Hartlepool United striker Rakish Bingham is back on the goal standard – and he hopes it’s the first of many.
Bingham scored his first goal since the opening Saturday of the season when he went around Northampton keeper Adam Smith to roll the ball into the net in the 21st minute of Saturday’s 2-1 League Two defeat at Sixfields.
After frittering away several chances in recent appearances, the 21-year-old was thrilled to find the net with a show of speed, skill and composure.
He used his pace to get on the end of Michael Woods pass before beating Smith.
“It was a difficult chance – you’ve seen them missed on occasions, “ said Bingham.
“People think they are easy chances, but even with an open goal you have to keep your composure.
“I saw the keeper coming out at me as I went throught and decided straight away to get around him and put it away. Once I went by him I was confident and knew what I had to do.
“As it left my foot, I didn’t realise how close the defender was, but it had enough.”
“Hopefully I can keep getting into those positions and put those chances away.
“I know my pace and movement can cause problems for defenders.
“Now it’s about putting them away and kicking on.”
Boss Ronnie Moore will today step up his hunt for new talent but insists Pools are not a “million miles away”.
Moore was unhappy at a “lack of leadership”, especially at the back, after Pools found themselves two down inside a torrid first 21 minutes at Northampton, but feels just a couple of signings would make all the difference.
“I don’t think we are a million miles away, but we need some new blood,” Moore said. “We need fresh faces, more energy in the right areas.
“Once we get that right, I think we’ll be OK.”
Central defence is the key area for Moore who thought he had a loan signing lined up on Thursday only for the manager of the player he was trying to bring in to have a change of heart.
But the Pools boss stresses he will keep “knocking on doors” to get the right figure and character.
Pools were behind early on, Marc Richards scoring, with a second coming on 21 minutes when Andrew Boyce turned in a Nicky Adams corner.
Northampton: Smith, Furlong, Cresswell, Brisley, Buchanan, Hackett (D’Ath 68), O’Toole, Byrom, Adams (Taylor 90), Richards, Hoskins (Calvert-Lewin 76). Subs not used: Diamond, Lelan, Watson, Clarke. Booked: Calvert-Lewin. Goals: Richards 4, Cresswell 21
Hartlepool: Bartlett, Halliday, Harrison, Boyce, Carroll, Smith, Woods (Walker 75), Featherstone, Oates (Oyenuga 67), Bingham, Paynter (Fenwick 90). Subs not used: Carson, Bates, Hawkins, Jones. Booked: Oates, Smith, Oyenuga. Goal: Bingham 31
Att: 4,477. Ref: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).