United assistant manager Ned Kelly was pleased to see the reserves rampant at Hartlepool United in midweek, when they won 8-0.A hat-trick from Jennison Myrie-Williams, braces from trialist Victor Zapata-Caicedo and Kyle Wootton and one from Hakeeb Adelakun helped the reserves beat a youthful Pools side.
“It was a good performance against a very young team and they are a genuine bunch of players,” Kelly said, speaking on The Iron Player.
“To beat anyone 8-0, young team or not, it takes a lot of organisation and will to work which is what we have got. It was a pleasing result, although it isn’t everything in reserve team football, but there was some very good performances.
“It was a good display from Jenno (Myrie-Williams) and some other players. It confirms they care and want to do well and they could have gone a different way on a cold night in Hartlepool. They were very professional.”
The match saw the return of central defensive pairing Niall Canavan and David Mirfin, although Kelly refused to put a timescale on first team comebacks.
A shoulder injury has kept Canavan out since September 20 and Mirfin is yet to play this term after picking up a knee problem in pre-season.
He said: “They came through very well, they have worked very hard on their rehab so far and we thought it was the right time for them to get back in a competitive game and it was a young Hartlepool team.
“They both had 45 minutes and they will be back out next week, hopefully getting more minutes on the pitch again and working forward to join back with the first team.
“They have both been out for quite a while. A half at Hartlepool and more training next week, we will just play it week by week.”
See much more from Ned Kelly and Neal Bishop on The Iron Player.