Craig Hignett reckons that Sunday’s friendly against Middlesbrough is coming at the perfect time and will act as a great way to measure the progress the players are making.
After thumping Northern League opposition Billingham Town, Shildon and Newton Aycliffe in their opening trio of friendlies, Pools now welcome Championship promotion chasers Boro this weekend.
And the Pools boss is looking forward to seeing how the squad react to the step up that Jonathan Woodgate’s side will give in Sunday's game, which kicks-off at 1pm.
“It’s the perfect time for us to step things up,” Hignett told us.
“We’ve had three really good workouts and played really well in all of them and now we want to test ourselves and see where are.
“Middlesbrough are a strong side so we know that Sunday’s game will be a big challenge for us but it’s also one that will be a really good gauge too.”
Fraser Kerr is hoping to be back in contention to play after shrugging off an ankle injury, while Ryan Donaldson is moving closer to a return after a calf problem.
Myles Anderson has been back in full training this week for the first time so isn’t too far off a playing comeback, while a decision is yet to be confirmed over Luke Williams’ involvement against his former club.
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