Mansfield v Hartlepool: Three selection issues facing Ronnie Moore ahead of League Two clash

Rakish Bingham
Rakish Bingham

Hartlepool United travel to League Two rivals Mansfield Town on Saturday in search of their third successive win.

Pools are looking to build on the 1-0 FA Cup first round win over Cheltenham Town and the 3-1 televised league win over Leyton Orient.

Ronnie Moore's selection dilemma ahead of Mansfield

Ronnie Moore's selection dilemma ahead of Mansfield

But what selection dilemmas are facing boss Ronnie Moore ahead of the League Two game at Field Mill?

SportMail's Richard Mennear takes a look at three key areas.

Should Moore stick with Scott Fenwick up front or bring Rakish Bingham back into the fold?

The main injury concern for Moore at the moment is Billy Paynter who will miss the trip to Mansfield as a result of the small tear in his Achilles, the forward is to see a specialist on Friday.

Scott Fenwick

Scott Fenwick

On-loan Sunderland forward Mikael Mandron enjoyed a positive debut, providing an assist in the Orient win and scooping the man of the match award. His place in the side is assured.

But who will Moore play alongside him? Fenwick got the nod at Victoria Park on Sunday, with ex-Mansfield striker Bingham having to make do with a place on the bench.

Bingham has been struggling for goals this season, with just two to his name, but the 22-year-old has provided several assists to his grateful teammates.

His pace is a big weapon up front and I'd be tempted to start him alongside Mandron in attack.

Should Pools persist with Kudus Oyenuga on the wing?

On paper, Oyenuga is one of the form players for Pools . Two goals in two games has helped the side to back-to-back wins in the FA Cup and league.

His penalty against Orient pulled Pools level and he was keen as mustard to take it, with few other players showing the same levels of enthusiasm to take the spot kick.

Credit to Oyenga for that and he certainly adds balance to the side, with Moore keen on playing two wingers.

After scoring against Orient though his performance levels dipped, skewing one ambitious effort from distance high over the crossbar behind the Rink End - with the ball yet to land.

Moore said afterwards that he wants to see more from direct Oyenuga and it is hard to disagree, his overall game needs to improve. But he is keen, enthusiastic and works hard.

And he has a goal in him.

He is keeping Rhys Oates out of the side but is certainly worth persisting with against Mansfield.

Should Scott Harrison return to the starting line-up?

Harrison has had to make do with a place on the bench after returning from a hamstring injury given the impressive form of Matthew Bates and Boro loanee Adam Jackson.

Harrison did come on for Michael Duckworth - who went off with a severe bout of cramp - in the Orient win at full-back and did okay.

But Duckworth is expected to return for the Mansfield game, with Moore giving head physio Ian Gallagher every chance to get the right-back fit.

That leaves Moore to decide whether to keep Harrison on the bench or break up his defensive partnership at the back.

And after back-to-back wins and only one win conceded, Moore will be loathe to do that. Bates and Jackson have impressed and they don't deserve to be dropped.

Bates, handed a new contract in the summer, has impressed recently while Darlington-born Jackson has been a revelation since arriving on loan.

Stick with that pairing this weekend and Pools may well sneak another win as they look to climb the league.