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Re: Next up: Stevenage (A)
Posted by: Aldo'smuzzy
Date: 04/08/2018 19:18
Should have won, could have lost. On that basis, not too unhappy with a point on a sweltering afternoon.

Not sure Stevenage will be anything special this season but you can see the difference from non-league - their defence was physically stronger and their forwards more lively and savvy than we've become used to seeing.

We had some good situations before they scored two very preventable goals - should have cleared our lines earlier for the first, and closed down better for the second. Brilliant passing play, ironically after we almost lost possession at the back, put Nors clean through for his first, then we really went at them after the break. Nors scrambled one home then missed a sitter and almost finished off two cracking crosses - first from Banks, the other a peach from Tollitt. They came close late on too, so a draw probably fair enough.

Plenty of positives to take away, and a few things to work on too. Positives - great spirit to come back in difficult conditions, we looked decent going forward, Nors was lively, Stockton a strong physical presence, Smith looks a real handful and Tollitt showed glimpses of his best after he came on, Zoom looked good too and Scotty was safe. We did look a bit vulnerable through the middle at times and Steeeeeve no longer wins EVERY ball, but nothing to be too alarmed about at this stage - the sharpness will come and Norburn's return will be a positive, though Banks and Harris did grow into the game after a shaky start.

Over 1,000 of the SWA present and in good voice. It's good to be back!

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