Moore is in no real mood to com­plain

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

A NEW con­tract signed on Fri­day, a first win of the sea­son to fol­low the next day – it’s been a happy start to the new sea­son for Ron­nie Moore.

Af­ter his hero­ics in keep­ing Hartle­pool United in the Football League last sea­son, the vet­eran boss was re­warded with an im­proved long-term deal.

And, while his side were rather for­tu­nate to beat More­cambe, who twice hit the wood­work, Moore wasn’t com­plain­ing.

“I thought it was en­ter­tain­ing – good crowd, great at­mos­phere,” he re­flected. “We were bet­ter side first half, they were sec­ond.We changed to three up front and it caught up with us later on in the sec­ond half, there’s things to work on but it was promis­ing and I can’t ask for much more.

“We rode out luck a bit then they hit the bar and our keeper made a great save to keep it out. We will play worse and win, play bet­ter and lose.

“The pleas­ing thing, as al­ways, was a clean sheet. The keeper was on top form and with that sort of ef­fort and work we will be good.”

Moore has signed ten new play­ers this sum­mer and two of them, strik­ers Rak­ish Bing­ham and Billy Paynter, linked up to score the goals for their new side.

Af­ter Ryan Ed­wards can­noned a header off the cross­bar, Pools took the lead.

Michael Woods’ shot was saved, Bing­ham picked up the loose ball and crossed for Paynter to nod in his 100th Football League goal.

At the other end, Jamie De­vitt should have lev­elled be­fore the break, he beat the off­side trap, rounded keeper Adam Bartlett but fired wide.

Then Lee Molyneux poked wide of an open goal from eight yards af­ter be­ing teed up.

Bing­ham got in be­hind the back four, beat­ing full back Lau­rence Wil­son but failed to score.

He made no mis­take when Paynter’s deft chip played him and he drilled low un­der Roche for a fine fin­ish for a de­but goal.

There was still time for Kevin El­li­son to crash against the un­der­side of the bar and Shrimpers’ boss Jim Bent­ley said: “They took their chances, and we never. We’ve had enough chances to win more than one game to­day. “We were a lit­tle un­lucky. We’ve hit the cross­bar twice, had a goal dis­al­lowed and got into some great ar­eas.

“We can't be too down­hearted. We’ve cre­ated enough chances to win the game.

“Per­for­mance-wise, we were very good.We were away at a tough place so it was de­cent enough.”

Bent­ley re­vealed, too, that there are con­cerns about skip­per Peter Mur­phy, who was with­drawn af­ter the 11th minute. He said: “It looks like a bad knee in­jury.”

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