Triallists give Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore ‘food for thought’

Alex Whittle.
Alex Whittle.

Ronnie Moore has “food for thought” over whether to offer deals to two triallists at Hartlepool United.

Pools have added 10 new signings so far this summer, with Moore keen to add another wideman to his options.

With one or two struggling at the back I felt a bit for him.

He handed triallists Alex Whittle and Zac Thompson the chance to impress at Gateshead but Pools suffered another heavy defeat and Moore concedes it was difficult to judge the pair.

Whittle, 22, left Scottish side Dunfermline in the summer and the Scouser has featured in three games now for Pools.

Away to Spennymoor Town, in the home defeat to Scunthorpe United and away to non-league Heed, where he played the full 90 minutes at left wing-back.

Whittle looked pacy and direct at times, while also defending well in the first half.

But he had little impact after the break and Moore is weighing up whether to offer him a deal.

Moore said: “It was probably Alex’s worst game for us, he didn’t get on the ball often enough.

“With one or two struggling at the back I felt a bit for him.

“He is a good player though and bombs forward.

“There is food for thought there.”

Former Leeds United man Thompson, 22, started the game on the bench before coming on as a second half sub, replacing Brad Walker in the centre of midfield.

The former Everton youth, who has had a loan spell at Bury, can also play right back.

Moore added: “You can’t say whether Zac is a good or a bad player on that performance.

“I am not in a position where I can say to him ‘yeah we will give you a contract’ because I haven’t seen enough of him.”

Moore admits there is a lot of work to be done by his squad on the training pitch over the coming fortnight.

Moore said: “We will go back to the drawing board today and get it right.

“One thing we wanted to make sure this year was not conceding goals and keeping clean sheets.

“At this moment in time we don’t even look like we are going to keep a clean sheet.

“We are getting caught on the break and people are making mistakes.”