Hartlepool boss pleasantly surprised by Jake Cassidy-Padriag Amond link-up

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Craig Harrison believes the blossoming partnership between Padraig Amond and Jake Cassidy will only get better and better.

As well as Hartlepool picking up their first point of the National League campaign, the link-up between last season’s top scorer Amond and new boy Cassidy, who netted on full debut, at Macclesfield on Tuesday night was Pools biggest plus point.

And the gaffer admits the link-up between the duo has come a little bit of a surprise to him.

Not because of their respective abilities - he knows just how good they are - but due to the fact they played little more than 45 minutes together in pre-season.

“I thought they worked well together,” said Harrison, whose side next travel to Maidenhead United on Saturday.

“They are both hard workers and physical, although Jake is a lot bigger in size than Podge.

“What Podge does do is use his body really well.

“They can both run in behind, they can both win their first balls.

“To be honest, it was not something we really visited in pre-season. I think they only played one 45 minutes together.

“Jake had a little injury and Podge was much further forward, so for whatever reason it did not happen.”

While Harrison was impressed with the dynamic duo, he has urged caution.

The manager continued: “It is a relationship in its infancy.

“They have only played a game and a half together.

“It is something that will only get better.

“I think that partnership, as well as others, will only continue to get better.”

Amond and goalscorer Cassidy were not the only pair to catch Harrison’s eye.

He explained: “I thought Scott Harrison and Louis Laing were excellent together.

“That is another partnership that can only grow.

“They both won their headers, were aggressive and have great pace.

“Ideally we would have more points on the board but there are positives.

“Each week in training we are getting better and better and in training, too.”