Hartlepool United boss believes Boyce amd Harrison growing into great partnership

Andrew Boyce in action for Pools during their 1-0 loss at Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID
Andrew Boyce in action for Pools during their 1-0 loss at Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore believes Scott Harrison and loan signing Andrew Boyce are developing into a “massive” partnership at the back for Hartlepool United.

The Harrison-Boyce combination is the third central defensive unit employed by Moore this season.

Him (Boyce) and Scotty have developed a massive understanding

Ronnie Moore

Harrison has been the one constant in the heart of the defence, playing all 990 minutes, the last 180 with Boyce alongside him.

Moore did not shy away from a potential tricky decision of leaving out one of his major summer signings, Harry Worley, following the

defeat at Wycombe.

It signalled a recall for Boyce and when his loan period ended after the goalless draw against Cambridge, the Pools chief contacted Scunthorpe United to extend it.

That deal was done this week and Boyce has another month at Pools, starting with this afternoon’s visit to Yeovil Town.

“It took a couple of games for him to realise what we want from him,” said Moore.

“His fitness levels were not as good as they could have been through lack of games.

“He’s finding his legs now and he’s done brilliant, especially the last couple of games, when he’s been outstanding,.

“Boyce’s dominant, he’s a good size, that’s what you need at this level with some of the big sides you are going to come up against.

“He knew he was going to get an opportunity, that’s why he’s come.

“Him and Scotty have developed a massive understanding.”

Moore was impressed with the way the pair, and their team-mates, coped with Cambridge last weekend.

“We proved, on a physical side, we can go out and match teams,” he said.

“We did it with Cambridge last week and I don’t think there’s going to be many teams as tall and physical as they were.”