Cambridge United v Hartlepool United: Selection poser for Pools boss Ronnie Moore

Ellis Harrison on his Hartlepool United debut
Ellis Harrison on his Hartlepool United debut

Ronnie Moore faces a number of selection posers ahead of tomorrow’s crucial League Two visit to Cambridge United.

Hartlepool United played their socks off last Saturday to beat Wycombe, but, on Tuesday night, they were outclassed at Accrington, where they went down 3-1.

Bings and Ellis looked quite sharp with their pace


Moore admits changes could be in the offing at the Abbey Stadium.

“If players do not play tomorrow that’s because they did not perform on Tuesday,” said Moore. “If they don’t perform and someone takes their shirt then they have no scope to complain.”

Rakish Bingham is in contention for his first start since the FA Cup second round replay win over Salford City.

Bingham scored his first goal since mid-October when he came off the bench to net late on at Accrington with a great strike.

The 22-year-old followed that up with a goal in the reserves when Pools beat Rotherham the following afternoon. He could start alongside loan signing Ellis Harrison.

“Bings and Ellis looked quite sharp with their pace,” said Moore.

In midfield, Jake Gray could get the nod ahead of Michael Woods, while Lewis Hawkins impressed as a sub at the Crown Ground, after replacing new signing Nathan Thomas, who struggled to make an impact.

At the back, Moore could give a vote of confidence to the central defensive pairing of Scott Harrison and Adam Jackson.

The duo found it hard against the attacking threat posed by Accrington but were the men of the match last Saturday against Wycombe.

Matthew Bates could play after coming through an hour of the reserves win, following his recovery from a toe problem.

“Batesy strolled through the reserve game, but do I throw him back in?” said Moore. “He’s another one we have to be careful with.

“We may take Batesy, but it may not be a game he starts. We will see.”

Pools (possible): Carson, Richards, S Harrison, Jackson, Carroll, Oates, Featherstone, Gray, Thomas, E Harrison, Bingham. Subs (from): Bartlett, Jones, Bates, Walker, Woods, Hawkins, Smith, Fenwick,