MATCH-WINNER Scott Fenwick says signing for Hartlepool United has “changed his life” – and he is desperate to do all he can to keep them in the Football League, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.
The 24-year-old notched his fourth goal in six starts in the 76th minute, a goal which proved crucial in the 3-2 win over play-off chasing Plymouth Argyle.
Fenwick, a former civil engineer, was a major doubt ahead of the match due to an arm injury he sustained in the draw at Tranmere Rovers.
But hard work off the pitch with the physios – headed by Ian Gallagher – enabled the crowd favourite to take his place in the starting line-up and score what turned out to be the winning goal.
The ex-Dunston star, plucked from non-league by former boss Paul Murray, was delighted to score the winning goal as Pools clawed the gap back to safety to seven points.
“The crowd have taken to me and this club has changed my life,” said Fenwick.
“I know people say about playing for the club and the badge, but I do – Hartlepool changed my life.
“Eight weeks ago I was digging roads up, 12 hour shifts to keep my boss happy.
“Now I’m playing football for a living and it’s supposed to be called a job.
Fenwick – who once continued to play for Dunston despite
suffering a broken jaw - said there was no chance he would miss the crucial Argyle match through injury.
He’d first injured his right arm in training and then compounded it with a heavy fall at Tranmere.
The Gateshead-born frontman dedicated his goal to the club’s physio staff.
Fenwick said: “I was always going to play, but I’ve had to work hard all week and it’s thanks to the staff that I got there.
“The lads had a couple of days off, but Buster the other physios and me were in.
“We’ve been to Middlesbrough, worked in the pools there and I’ve grafted hard to make sure I was in.
“It’s a reward to score, we’ve worked every day and the goal is for the physios here.
“That goal is for those three.
“I’ve grown in confidence each week and it’s another goal, a good feeling.
“It’s a long-range one for me - ten yards - but still in the box where I normally live.
“I got a bit of banter with the lads saying I scuffed it, but I gave him the eyes - have that!
“It’s about concentration.
“I was desperate to score, the keeper came off his line to give me some gyp, but I wasn’t having it.”
Jonathan Franks, who played on the opposite flank to Fenwick, in an attacking 4-3-3 formation scored Pools’ first two goals.
Fenwick was delighted to see Franks get some reward for his hard work, even if he said he should have scored a hat-trick.
He added: “Fransky got two and he’s been battered with the chances he’s missed.
“But he grafts and got his goals and deserved it.
“He got two but should have had three!”
Other results didn’t go Pools’ way, with rivals Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United and Dagenham & Redbridge all winning.
Fenwick added: “Results haven’t gone for us, but we are nine points off 17th which shows the fine margins in the league.”