Ex-Hartlepool loanee Rakish Bingham relishing return to North East with Mansfield Town side

Rakish Bingham scoring for Hartlepool United.
Rakish Bingham scoring for Hartlepool United.

FORMER Hartlepool United loanee Rakish Bingham says he will put his personal feelings for Pools to one side when his Mansfield Town team visit.

The 21-year-old spent a month on loan at Pools at the turn of the year and he said he had a “great” time at the club, working under manager Ronnie Moore.

But he was recalled to Mansfield and is set to be in the squad for the visitors on Saturday at Victoria Park - if he can shake off a knock to his hip.

“I had a great time there,” said Bingham, who scored the winner against Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

“I made some good friends there and had a good relationship with the manager [Ronnie Moore] as well as the fans.

“I had a feeling that they were going to get some results and push up [towards a safe league position] and my feeling was right.

“That’s the feeling I had leaving the camp there.

“It’s going to be an interesting game, but I’m going to put my personal stuff aside and focus on our team and hopefully we can get a win there,” added Bingham, who was talking to the Mansfield website.

Moore, meanwhile, has urged his players not to slip up against Mansfield after back to back wins over Morecambe and Oxford United.

“Our home form has been good, much improved and it’s just a pity we conceded right at the end last time out against Burton,” said Moore at his pre-match press conference.

“If we slip up then the hope goes again doesn’t it?

“Nobody in the bottom four or five can afford to slip up as games are running out.”

Pools have no new injury worries. Matthew Bates (thigh), Scott Fenwick (ankle) and Michael Woods (ankle/leg) all remain out injured.