Slovenian trialists unlikely to win contracts to stay at Hartlepool United

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TWO Slovenian trialists played the full 90 minutes for Hartlepool United’s reserves yesterday as boss Ronnie Moore continues his search for new signings.

But it is understood that free agents Danijel Jurisic and Denis Mesic are unlikely to be offered deals following the 1-1 draw away at Burton Albion.

Scouse midfielder Danny Ventre, who is available on a free having left Derry City in November, also played the full match.

Moore is desperate to add more quality to a Pools side currently propping up the Football League ahead of Saturday’s visit of Cheltenham.

So far, Moore has signed Sunderland defender Scott Harrison and Mansfield striker Rakish Bingham on loan until the end of the season, while Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola joined on a month’s loan.

But Moore wants to add two more loans signings ahead of the crucial Sky Bet League Two clash at Victoria Park.

It appears unlikely that 25-year-old striker Jurisic, who made four sub appearances for Cowdenbeath earlier in the season, and centre back Mesic will be added to the squad though, despite the pair spending time training with Pools this week.

Before joining Derry, 28-year-old Ventre spent five years with Sligo Rovers and was their captain when they won Ireland’s Premier Division title in 2012.

They all played 90 minutes as Pools’ reserves were denied victory in injury time at St George’s Park as Burton came from behind to rescue a point in the Final Third Development League outing.

John Hewitson’s side took the lead through left-back Darren Holden’s curled effort in the 55th minute, but Mark Shelton’s cross deflected off Holden and into the net as the hosts grabbed a late equaliser.

Midfielder Brad Walker and forward Scott Fenwick both started for Pools, the former Dunston UTS striker coming off after 55 minutes ahead of the visit of Cheltenham.

Kieran Green, Fenwick and Walker all had chances to put the visitors in front before half-time, while keeper Jonathan Maxted had to remain alert to deny Lucas Akins, who was clean through on goal.

Reflecting on the 1-1 draw, Hewitson said: “I think we created a lot more opportunities than Burton and they didn’t really hurt us, so it’s disappointing we couldn’t hold on for the win.

“We kept possession well at times and there were some good individual performances but we did still lack a little bit of quality in the final third on occasions.

“Josh Nearney and Jordan Richards did well at the back, Kieran Green was industrious in midfield and drove forward well with the ball and Brad Walker looked somewhere back to what he can be.

“Overall, we’re satisfied with the performance but we’re frustrated we couldn’t make the most of our chances and lost out on the three points so late in the game.”

Pools: Maxted, Richards, Nearney, Mesic, Holden, Smith, Green (Turnbull 60), Ventre, Walker, Jurisic, Fenwick (Mitchinson 55). Subs: Howes, Dawson, Blackford.