If Hartlepool United are to be a success this season much could rely on talented forwards Adam Boyd and James Brown.

Both Boyd and Brown found the net in the Carling Cup win over Championship side Sheffield United, and Boyd added his second for the season against last season’s play-off contenders Swindon Town on Saturday.

Boyd left the club in 2005 after finishing the season as top scorer with 29 goals. His goals that year helped the club to a League One play off final.

That memorable season is still in the minds of all Pool supporters, and saw Boyd form a formidable partnership with club favourite Joel Porter who left the club in 2009 in favour of a move back to his native Australia.

However, Boyd rejoined the club in the summer of 2009 and is now paired up with a new club favourite James Brown.

Brown who, like Boyd, is a product of the youth set up at Hartlepool, has gathered admirers in the last few seasons.

Scottish giants Celtic among with a number of Championship clubs were rumoured to be interested in the talented forward.

Brown 23 - who has been described as one of the most talented players to represent the club - is tipped for a big future in the game. Injury has so far hampered his progress and he has suffered the misfortune of two cruciate ligament ruptures in his young career.

However with Brown coming through a good pre-season unscathed and Boyd arguably hitting his prime at the age of 28, Hartlepool know they will have a forward line capable of unsettling any defence in the league.

After being tipped to struggle this season Hartlepool are now three games undefeated. Hartlepool’s next fixture is against League One opponents Yeovil Town, and is likely to see Boyd and Brown start up front for the third consecutive match.

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