Hartlepool boss gives triallists three games to shine

Fergus Bell in action for Hartlepool United last night
Fergus Bell in action for Hartlepool United last night

Ronnie Moore has called on three triallists battling it out for a contract to prove they are good enough for Hartlepool United.

And they have a three-game deadline to show what they can do.

I will tell them all probably after Saturday’s game what is going to happen with them.

A strong Pools side comfortably beat Northern League neighbours Billingham Town 7-0 at Bedford Terrace last night, with Moore naming Johnny Giles, Fergus Bell and Leon Dawson in the side.

With 10 new faces already arriving at Victoria Park, Moore has little scope to add further signings.

There is room for one new permanent deal ahead of the new League Two campaign but Moore is keeping an open mind before committing.

Durham University student Giles started at left wing-back and impressed, providing the assist from a corner for Harry Worley’s towering header to open the scoring.

Midfielder Bell, who has been training since the start of pre-season, also shone with his neat play, while Dawson was quieter in the middle but did well in spells.

All three played 45 minutes and Moore says it is up to them to prove they are worthy - with games against Harrogate Railway away tonight (KO 7pm), Whitby Town (Friday) and Spennymoor Town on Saturday to come.

Moore told SportMail: “Johnny is a student and we were asked if we would have a look at him.

“He was in training the first week then had to go home and missed the Army week - that is clever isn’t it - maybe that is why he is at University and the others aren’t!

“He will have another game tonight [at Harrogate Railway].

“I will tell them all probably after Saturday’s game what is going to happen with them.

“They have three games to say ‘look, I’m better than what you have got and I deserve a contract.’”

Ex-Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town midfielder Bell is 24, while Dawson is a graduate of the Hull City academy.

Moore was pleased with the effort shown by all three.

He added: “I thought Bell did okay for us, he came in and got on the ball and all the triallists have done okay.

“They just need to improve a bit more, one or two of them.

“At the end of the day they have to be better than what we already have.

“We don’t have a lot of scope left to bring more players in but I was pleased with them and they all worked hard.”

Pools made light work of their Northern League opposition, with the hosts unable to cope with the wholesale changes Moore made at half-time when he changed his entire team.

It showed the strength in depth and while Moore wasn’t overly concerned with the result, he was pleased with the performance ahead of eight more friendlies.

Moore added: “It is not really about the results but it is about getting the fitness levels to where they need to be come August 8.

“I would rather be winning than losing though, that’s for sure.”

The same squad of players will be involved tonight, with Moore again giving the players 45 minutes each.