Hartelpool United boss Ronnie Moore looks to strikers and beyond to find goals

Ronnie Moore.
Ronnie Moore.
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Ronnie Moore wants his Hartlepool United strikers to be ‘brave’ and go for their chances, writes Roy Kelly.

Moore takes Pools to Portsmouth tomorrow for one of the most difficult propositions in League Two.

It’s about how brave you are? Do you carry on shooting, or take an extra touch in their box?

Promotion-chasing Pompey have lost just twice all season and have conceded only two goals in their last six matches at Fratton Park.

The Pools boss will not write off his side – far from it, he says they will be up for the challenge.

But he wants his frontmen to go for goal. The four vying for the three advanced places have seven goals between them – Scott Fenwick (3), Rakish Bingham (2), Rhys Oates (2) and Mikael Mandron (0).

Their total combined matches the tally of leading scorer Billy Paynter, who is out until February with Achilles trouble.

Bingham is in contention for a return to the starting XI tomorrow and Moore would love to see him on the scoresheet.

“Bings has so much quality, but is lacking in confidence at this present time,” said Moore. “I can’t give him that – that’s got to come from within.

“It’s about how brave you are? Do you carry on shooting, or take an extra touch in their box?

“He’s got to get back to basics, he’s got to start hitting the back of the net.

“He’s 22, with pace to burn and if he can get that finishing right then he’s going to move us up the table and going to do himself the world of good at the same time.”

Bingham had the miss of the match in the 1-1 draw at Salford seven days ago, Fenwick not being far behind when he made a mess of an attempted diving header.

“Scott has that little bit of experience, he’ll be disappointed he did not score at Salford,” said Moore.

“But he does get a goal for us.”

Moore pointed out that getting goals is not an exclusive job for the forward – other players have to weigh in with some.

And he warned that they can’t just wait for the return of Paynter.

“Billy’s a massive miss,” he admitted. “He has seven goals and he’d probably be on 10 now.

“He’s out for at least the next four to six weeks so it’s vital in that time that we hang on in there. Goals have to come from all over the pitch – not just our strikers.”