a welcome break from the frenetic programme.”

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