Ex-Aston Villa youth Ebby Nelson-Addy to start for Hartlepool at Carlisle

Ebby Nelson-Addy in action for Hartlepool United Reserves during their 1-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves.
Ebby Nelson-Addy in action for Hartlepool United Reserves during their 1-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves.

FORMER Aston Villa youth Ebby Nelson-Addy will be handed his first start for Hartlepool United in tomorrow’s season finale at Carlisle United.

The 22-year-old has been pressing for a start since joining on a free from non-league Brackley Town.

Connor Smith, Ronnie Moore and Keiran Green. Picture supplied by Hartlepool United.

Connor Smith, Ronnie Moore and Keiran Green. Picture supplied by Hartlepool United.

And boss Ronnie Moore says the winger will start against Keith Curle’s Carlisle United at Brunton Park (KO 3pm) after coming on as a sub in the recent 3-0 defeat at Luton Town.

But Pools will be without David Mirfin, who has returned to Scunthorpe United after suffering a badly bruised toe and Dan Jones, who needs an operation on a wrist injury he has been carrying since January.

Moore said he was tempted to “mix things up” for the dead rubber match but admitted the starting line-up won’t be too far away from the side that started the 2-1 win over Exeter City.

“Ebby will certainly play but where he plays and what shape I don’t know at the moment,” Moore told SportMail.

Ebby will certainly play, but where and what shape we will have I don’t know yet

Ronnie Moore

“Dan Jones won’t play as he needs an operation on his wrist and if we don’t get him in now, then he will miss pre-season.

“I was going to play 3-5-2, but we are short in the centre back positions.

“There is food for thought but definitely Ebby will play.

“I don’t think there will be too many other changes, though.

“Mirf can’t play, he has been ordered not to.

“He doesn’t need an op but it is still very sore and that is his season over.”

Nelson-Addy came up through the ranks at Villa, where he spent 12 years after joining the club aged eight, and Moore has tipped him for a bright future.

A regular for the Villa reserve side, he struggled to break through into the first team and was released in the summer of 2012.

Since then, he has spent time in non-league with Worcester City and Brackley Town before joining Pools.

Meanwhile, Kieran Green and Connor Smith have agreed terms on professional deals with the club and will officially become professionals on July 1.

Green, 18, has been with Pools since Under-15 level and made an impact with the first team after travelling with the senior squad to Spain in pre-season.

Smith, 17, can operate on the wing or up front and has already tasted first team football.

Moore said: “They’re both good players and, importantly, they both have fantastic attitudes.

“We’ve told them that they’ve worked hard to earn the reward of a professional contract but now they have to work even harder to continue their development with the first team.

“They’re both exciting prospects, there’s no doubt about that, and if they keep on listening to the advice they’re given then we’re confident they can become important players for this club.”

Former Pools midfielder Antony Sweeney, who left Pools last summer, has been out for six weeks with a thigh strain but came through a reserve game earlier this week and could make the squad.

Carlisle (likely): Gillespie, Grainger, Potts, Atkinson, O’Hanlon, Griffith, Kennedy, Brough, Dempsey, Wyke, Young.

Subs: Buddle, Paynter, Dicker, Thirlwell, Beck, Hanford, Rigg.

Pools (likely) (4-4-2): Flinders, Duckworth, Harrison, Bates, Austin, Franks, Featherstone, Tshibola, Nelson-Addy, Fenwick, Hugill.

Subs (from): Maxted, Richards, Miller, J. Jones, Walker, Green, Smith, Hawkins, Harewood.