Hartlepool United boss reveals Rhys Oates fitness latest ahead of Wealdstone trip

Dave Challinor is hoping to be able to call upon Rhys Oates for the trip to Wealdstone on Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 6:00 am

Oates wasn’t risked against Notts County at The Vic on Saturday teatime in front of the cameras, Pools winning 2-0 to go top of the National League.

Challinor has explained Oates did a fitness test before the game and didn’t feel totally comfortable so wasn’t risked against County.

Challinor said: “He did a fitness test before the game and just didn’t feel comfortable.

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Rhys Oates in action for Hartlepool United. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

"Buster was pretty happy with everything he did, he sprinted, struck the ball but if the player isn’t comfortable in their mind then it’s difficult to ask them to go and do a job properly even if it was 20, 25 minutes from the bench.

"We bit the bullet and didn’t risk it but I’m sure he’ll be fine for next Saturday and we’ll go from there.”

Saturday’s win sees Pools top of the table, a point ahead of Sutton United who have four games in hand in second place.

Gavan Holohan and on-loan Stockport COunty striker Richie Bennett scored in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Notts County at Victoria Park, Holohan’s fourth in as many games and 10th in total this season.

The midfielder started the season in fine scoring form and has started to find the net again at the perfect time as Pools head into the final run of matches.

Challinor is hoping Oates will be able to return to the squad to give him another attacking option as well ahead of the weekend test.

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