HARTLEPOOL United are running the rule over former Middlesbrough starlet Nathan Porritt.
Manager Neale Cooper said last week that he was considering taking the 22-year-old on trial after he had impressed against Pools for Whitby Town.
And left-winger Porritt played the full 90 minutes of last night’s 3-1 reserve-team win at Bishop Auckland.
However, it was another former Premier League academy ace who starred, James Poole scoring twice to send a timely reminder of his talents to first-team boss Cooper.
Micky Barron took charge of a strong Pools XI – including Paul Murray, Ritchie Humphreys, Jack Baldwin and Nathan Luscombe – and he explained the situation with trialist Porritt.
“We’ll continue to have a look at Nathan, but fair play to him, he came in without knowing any of the lads and played the full match and did well,” said Barron.
“He has definitely got quality on the ball and has that ability to unlock things. But last night, with all respect, it was against Bishop Auckland, and we’d probably want to see him against stronger opposition.”
Andy Johnson put Bishops ahead before Poole’s double and Ben Wignall added the third late on.
Pools: McHugh, Richards, Baldwin, Johnson, Holden, Larkin, Humphreys (Wignall 46), Murray, Porritt, Poole, Luscombe.
Subs not used: Tuck, Hedley.