Pools game with Bournemouth could beat weather

Victoria Park covered in snow .Picture by FRANK REID
Victoria Park covered in snow .Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United’s League One fixture with Bournemouth tomorrow night remains in doubt - but at the moment the game is ON.

There was positive news over the weekend as a rise in temperatures saw the snow covering Victoria Park begin to thaw and, as of Monday morning, the pitch was clear,

The club has not planned a pitch inspection, although they will be mindful of Bournemouth’s travel plans with the South Coast club set to fly to the North-East on Tuesday morning.

Pools trained over the weekend in preparation for the game having seen Saturday’s home fixture with Shrewsbury Town fall victim to the weather on Friday morning.

With rain and sleet rather than snow forecast for today, however, there remains a chance that tomorrow’s game will get the go-ahead.

Meanwhile, with 10 days of the January transfer window remaining, it appears unlikely that any new faces will be arriving at the Vic.

Instead, Pools boss John Hughes plans to make use of the loan window which reopens after the first week in February.

Hughes explained: “Just because it’s the window everyone says it has to be done my the end of January.

“But even when the window closes we can still get loans in and that’s what we’ll be looking at.

“It has to be the right type though.”

In the meantime, Hughes will look to the club’s squad players to enhance their claims for a first-team recall having admitted his starting XI is “picking itself” at present.

“I’m quite happy with the form that one or two are showing and the team is looking settled” he said.

“What I’m looking for is the guys like James Poole and Andy Monkhouse to start knocking one or two off their pedestal.

“I’ve already said that guys will be given a chance to make the jersey their own and I expect a response to that.

“But we’ve got a few who are chomping at the bit to get in and that’s what I want.”