Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore promises no let-up

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore has not spared his Hartlepool United players in the first two weeks of pre-season training.

And nor will he tonight when the ‘fun’ starts with the opening friendly test, at Billingham Town.

They will get 45 minutes to play and work on their fitness then the next XI will come on.

The Pools squad will relish the sight of a pitch and football after the arduous training camp with the Army at Catterick last week.

But this evening’ short trip to Bedford Terrace will not be a walk in the park promised Moore.

The Pools boss will get all his new signings out on the field and plans to field separate XIs in each half.

It is a pattern which will be repeated for the rest of the week, at Harrogate Railway tomorrow, Whitby Town on Friday night and Spennymoor on Saturday.

“The lads are really looking forward to playing and I can’t wait myself,” said Moore.

“We have around 24 players, so we’ll probably have two teams, with the lads getting 45 minutes each.

“It’s going to be about getting out there and playing at a high tempo.

“I’ll be telling them ‘don’t sit back thinking you are going to get 90 minutes, because you aren’t’.

“They will get 45 minutes to play and work on their fitness then the next XI will come on.

“We’ll do the same on Tuesday at Harrogate, Friday at Whitby and Saturday at Spennymoor.

“Only then we’ll have a look to see where we are.

“We’ll have a rough idea of see who’s come through, who’s playing particularly well, and so on.

“The following week we might give players longer.”

Moore has signed seven outfield players in the close season, defenders Carl Magnay, Harry Worley and Jake Carrroll, winger Kudus Oyenuga and strikers Rakesh Bingham, Billy Paynter and Rhys Oates.

And he re-iterated what he told SportMail last week that, new keeper Trevor Carson aside, no position has been decided on yet for the home League Two opener against Morecambe on August 8.

“It’s up for grabs,” he explained. “As I’ve said before I don’t care who plays.

“Whoever pre-seasons well plays on August 8.”

The most recent signing, keeper Adam Bartlett, will also feature.

The Geordie was signed after being surprisingly released by Gateshead, despite three outstanding seasons in the Conference.

And while Moore says Carson is his number one, he expects strong competition from the experienced 29-year-old.

“He’ll put pressure on Trev, he won’t have it all his own way,” said the boss.

“Scott had it a bit his own way last season but that won’t happen here.”

Moore has a whole squad to pick from, something he is encouraged by.

“The big plus is we’ve had only one injury so far which is a slight groin strain to Kieran Green,” he said. “That’s fantastic, after two weeks it shows how fit the lads really are.”