Evan Horwood hopes super strike impressed Mick Wadsworth

Hartlepool United Reserves V Hull City.
Hartlepool United Reserves V Hull City.

EVAN Horwood is hell-bent on winning back his starting jersey – and following a stupendous comeback strike for the reserves he hopes Mick Wadsworth won’t be able to ignore him for too long.

The defender, returning from a two-week thigh layoff, netted what he admits was “the best goal I’ve ever scored” during yesterday’s 6-1 mauling of Hull City.

Receiving a difficult pass from James Brown, Horwood, on the fringe of the centre circle, controlled with the outside of his boot before dispatching a 45-yard lob over the Tigers goalkeeper.

The effort would have no doubt impressed the watching Wadsworth in the stands at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace.

But the fit-again star accepts even that won’t be enough to earn him an instant recall to the starting XI for Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.

“I’m unbelievably determined to get back in but I don’t think I will the way the lads are playing,” he told SportMail having come through 90 minutes with no ill effects after missing the last three matches with a slight muscle tear in his thigh.

“They’ve done brilliantly and I don’t think the gaffer will be changing too much this weekend - if I was one of them I’d be disappointed if I was dropped.

“I’ve just got to work hard to get my opportunity and take it when it comes and make it as hard as possible for the gaffer not to pick me.”

FULL story in Thursday’s Mail ...