Hartlepool United hope to have Ronnie Moore back for Pools v Newport County

Billy Paynter scores Pools first goal against York. Picture by CHRIS HORSLEY
Billy Paynter scores Pools first goal against York. Picture by CHRIS HORSLEY

Sam Collins hopes Ronnie Moore will be back tomorrow night to provide a lift to Hartlepool United – in more ways than one.

Collins joked that he is looking forward to the return of the Pools manager so he can share a car to Victoria Park with him from their Yorkshire homes!

We hope Ronnie is back, we’ve spoken and Charlotte is feeling much better


But the assistant boss, who has led Pools to two away wins out of two, says Moore being back in the dug-out would give everyone at the club a boost for the match against Newport County.

Moore flew out to Spain last week to be with daughter, Charlotte, who was taken ill on a family holiday.

The youngster is getting better and the Moores are now just waiting on a flight home, giving hope that Ronnie will be back in the technical area.

“We hope Ronnie is back,” explained Collins. “We’ve spoken a lot and Charlotte is feeling much better. She is tired and sleeping a lot but that is helping her recovery.

“We’ve just carried on and done things as we normally do.

“Even though he’s been away, we speak all the time.

“There’s been nothing to change here, it’s just been about making sure things run smoothly and the players know what is expected.

“They are a good group we have here– they are all good pros.

“We all hope he’s back and I’ve missed him – I’ve had to drive every day!

“We normally take turns to drive so I’m looking forward to him giving me a lift!”

There will be no worries at the Vic should Moore’s absence be extended to tomorrpw’s match against the winless Welsh outfit.

Collins, who has been assisted by former Pools centre-half Ian McGuckin, has done a great job over the last week.

And Moore will regain control of a side who are one of just five League Two sides with a 100 per cent record.

It is early days with a capital E – Pools are fifth after just two weekends of the Sky Bet programme.

But confidence is bubbling, especially give the way they fought back to win 2-1 at York City on Saturday.

Roared on by 1,834 fans in the away end, goals in the last 19 minutes by skipper Billy Paynter – his third in three games – and Michael Woods made it two wins out of two.

Such a start, in the aftermath of last season’s great escape, has raised expectations and Collins has no complaints about that.

“That comes with the territory if you keep winning games,” said the 36-year-old, who hailed the travelling army at Bootham Crescent.

“People will expect it the way we have started.

“We knew we would have a good following again and to go there and bring such a good following is a great feeling.

“We’ve not won here in 27 years so it is good for them.

“That’s the reward for them for sticking with us.”