Akins’ delight at unbeaten start

Former Tranmere Rovers man pleased with how his new - and old - teams have started the season

STEVENAGE winger Lucas Akins is delighted with the starts both his new club and his old side have made to the League 1 season.

The 23-year-old joined Boro at the start of the campaign from Tranmere Rovers and, coincidently after 11 League 1 games, the side from Prenton Park are top of the table with Stevenage tucked in behind them in second with both clubs still unbeaten.

Akins told The Comet: “It’s brilliant, they’re [Tranmere] absolutely flying at the moment and as long as we’re in touching distance and have got something to aim for we’re gonna try to push ourselves.

“Whatever happens with Tranmere we’ll try to look after ourselves and be in touch.”

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Rovers were keen to keep hold of Huddersfield-born Akins in the summer, however he wanted to be part of Boro boss Gary Smith’s plans at The Lamex.

“I came to this club because I knew the ambition of the club, I knew we have got some fantastic players,” he said.

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“We have gelled really quickly, to go 11 games in the league unbeaten is a great achievement.

“We are hoping to push on from where we finished last season and that’s the aim.”

Akins played 90 minutes on Saturday as Boro continued their incredible start with a 1-0 home victory over Scunthorpe United.

“The first half didn’t go as we would have liked, but we came in with a clean-sheet which was very good and what we set out to do because we knew the second half would change and open up and we would get our rewards,” Akins said.

“It’s taken a fantastic strike from Greg Tansey, who we are becoming accustomed to seeing score great goals, to get us over the line and ultimately it didn’t matter how we got there as long as we did.”

That result came after a fine 2-1 mid-week success away at Notts County.

“To follow up Tuesday’s game was important today [Saturday] to follow it up with a win,” he added.

“It’s a great start to the season and we have a week off now to recuperate and get ourselves right for Colchester, which is another massive game and we hope to carry on our away form.”

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