Oxford v Hartlepool United: Billy Paynter assesessed and Scott Fenwick in frame

Scott Fenwick: Back at Pools
Scott Fenwick: Back at Pools

Hartlepool United top scorer Billy Paynter is unlikely to be fit for Saturday’s League Two trip to high-fliers Oxford United.

However, joint second-top goal-getter Scott Fenwick is in the frame for the match at the Kassam Stadium.

Scott is back, his loan at Tranmere has been cut short so he’s another body to have back around the place too

CRAIG HIGNETT

Fifteen-goal Paynter hopes to be fit before the end of the season with his hamstring strain responding to treatment.

Fenwick was back in training today at Maiden Castle following the ending of his loan spell at National League promotion challengers Tranmere Rovers.

“Billy is still being looked at and assessed to see where he’s at,” said Hignett in his media conference today.

“Scott is back, his loan at Tranmere has been cut short so he’s another body to have back around the place too.”

Hignett explained that players who are on the fringes of the squad, like Fenwick, are likely to get an opportunity somewhere along the line.

“All these lads who haven’t figured are fighting for their futures,” the manager admitted.

“It’s up to them to make me see they are worth a spot next year.”

One player who will NOT feature in any of the Oxford, Portsmouth and Plymouth fixtures is Scott Harrison.

The defender injured his foot in training and is currently on crutches.

“I feel a bit for Scotty,” said Hignett. “He’s been patient and on the fringe and it was probably the time when he could come in and have a chance to impress.

“The injury now means he won’t and I am gutted for him.”