Carl Magnay made a triumphant return to Hartlepool United colours after a six-game FA ban.
And the stand-in skipper could get put in the reserves tomorrow – not that he did anything wrong in the 3-1 win over Leyton Orient.
Mags dusted the cobwebs off ... after the first 15 minutes or so, he was off and runningRONNIE MOORE
Given he’s missed so much football – yesterday’s win was only his second match of the last 12 – Pools may opt to give him some game-time in the reserve league match against Gateshead.
Moore was really happy with the form of the 26-year-old – initially he was worried he may not last the whole 90 minutes, having had only one reserve appearance since the end of his six-match ban.
The manager threw him the skipper’s armband with Billy Paynter out with Achilles trouble and occasional captain Nicky Featherstone coming out of the side to make room for Magnay’s return.
“We were looking about for a skipper, there aren’t many, are there?” said Moore.
“We have four loan players and I wasn’t going to give it to Trevor because I don’t like my keepers as captains.
“Mags dusted the cobwebs off early on. He lost possession a bit but after the first 15 minutes or so, he was off and running.”
If Moore and assistant Sam Collins feel he would benefit some more match-action, Magnay could feature against his hometown club at Bedford Terrace (kick-off 2pm).
Several first-team men could figure in John Hewitson and Ian McGuckin’s team at the Billingham Town ground.
Scott Harrison, who played 15 minutes-plus yesterday after coming on as sub, is back after a hamstring strain so may play along with unused subs, Adam Bartlett, Dan Jones and Michael Woods.
It could present a chance for Rakish Bingham to get among the goals, while midfielders, Brad Walker and Jason Banton, who did not even make the 18 yesterday, will almost certainly play in the Final Third Development League derby.
For Moore and Collins, it’s a fine balancing act between giving players game-time and them missing the regular first-tea training session.