Hartlepool boss happy with showing at Whitley Bay

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison expressed his satisfaction at a job well done at Whitley Bay - even if Hartlepool United were held to a 1-1 draw.

Harrison loves to win, his relentless pursuit of honours in Wales with The New Saints is proof of that.

However, the Northern League outfit fought back to clinch a share of the spoils through Callum Patton’s well-executed 53rd-minute penalty.

“The game provided what we wanted it to provide,” explained Harrison, who wants ALL his players fit and ready for the National League match with Dover Athletic.

“It got the lads who did not play on Friday night 90 minutes to get ready for this week.

“I don’t want any excuses from people - whichever team I pick on Saturday, the players have to be physically ready and Saturday ticked all the boxes for that.

“Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to win the game but it did what I wanted it to do and provided exposure for younger players.”

Harrison felt Pools let Whitley Bay off the hook at Hillheads.

Trialist Lewis Maloney’s brilliant early goal was followed by some dangerous attacking football.

But Pools could not find any more goals with Bay keeper Tom Flynn making great saves from Jake Cassidy, Junior Mondal and Jon Franks.

“We started on the front foot and did the same in the second half but then they have scored the penalty,” said Harrison.

“The conditions were quite tough, it was blustery, tyhe pitch was dry and a bit bobbly and for Whitley Bay it was their cup final if you like and they played well.

“Overall, we got what we wanted out of it.

“The physical preparations for this week was the main thing we wanted before anything.

“We got no injuries, which was a bonus.”