Mick Wadsworth rules out dipping into the loan market

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MICK Wadsworth will NOT dip into the loan transfer market despite a spate of injuries ripping through his forward line.

Hartlepool United have just two recognised strikers going into tomorrow’s League One clash at Scunthorpe United.

Colin Nish and Colin Larkin both underwent knee surgery yesterday while James Brown has been struck down with a fresh groin problem.

That leaves James Poole and Adam Boyd as available frontmen, although with the latter out of form it will be midfielder Andy Monkhouse who leads the line at Glanford Park.

But Wadsworth insists he will not be seeking temporary reinforcements and, despite having scored just once – a penalty – in eight hours at Victoria Park, the Pools boss will keep faith with his own men.

“I won’t be considering the loan market at the moment,” he said.

“We’ve got Poolie who can play up top and Monkhouse has done a good turn up there as well.

“He’s taken to that position very well. He’s talented, is good in the air and when he’s played up there we’ve had good results.

“I remember at Exeter last year, when he got two goals, and at Chesterfield this year when Poolie got two.

“They’ve done well together and it’s another opportunity for them.

“We’ve got Boydy as well and Ritchie Humphreys can go up there if necessary.”

Pools are also without Sam Collins (calf) and Scott Flinders (suspension) for the trip to Humberside.

The situation is similar to the early part of the campaign when Wadsworth had no fewer than six first-team players sidelined for one reason or another.

That period, however, threw up a club-record unbeaten start to the season as Pools’ eye-catching form defied their shortage in personnel.

Wadsworth went on: “It’s a similar situation now as it was earlier in the season and it’s always an opportunity for others.”

Pools’ form away from home is a different story to that of their sorry run at the Vic and they’ve lost just once on the road all season.

Tomorrow’s opponents are five places adrift of Pools in 17th position but have already beaten Wadsworth’s boys in the Johnstone Paint Trophy, a comfortable 2-0 win back in August.