Ronnie Moore keen for extended look at ex-Dunfermline wing-back Alex Whittle

Triallist Fergus Bell is trying to win a contract at Hartlepool United
Triallist Fergus Bell is trying to win a contract at Hartlepool United
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Ronnie Moore is keen for an extended look at ex-Dunfermline Athletic wing-back Alex Whittle - who played 45 minutes in the 4-0 win over Spennymoor Town.

The 22-year-old Scouser left the Scottish side in the summer and has been recommended to Moore, who was impressed with his debut display in a Pools shirt.

Whittle is ex-Dunfermline, a Scouse lad, who was recommended to us.

Ronnie Moore

Whittle will spend the next week at Pools and is set to play some part in the home game against Scunthorpe United at Victoria Park tomorrow night.

He played in the left wing-back position against Spennymoor, a game which also saw triallists Fergus Bell, 24, and Johnny Giles get more game time in midfield.

A decision on their futures is expected imminently, with Moore speaking to them about their futures over the weekend.

“Whittle is ex-Dunfermline, a Scouse lad, who was recommended to us,” Moore told SportMail.

“I thought he did okay in the first half given he had just got out of the car and met everybody before kick-off.

“He was positive in what he was trying to do.

“I have invited him up for a week.

“We haven’t got too many left-sided wing-backs and I thought I’d have a look, I was pleased.

“We’ll give him a week and a bit of the Scunthorpe match.”

Pools enjoyed a comfortable afternoon against non-league Spennymoor, with Scott Fenwick, Bell, Connor Smith and Jake Carroll all getting on the scoresheet.

It was a feisty encounter at times though, with Moore unhappy with some of the challenges, including a late lunge on Scott Harrison in the first half.

Moore added: “First half was tight, which you would expect.

“There were one or two rasping tackles which I wasn’t too happy with, If I’m honest, for a pre-season game.

“In a proper game the challenge on Scott [Harrison], their lad would have been sent off.

“But it is a man’s game.

“The aim was all about moving the ball quicker and first half, going down hill, we probably got a bit casual.

“We should have been more than 1-0 up.

“Second half we moved the ball a lot quicker and moved off the front a lot quicker.”