Hartlepool United need a response at Boreham Wood, says Scott Loach

Skipper Scott Loach. Picture by FRANK REID
Skipper Scott Loach. Picture by FRANK REID

Scott Loach says Hartlepool United’s “unbelievable support” will want a reaction this weekend at Boreham Wood every bit as much as the squad.

Pools head to Meadow Park in 12th place, just one point off the play-off positions.

We have to keep the fans coming but we’ve also got to give them something to cheer about


But Craig Harrison’s team take on the Wood having just suffered only their second defeat in the last 14 matches when they were beaten 3-0 at Morecambe in the FA Cup.

An amazing blue and white army numbering 854 massed at the Globe Arena, where they turned the tie into a home match.

And that 12th man Loach says is vital to the Pools promotion campaign, not just this Saturday but every Saturday.

“Our support is unbelievable,” said the in-form keeper.

“When it went to 2-0 people could have left but they stuck with it right to the end.

“They are our 12th man.

“When you go to places like Boreham Wood, and this is no disrespect to them, there might only be 400 or 500 fans in the ground.

“If we can take big followings then we can create our own atmosphere and drown out the home fans.

“We had an incredible number of fans at Torquay, it’s a great following we have.

“We have to keep the fans coming but we’ve also got to give them something to cheer about.

“While you could see they were happy at Morecambe and enjoyed the occasion, they will be looking for a response [at Boreham Wood].”

Loach says the Wood are the sort of side they must beat if they are to achieve their promotion dream.

It will not be easy this Saturday when they face a North London side whose present mood could be described as cock-a-hoop.

Boreham Wood knocked out League One outfit Blackpool in the FA Cup last weekend to set up a tie at former winners Coventry City in the second round.

They are also 10th in the National League, on 27 points but above Pools on goal difference.

“You look at Boreham Wood, they are the teams we are going to have to beat if we are to be there or thereabouts,” said the 29-year-old who joined Pools from Notts County in the summer.

“Again, that’s no disrespect to them, who have been in the league a few years and have good players, but so have we.

“We have experience in our team, like Feaths, Woodsy and Devs, we are missing Mags but that’s when we all have to step up to the plate.

“We bounced back after Eastleigh and take the positives from this.

“We need to dust ourselves off, go again and I think we can have a good stretch of the season.”

While Pools missed out in Lancashire last weekend, they have not lost on the road in the league since August 19.