Hartlepool United’s name counts for nothing, Pools must earn the right to win - Scott Loach

Pools keeper Scott Loach.  Picture by FRANK REID.
Pools keeper Scott Loach. Picture by FRANK REID.

The name of the badge doesn’t get you anywhere in the National League.

Hartlepool United must earn the right to win at this level – that’s the view of goalkeeper Scott Loach.

At the end of the day, we have to earn the right to play


Loach has been one of the stand out men in Pools difficult start to life in the fifth tier.

And he could do little about their last result - a 2-0 defeat at Bromley’s Hayes Lane on Saturday.

The former England squad man reckons that having a big team mentality counts for nothing this season.

The key is producing the goods when that whistle goes on the weekend.

And if Pools continue to not deliver, Loach knows there are a host of other non-league sides ready and waiting to make the club’s first season at this level even more of a nightmare.

“We have got players of incredible ability. In fact, I would say we have got players who really should not be playing at this level,” explained the former goalie.

“But whether you have ability or not you have to earn the right to win.

“At this moment in time we are not quite doing that.

“Against Chester we dominated and showed character to come from behind and should have won but apart from that we have been lacking.

“We were looking to build on that and couldn’t.

“At the weekend we controlled the game but it was again lapses in concentration that are costing us.

“I know sometimes it is not nice to watch but we need to keep forcing teams back. We need to keep it on them.”

Pools boss Craig Harrison is determined to see his team play the right brand of football, no matter who the opposition.

And Loach buys into that ideal. It is not the style the keeper thinks is the problem, it is more that too many of the Pools players are not doing the basics right.

“Football is a business just like any other,” he said.
“Every single player needs to come here, to work, and make sure they are doing their job. If they do that, we have the talent in this squad to make sure everyone goes home satisfied. It is as simple as that.

“A lot of teams at this league are ruthless.

“At the end of the day, we have to earn the right to play.

“The only way to do that is to pull together. We just have to make sure that we do it. And we need to do it now.”

l Tickets for Hartlepool’s trip to Guiseley on Bank Holiday Monday are on sale in the club shop and online.

Pools have been allocated around 1,000 tickets for the clash, with 800 on the terracing, with 200 seated briefs available.

Tickets must be bought in advance, with none available for sale on the day of the game on Monday (kick-off 3pm).

Pools have already sold around 300. Prices: adults £15, seniors (60+) £10, students £10, under-18 £5, under 12s free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.