Ronnie Moore urges other Hartlepool strikers to seize opportunity following Ryan Bird’s Cambridge United recall

Former Hartlepool United loanee Ryan Bird
Former Hartlepool United loanee Ryan Bird

RONNIE Moore named an unchanged side for the third game in a row against Mansfield Town but he is facing a selection headache ahead of this weekend.

Ryan Bird’s one-month loan spell from fellow League Two side Cambridge United finished after Saturday’s 1-0 win and he has now been recalled by his parent club

With Scott Fenwick still a fortnight away from starting training again, Moore has few other options to pick from.

The emergency loan window closes on Thursday and Moore is keeping one eye on other potential loan deals.

Moore has called on whoever comes in for the Cambridge clash to make the most of the opportunity.

Marlon Harewood was named on the bench on Saturday and seems the most likely to replace 27-year-old in the in-form Pools side, partnering Jonathan Franks up front.

There was no place in the squad again for either on-loan Plymouth Argyle striker Marvin Morgan or winger Jack Compton.

“Scott Fenwick is probably two weeks away still,” said Moore.

“So there is not a lot of choice but it is a chance for someone to come in.”

After a busy week involving two away trips to Morecambe and Oxford United followed by the battling display against Mansfield, the Pools players not involved in the reserves will be given a couple of days off this week.

The second string travel to Scunthorpe tomorrow afternoon (2pm).

Moore added: “The lads have worked so hard all week with the travelling, so they will be in today, and probably off Tuesday and Wednesday just to try and get energy levels back in them after a long week.”