Teen ace is keeping well

HARTLEPOOL United will be forced to enter the loan market in search of a back-up goalkeeper after teenager Dominic Scott played the full 90 minutes of the 2-0 defeat against Telstar.

The 16-year-old only travelled to Holland as reserve to Scott Flinders after normal deputy Andy Rafferty suffered a knee injury, which will keep him out of the start of the season and possibly beyond.

But No1 Flinders is now suffering from a thigh strain, meaning Scott was thrown the gloves and his senior debut for the first friendly of the summer.

Boss Neale Cooper hopes that his star netminder will be fit for Wednesday’s game with Almere City, but going forward he will seek cover for the Yorkshireman.

“Scott’s injury isn’t too serious but it seems to be lingering on a bit,” explained the Scot, “Hopefully he’ll be back in a couple of days.

“But we’ll have to look at it going forward in terms of bringing someone in because Andy is also injured.”

Should Flinders’ problem persist then Scott, a first-year Academy scholar, would be the only fit keeper on the books.

But he, too, almost missed out on last night’s game.

“He hurt his finger in the morning and there was a slight doubt over him as well!” revealed Cooper. “But he did well.

“It’s hard for him because he’s only 16.

“But I thought he performed well and there wasn’t much he could do with the second goal when it was deflected off the wall

“His kicking was good and he can be proud of himself because there was a bit of pressure on him coming in at such a young age.”