Hartlepool boss has a selection headache as keepers fight over first team place

Adam Bartlett in action for Hartlepool United against Chesterfield. Picture by FRANK REID
Adam Bartlett in action for Hartlepool United against Chesterfield. Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore is weighing up whether to bring fit-again Trevor Carson back into the fold or stick with Adam Bartlett in goal for Hartlepool United.

It is a welcome headache for the Pools boss, with Carson now fully fit again after two months out with a broken toe.

The Northern Ireland international was brought in this summer as the new number one to replace Scott Flinders who left for York City.

But Carson suffered an injury on the eve of the new season, ruled out with a fracture to his toe.

That led to Bartlett stepping in and he has impressed, despite conceding seven goals in his last two games.

But Moore has not put any of the blame at the feet of the 30-year-old stopper, who was rated one of the Conference’s best goalies after three superb seasons at Gateshead.

Moore admits he has a big decision to make over whether to recall Carson, who was named on the bench for the 4-1 defeat to Luton Town at the weekend.

“Trev is back now and fully fit,” Moore told SportMail.

“It is just a case of is he going to come back in and play?

“You can’t blame the keeper for the seven goals.

“We have to wait and see what happens with that.”

Three of the 11 new arrivals in the summer were goalkeepers, with Moore revamping the club’s goalkeeping department.

Bartlett came in as the understudy but has impressed in the first team, while Carson has endured a frustrating start to his Pools career with injury and Peter Denton is the club’s young back-up.

Denton has been on the bench this season as cover for Bartlett but lost his place for the visit of the Hatters with the return of Carson to the first team fold.

* Hartlepool United’s reserves take on Middlesbrough today in the Final Third League Cup at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace ground (KO 2pm).