Hartlepool United to keep Scunthorpe United defender Andrew Boyce for further month

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 will today look to complete the paperwork on a second month on loan for centre-half Andrew Boyce at Hartlepool United.

Moore has already spoken to Iron boss Mark Robins about keeping the 25-year-old following a successful four-week stint at Victoria Park.

Boycey’s loan is up and hopefully it will all be sorted for him to stay here another month

RONNIE MOORE

Boyce was originally brought in to provide cover following an injury to Harry Worley. But when Matthew Bates was injured early on at Stevenage, the 6ft 4in Yorkshireman has been an almost-permanent fixture since.

Worley did regain his centre-half spot in the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy tie against Sheffield United with Boyce unable to play in that fixture.

But Moore relegated Worley to the bench at Exeter – following an uncertain game against Wycombe – and Boyce has been paired with Scott Harrison for the last 180 minutes.

“Boycey’s loan is up and hopefully it will all be sorted for him to stay here another month,” said Moore.

“We’ve spoken to Scunthorpe and I hope everything will get sorted.

“We’re pretty positive it will happen, we just need to speak to their chief exec.”

Boyce and Harrison played well against the U’s on Saturday and were seconds away from a clean sheet the previous weekend.

Moore is pleased with the pair and was happy with Harrison’s display, in particular.

“It’s taken a little bit of time for Scotty and Boycey to get an understanding there,” said Moore.

“Scotty was back to what we know he’s like, including bringing the ball out.

“I thought we were immense at the back, considering Cambridge are supposed to be a footballing side now apparently.

“A lot of long balls were put in our box and our back four were great, especially our two centre-halves with their heading.”