Hartlepool-born duo Ryan Brobbel and Matthew Dolan star for Middlesbrough’s reserves

Ryan Brobbel.
Ryan Brobbel.

STEVE Agnew today sang the praises of Middlesbrough’s Hartlepool-born duo Ryan Brobbel and Matthew Dolan.

The Boro reserve-team boss said the pair were unlucky not to start yesterday’s Central League East derby with Pools because several first-team squad men were selected for match practice and fitness.

But both came on in the second half and while ex-High Tunstall College of Science pupil Brobbel did not see a great deal of the ball, former English Martyrs lad Dolan looked comfortable in possession in the middle of the park.

Agnew said the duo, both of whom are on pro contracts, are doing well.

“They were a little bit unfortunate not to start the game,” Agnew told SportMail.

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